Montana Jones

Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.

Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Passing pumpkins

Freefalling with a pumpkin in your hands is bizarre. It makes it hard to fly and stay stable. I found a two handed approach worked best, but I bet I was backsliding a lot. My partner did swoop in and made contact, but we didn't complete the pass. I tried to hold it by the stem when opening my parachute but the poor gourd pulled right off the stem and flew away. That pumpkin is now a splatter in a cow pasture.

One the most entertaining days I have had at a dropzone in a long time. And only in Montana. Most big drop zones have too much air traffic or not enough space or regulations or whatever that prevent them from bombing pumpkins out of airplanes. In Montana we have just the right mix of small, out of the way and crazy creative people. I am almost disappointed that I will have to wait till next years pumpkin jumps for another opportunity to fumble with a big fruit in the sky or watch an aircraft swoop the field dumping pumpkins out the door.

Sweet...when I jumped up there I would never have thought of dropping a pumpkin. How high up where you when you let it go?
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