Terrifying and rewarding are two words that aren't commonly associated with one activity, but they pair perfectly when you're trying to describe bungee jumping.
On Friday, Daily News reporter Cara McKenna and I set out to strap an elastic band to our feet and jump off a 45-metre tall bridge.
OK, it was a little more elaborate than that, but that's essentially what we did.
We booked our jump at Wild-Play Element Park one week in advance. Once the date and time was set it became a little too real.
"When (deputy editor Philip Wolf) first asked me if I wanted to bungee jump I thought he was joking," Cara said.
Before we knew it, it was jump day.
I would love to say that I was as cool as a cucumber, but I wasn't. On the drive out to WildPlay Element Park I was petrified and didn't want to do it.
Once we pulled into the park the employees had already decorated the area for Halloween. Fake tombstones lined the pathway
leading to the registration booth.
After Cara and I signed the waiver we were told to climb the stairs to the top of the bridge and wait for jumpmasters Steve
Bobowski and Bryan Huitikka.
By this time Cara and I were both as white as a ghost. My heart was pounding out of my chest, my stomach was in a knot, I was sweating and all I could
think about is backing out.
Just by looking at Cara I knew she was feeling the same.
"Before I jumped, I was terrified, which has to be normal human instinct when you're about to purposely plummet from a high ledge," she said.
I agreed to go first but we both agreed first or second, it was still scary.
Once the jumpmasters came they harnessed the elastic band around my ankles and walked me to the edge of the jumping platform.
In the week leading to the jump friends told me that the best way to do it is to just do it. Don't think about it, don't hesitate; just jump.
Easier said than done when your toes are dangling over the edge of a 45-metre tall ledge and you're being told to jump.
Standing on the edge was possibly the scariest moment of my life, but the second my feet left the ledge that all changed.
The jump was the most exciting, exhilarating thing I have ever done. The adrenalin rush was beyond anything I have ever felt.
Cara was up next. Immediately after I jumped she was asked what was going through her mind.
"I'm terrified," she said. "It looked really scary but it only lasted for a few seconds so I
think I'm just going to get it over with."
By the time I was unhooked and made it back to the top of the bridge Cara was strapped in and leaning over the edge. I felt bad for her; I knew exactly what she was feeling and how hard it is to leave the platform.
"I hesitated a lot," she said.
"The jumpmaster told me to just do it and that way I could get on with the nice day, which is what got me to do it in the end."
After a little encouragement she left the platform barreling toward the water below.
"It was a relief and pretty exhilarating to - literally - dive in. I was proud of myself for jumping, it felt empowering to conquer the fear," she said.
It was a rush, a life experience, and we're both glad we did it. If you're a real adrenaline junkie, WildPlay Element Park is hosting an event on Oct. 25 that will give even the most experienced jumpers the butterflies.
From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. guests can bungee jump in the dark.
You can also participate in the Halloween Moonlight Monkido Aerial Adventure from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. It's a one-night event and advance bookings need to be made online at www.wildplay.com.
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