Week 20: Parasailing Over the Majestic Pacific Ocean
"She had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous." - Jane Austin
What did I do:
Spent a Sunday morning in Newport Beach parasailing over the majestic Pacific Ocean. Whether you believe in evolution, creation or teeter somewhere in between, parasailing is for you! My 10 minute flight offered an opportunity to bridge my understanding of science and my practice of spirituality over the majestic Pacific Ocean. Bernoulli's Principle allowed my parasail to lift me off the boat while I tapped into the stillness that I know as God. That is, once I got over my fear of heights and enjoyed the views, sounds and scents of the ocean, land and sky.
Who was with me:
Surprisingly, neither my friends or my family joined me on this fun adventure. I ended up parasailing with 8 delightful strangers and two hilarious instructors.
What did I learn:
Parasailing is possible because of the Bernoulli Principle. The curve of the sail used causes the wind to split and makes more pressure pushing up than pressure pushing down. Thankfully, we had some strong winds and a fast boat allowing me to soar high in the sky. I realized that I am not scared of heights as long as there is no threat of me actually falling. While suspended in the air with my legs dangling out of the harness, I was quite at peace.
Would I do this again:
Yes, next time I’d like to spend a bit more time in the air and also dip my feet in the water on the way back to the boat. The entire experience was 2 hours with each person/couple getting about 10 minutes of time in the air. It was over so quickly. Now that I have tried parasailing, I think I am ready to give paragliding a try. From what i hear, it is a bit more adventurous.