|Before our first jump yesterday|
To make a record, everyone must be in the pre-designated formation in her own slot, with the proper grip, and we must declare ahead of time whether it will be a one- or two-point skydive. We decided to go with the easier of the two, since we had not jumped together before, and we made the single point with time to spare. It was a wonderful feeling to be under canopy, realizing that we had just set a record. When we returned to the ground, all the husbands and other interested men were there to congratulate us, and we then watched the video and debriefed the skydive. We were so high from the experience that I cannot tell you how happy I felt.
Then we decided to go up and do the same thing again, but add a second point, which means that at least half of the people on the skydive must let go and re-grip again, in a different formation. Well, we had to try twice to get that accomplished, but we did, and now I am the holder of several different world, country, and state records for Women Skydivers Over Sixty! I snagged a picture off Terry's Facebook page (our vidographer), which is why you see the little marks, but I paid him for some good resolution pictures, which of course I will frame and keep forever.
|WSOS World Record 7 April 2014 (by Terry Weatherford)|
|Canopies landing at sunset|
Dear DJan, I always read your "Eye" blog first and then this one so I've come here right after leaving you a comment on the Eye blog. Now I've learned that you the holder of another record. So many records. It's just fantastic. I'm so happy for you. And I so admire your perseverance and your upbeat attitude toward life and your positive approach to everything you do. You are truly an inspiration to us all. Peace.ReplyDelete
I am beyond thrilled for you! Happy tears for your incredible accomplishment. What a life you are leading while showing what is truly possible. Thank you for being you - Amazing!ReplyDelete
I can see the newspaper headline now: "DJan takes dive, wins record." Or something like that. Congratulations on having a fun time and setting a world record! What a wonderful event for your last year of jumping out of airplanes. I'm excited for you!ReplyDelete
Blessings and Bear hugs!
This is a big accomplishment for you all!ReplyDelete
Congratulations. Awesome pictures!
I admire your active lifestyle.
Thank you, for sharing.
wow. that is absolutely awesome...and slightly terrifying...hahaha...especially the letting go and re attaching...so cool...and def very happy that it has been such a cool trip.ReplyDelete
that truly rocks! congratulations to all of you - but especially to you, djan. :DReplyDelete
This post brought tears to my eyes, DJan. What a wonderful and meaningful trip this has been. I am sure you will remember it forever. Congratulations for holding all of those records.ReplyDelete
What a terrific thing to accomplish! I'm so proud of you all for going back and doing it the hard way as well. Definitely a photo worth framing.ReplyDelete
Wow!! I am so happy for you! What a way to start your season...I won't say last season...yet.ReplyDelete
So glad it all went well and without injury!
Yesterday at carving a grandson of one of the carvers was visiting from Mukilteo Wa which is not far from where you usually skydive. Good to hear a eleven years old opinion of the North West..he can see ships in the sound from his home.
Have a safe trip back home:)
Happy soggy eyes for you here this morning. And if I am misty, how much more so you must be.ReplyDelete
Congratulations - and a classic 'going out on a high note'.
Wow! Just great!ReplyDelete
I found you place on Vagabond and I am glad I did.
Congratulations, DJan! What a way to end a fabulous time.ReplyDelete
Well, congratulations. For us who don't sky dive, we do not understand what a challenge this was for you.ReplyDelete
Congratulations DJan. I always knew you were awesome but now you are a record holder too.ReplyDelete
Have a safe trip home.
Absolutely amazing. Congratulations DJan! I've probably said this before, but I want to be like you when I grow up. You're an inspiration in so many ways. Enjoy basking in the glow of your accomplishment.ReplyDelete
You are amazing. Really, I know no one like you. You just keep doing all kinds of things that make me happy to just know you. You are my hero.ReplyDelete
I just read that my daughter wants to be you when she grow up. I would second that. I can think of no better role model I would like her to have.
Congratulations! I think you are the only world record holder that I know. Thanks for shining the light down the path for us as we age. You are a trail blazer that I am proud to know and follow.ReplyDelete
I saw the photo on Facebook and cheered for you! How wonderful for you!ReplyDelete
Many, many congratulations. What an achievement and what happy memories you take with you .ReplyDelete
If you are hanging up your "chute" on the way to retirement from the skies, well then DJan you have made a permanent mark in history, a dive that won a world record. Congratulations to you and the other members of your team. Each and every one of you together, some with whom you had never known accomplished this feat. Be proud Girlie - the sky Gods are happy for you.ReplyDelete
Good for you! Congratulations! How to age! Bask in the glow of doing what you love!ReplyDelete
Wow! This is awesome!!ReplyDelete
So happy for you, DJan! What a wonderful accomplishment... and what fun! I copied your *formation* picture so I could show it to my grand daughter (hope that's alright?) I've always loved the saying "Beyond the gloom of this world lies joy... take joy!"... and I think you have!ReplyDelete
My heart filled up & ran over a little for you as I read this, DJan. (I think my eyes, may have, too.)ReplyDelete
Congrats!!! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!
Don't know how I missed this. Congrats big time---wow. You must be so proud and to have a picture of the feat is super.ReplyDelete
Amazed at how far some of the divers had to travel.
Be proud, we are.
DJan I am so very happy for you – what a stunning achievement! This is a memory you will keep with joy for the rest of your life, and so should you – it is a fantastic accomplishment. I would have loved to watch your formation- looking up to the sky and see all these great ladies in the sky – wow! You and your team can be rightly proud of this exploit.ReplyDelete
Wow, wow, wow. That is so amazing. I'm glad you were able to accomplish such a fete. Have no idea why you are discontinuing this great pursuit of yours, as you are amazingly good at it. I'm guessing you have another hobby up your parachute.ReplyDelete
I so admire you.ReplyDelete
Excellent, DJan! I'm so thrilled for you. What a great accomplishment. Your joy is palpable. Congrats! :)ReplyDelete
OMG! OMG! You did it!!!! Congratulations to all of you!! Talk about going out in a blaze of glory in your final year of skydiving!! Whoohoo!!! :)ReplyDelete
DJan! This is truly incredible. I haven't been able to visit people yet, but I couldn't resist seeing what you were up to. Congratulations! This is just awesome! I feel so proud for you. You are truly my role model, my inspiration.ReplyDelete
Wow - so incredibly cool! Big congrats to your and your team. Visiting from Amanda's blog... :)ReplyDelete