So I did it. I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane yesterday. My mom and sister are in town this week and we went skydiving on the North Shore yesterday morning. It was a beautiful day for it when we left in the morning. We already had advanced reservations (which I recommend doing because it is both cheaper and you won't wait very long). We watched a bunch of people come down before it was our turn and that helped alleviate any anxiety I had over the whole "speeding toward the ground" thing.
We got up in the plane, harnesses on, and were ready to jump when the pilot got a call from the ground saying that it started raining. This was a problem because hitting rain at 120mph hurts like a bitch. Yes, you fly to the ground at 120mph. Anyway, we circled around for a while until it cleared, but it never did. No one wanted to land, though, so we made the decision to just jump.
It was surprisingly not that bad. There was an initial feeling of falling (like when you drop in a roller coaster and your stomach jumps in your throat), but once you hit terminal velocity, it's just windy. The worst part was definitely the rain, though. It really stings like a bitch. That was the only time I knew I was really moving quickly through the air.
then we landed.