|No, Mitch Warner didnt shoot the pictures
from the plane, but yes it was closer to the altitude that Mitch was at when he took the
gorgeous shot of Guam from 13,000 feet.
But, what I am
talking about is Annette Donners skydiving event as documented by Adam Davies and
posted on his Internet WebSite by Patrick Kelly.
Regarding the proof, Donner said, "R, You can go to this URL
and take the photos," http://bolts.guam.net/patrick/pictures/skydiver/.
Annette Donner and Eddie Cruz recently jumped out of a plane from
10,000 feet. It was Cruz's 13th time.
Annette sent an email message to many of us indicating her interest
and inviting any or all of us on her list to join her. Many times I was ready to punch the
reply button and say, "Yes! Annette, I want to do this. Can we do it tomorrow?"
But I didn't.
Eddie and Annette can now talk about the experience and I am still
waiting for the day when I can understand first hand what the feeling is like.
I have always wanted to jump from a plane and glide to the earth.
For no other reason than I am afraid of heights. Now you may be wondering, "What? You
are afraid of heights and you want to jump from a plane and glide all the way down to the
Well, if you know anything about me, there is very little that I
actually fear. And, when I say, I am afraid of heights, it means that I dont like
looking down when I am up pretty high, about the top of a ladder will do the job.
But, I am also the sort of person who faces my demons and dispels
them as often as I can. I do not shy from things that make my heart quarrel with my mind.
I actually enjoy the battle and often my mind wins because my heart is too soft and
I am more comfortable in the realm of rational thoughts than
emotional feelings because my heart deceives me. I dont trust it at all.
I trust my head instead because it rarely fails me. It deals with
facts and reasons things out and refuses to be easily persuaded.
That is why I want to jump so that I can put aside the battle that
has been going on for years about my fear of heights. My heart wants to control my actions
but my mind wont have anything to do with it.
My head says, "There is nothing to fear but fear itself. So,
face it and do it NOW! Prove to your heart wrong."
So, why havent I jumped from a plane yet? Because my husband
Bob will have nothing to do with the idea and has reacted sarcastically and indignantly
about the concept since I first articulated my desire to him in 1984.
But tonight that all changed. After seeing Annettes face as
she jumped out of the plane completely free, I knew that that is what I want and need to
experience. As I read her account which I have posted in the Pacific Womens page in
this site, my heart was struggling with the thought that I may buy it all and decide to
finally do it.
I clicked on all the photos and was giggling a giggle that
couldnt come out of my chest, just so happy for Annette that I couldnt stand
it. I rose from my chair and braved the entry to the living room where my lord and master
sat in his special recliner.
Bob looked up at me knowing that I was ready to announce something.
"Shying from the whole ordeal I said facing the television which he was watching,
"I am going skydiving next week."
I held my breath as I anticipated his response.
"O.K., that sounds like youll have a great time."
I spun around so fast I lost my balance. I was in disbelief but I
knew better than to show it. I was afraid that he would reconsider and say no.
"I cant wait. Annette Donner just jumped with Eddie Cruz
and I just have to do this Bob. I cant let another year go by without jumping."
"Why didnt you jump with them?" He asked with a
puzzled look on his face.
"Because Annette has always wanted to jump too but she chose to
do it on her birthday this year. If she had done it any other time it wouldnt have
been an issue for me."
"I see." Bob said. "So, who is going to jump with
"Well its a tandem jump so I wont be alone, but I
dont know if anyone wants to jump?"
I stopped there because I dont want the approval to be
conditional on the fact that someone does it with me. "Quit when you ahead," my
dad always told me.
And, when I heard those words in my head, I obeyed.
Click here Donners Descent from 10,000 Feet.