Jan 10, 200608:17 AMThe Life
Desert blogger jumps out of perfectly good airplanes
Jan 10, 2006 - 08:17 AMMaggie Downs is a skydiver who recently relocated to the desert. She has uploaded some amazing photos of her parachuting experiences, and she also blogs about them:
At 6,000 feet, about the same altitude at which the accident occurred, I turned and flew away from the group. I shoved my hands down by my sides, pointed my toes, and curled my shoulders forward until I shaped my body into a wing. I could feel my limbs cup the air, and I shot through the sky faster than I ever have before. Behind me, the group had kept my space open to recognize the missing man on the jump.
I deployed. After a few more seconds, I heard the snap of the other parachutes opening up in the sky around me.
It was a gorgeous jump. So stark and so simple and so beautiful. I wish the world could have seen it.