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Welcome to Skye's The Limit!

This is my favorite sport, though I haven't jumped in years, I still have all my gear and hope to get back into it someday. This is how I chose the name Skye many years ago, when I first got online on some local BBSes, and long before I was on the Internet, Skye's the Limit became my slogan.

I hope you'll enjoy my little trip down memory lane. I scanned a pile of my skydiving photographs, dating from about 1982 to 1986. Pictures include some of my jump buddies, as well as pictures as me. There are some really beautiful photographs, so you won't be disappointed by taking the time to look! I'll probably add a couple more pages as time goes by. Also here, you can find some links to other skydiving sites, as well as a CNN video and some fantastic animations.

How did I get into skydiving, you might ask? Well, just a coincidence, really. I'd been interested in flying for many years, and in 8th grade had my first chance to go up in a small plane. I loved every second of it. I'd heard of skydiving, and thought it sounded like fun, but had no idea that it was something that I could find so close to home!

One day a friend of mine came over with a clipping she got from the newspaper. It was a coupon for $5 off a first jump course. No way, I said, not believing it was something she'd ever do. Yes, she said. Let's do it! Well, I needed no further urging. I found the coupon in my paper, and we called to sign up. The class was held in Papillion, but the Drop Zone was right there in my home town of Plattsmouth, Nebraska!

At first I wasn't going to tell my parents that I was going to do this, but thinking about it a little harder, I thought I had better, just in case something happened. I was surprised. They didn't really say anything about it. I thought they would try to talk me out of it. I found out later that they never really believed I would actually go through with the jump. My dad said that he'd had a chance to jump while in the military, and never did it. He didn't think I had the guts to do it. :) Boy, he was jealous when I brought home that first jump certificate.

I was excited the whole way through the class. I couldn't wait. One guy in my class asked me why I wasn't in the slightest nervous. Oh, I am, I replied! Very nervous. But, I knew it was going to be a blast, and that I was going to do it again (and again and again). He couldn't believe I was so sure of that. I was, though. Very sure!

Piper aircraft
animated skydiving falling

The day we had class, we couldn't jump, as the winds came up. I was very disappointed. We did get to jump the next day, though. Here we are, ready to go up in the plane. My friend, Jayne, was just ahead of me in the plane, a Cessna 182.

When it was her turn to go, out she went right away. My turn now. My insides turned to mush. I maneuvered myself into the proper exit position, sitting on the edge of the doorway, with my feet on the step, and hands on the doorframe. I looked down. Oh, boy! My jumpmaster said "Go". I sat there - not believing what I was doing. He said "Go" again more loudly, but I barely heard him. Then both the jumpmaster and the pilot, Jim Saunders (the owner of the DZ), yelled "GO" at me, and I launched myself.

A moment of sheer panic, then exhiliration filled me. My T-10 parachute was opening, thanks to the static-line, and I was flying through the sky under a canopy. How quiet and peaceful it was up there. I think I had a grin on my face, ear to ear, the whole time.

The next moment of panic came when I started getting close to landing. Because of my late exit, I was FAR from the grass runway that was the landing target. I was going to end up in the middle of the soybean field. That didn't bother me. It was how fast the ground seemed to be coming up that scared me. I pulled myself together, and mentally went over the landing procedure, and when the ground touched my feet, I was ready, and had a fine roll landing.

I wish I had some photographs of my very first jump, but it just didn't occur to me to bring a camera, or someone along to take pictures. :( I made up for this lack later, though. :) I rarely was seen at the Drop Zone without my camera attached.

round, green army parachute with skydiver underneath picture of a round parachute landing by a cornfield picture of a parachutist standing by her parachute draped over the cornfield
Here I am on one of my first jumps! Landing on the runway target already! Ok, barely, but it counts! :)

My Theme Song?

Follow the numbered pages to take a photographical tour through my skydiving pages, or choose which page you want to view next with the small text page descriptions below!

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[Just Learning] [Advancement] [The DZ] [Skydiving Buddies] [My Strato Cloud]
[Beautiful Chutes] [Skye and her Cloud] [Free Falling] [Pitfalls]

Skydiving cartoons!
Skydiving terms.

parachuting letter

Here are two awards I made with a skydiving theme, though your page doesn't have to be about skydiving to receive them. Click on the awards to go to the application page!

We've Fallen For Your Site Award Sure as Chutin - We Like Your Site!

Visual Expressions by Keith Larrett. Breathtaking skydive photographs. It's not just a small site, it is a whole gallery!
Para Gear Skydiving Equipment
Eric Johnson's movies 3 skydive movies.
Skydiving a gif animation
Womenin skydiving.
Joe's Skydiving Page movies and pictures!
Snuffy's Skydiving Poetry The name says it all!
Skydiving.Com Ultimate Skydiving Information link
Para Publishing Resources, publications and more.
Skydiving Movies.Com Over 3000 skydiving video files!
Online Skydiving game Check it out!

Craig, of the Drop Zone Webring's, homepage. Great photos, online logbook and more!
Craig Poxon on one of his early skydives

United States Parachute Association Logo

Only the BEST Skydiving Ring allowed on this site!
DropZone WebRing Homepage DropZone WebRing
Skydiving homepages

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any level,
any quality!
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