Hoping for a Sharky Saturday

Farallone White Shark - photo by Peter Winch
Farallones White Shark – Photo by Peter Winch

This Saturday, September 30th, marks the start of the 2017 Great White Shark Diving Season at San Francisco’s Farallon Islands. It’s hard to believe this will be our 12th season at the Farallones.

Pre-trip delivery of new underwater cameras has been confirmed.  Waivers have been collected and wetsuit sizes verified.   Crew members in San Francisco are preparing the cage and working down their to-do lists.  There are air tanks to pick up and groceries to buy.

I can’t wait for 6 pm, Saturday…when the boat returns, and I receive my first trip report from the incredible Greg Barron…our Director of West Coast Shark Operations.  Fingers crossed that our first trip of the season turns out to be a very sharky day!

You can book your own San Francisco shark adventure online.

 

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Eclipse Skydives are Result of Extensive Planning

Alex Coker HAHO Tandem 1Tomorrow, several members of the IA team will travel to Portland, Tennessee, and begin making final preparations for Monday’s special Eclipse HAHO Jumps.  If all goes as planned, a lucky group of international adventurers will be in the air during Monday’s total and partial eclipse, literally enjoying a bird’s eye view of the darkened sky.  The thrill-seekers are set to make extreme high-altitude, military-style “HAHO” jumps, allowing them to remain airborne 20 minutes or more.

I had the option of going along for the adventure, but agreed to stay behind and oversee our Sarasota office.  Instead, I’ll be heading to DeLand, Florida in October to oversee our next special skydiving event….a high-altitude jump over Florida, with Skydive Everest’s Tom Noonan.

For more information about the skydiving adventures I sell and help to develop, visit www.skydivehigh.com.

 

 

Jessy’s Turn to Float

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It’s hard to describe the feeling of being weightless. I’ve been selling zero-gravity adventures for more than two decades and still haven’t found the perfect words. I can only say that there is nothing else like it.

Jessy, a new member of the Incredible Adventures team, completed her first zero-gravity flight last week.  I think the smile on her face says more than I ever could.

If you’d like to book your own zero-gravity space training adventure in Florida, send me an email or give me a call at 800-644-7382.

New Holiday Catalog is Team Effort

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I love this year’s edition of our digital holiday catalog.  I wish I could take credit for the great graphics, but I simply contributed text and inspiration and let our incredible webmaster Nancy work her magic.  The catalog makes use of “flip book” technology, so you can travel from dream to dream with ease.   May 2017 your most adventurous year yet!

 

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

5569882871_b505bdaa08_bI love San Francisco, so I’m really excited to have a new excuse to visit “for work”.  We’re now offering aerobatic flight training at Livermore Airport, less than an hour’s drive from the city.

I get queasy in elevators, so you won’t find me in the cockpit of a high-performance aircraft, performing rolls and loops over wine country any time soon, but I’ll be recommending the adventure to all my Bay Area friends. Our lead instructor pilot is a former Air Force U-2 pilot and a professional airshow performer.  Call Incredible Adventures at 800-644-7382 for more info.

I Love a Good Story

When Dane told us he was declared dead, we thought we misunderstood him. Australian accents and slang can sometimes be a little tricky for American ears. But, sure enough, the car accident that left him confined to a wheelchair was so bad, those on the scene thought he was dead.  His recovery surprised everyone.

As he battled back, he discovered he could accomplish things originally thought impossible. Dane says this is what made him decide he was going to spend the rest of his life pushing boundaries and refusing to let his physical limitations hold him back.

Last week, he set a new world record by becoming the first quadriplegic to make two high-altitude “oxygen” skydives within a 24 hour period.

That’s why I sell adventure….for the incredible stories I get to play a small role in writing.

I Know A Little About a Lot

hammertimeI am a wealth of adventure-related info.  Over 20 years in the adventure business will fill your head with all sorts of things.  I know the best way to attach mesh to the frame of a shark cage is with plastic zip ties, but also that the zip ties must be clipped tight and sanded, to make sure fingers aren’t pierced by shark divers, grasping onto shark cage bars.  I know the MiG-29 can climb to 20 km high, but that the typical altitude reached is 17 km in summer months and 18 km in winter months.  I know you’re much less likely to become airsick or seasick if you have a little food in your stomach, so one of the biggest mistake MiG flyers make is not eating anything prior to flying. I know it’s best for HALO jumpers to be clean-shaven, so the required oxygen mask fits better and that great hammerhead season in Bimini is December through April.

If you’re considering a life-changing adventure and have a question, don’t hesitate to ask me.  I just might know the answer, and if not, there’s a good chance I’ll know someone who does.