Saturday, August 7, 2010

Parasailing is an Adventure

We just returned from vacation and one of the exciting new adventures we got a chance to tackle was parasailing. I've always wanted to try it, but had never gotten the opportunity until this trip. The photo to the left is of us launching off the boat and into the air. My daughter is in the middle. I'm on the left and my mother-in-law is on the right. Just as an FYI for those of you who think you're too old--she's 70.

One of the neat things was how quiet it is up in the air. It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. Of course, I checked the weather and chose the day based on the best forecast. Small planes were flying by us and we were parallel with their advertisement banners. The breeze was cool, but not too cold. You could hear the parachute snap in the wind at times. The view scanned the horizon for miles in all directions, way above all the high rises. Some people could see sharks and dolphins swimming in the water. The whole experience was too short, but quite exhilarating, and unforgettable. 

How do you incorporate some of your adventures into your writing? I'm not sure I can work this one into an historical, but I might be able to compare it to a person who works the high sails or takes a turn in the lookout tower in an historical ship. Another possibility would be to include my experience in a balloon ride since they were available in the late 1800's. If I have a later novel set between WWI and WWII, I might be able to include it in a parachute jump.

If you feel like your novel is sagging in the middle, you could always spice it up with an adventurous character. Does your novel lack characters that would do anything unusual or dangerous to raise the stakes? Even if your heroine and/or hero wouldn't do anything crazy, what about a secondary character whose actions would bring consequences that would affect the hero/heroine and their goals?

What was your last adventure? What do you hope is your next adventure?

4 comments:

  1. Wow! Talk about getting your heart pumping! I can only imagine the beautiful views. What a cool mom and grandmother your daughter must know she has ;)

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  2. Hi Jennifer:

    I have a parasailing story that happened to me. I’m a pilot so being up high was not that big a deal for me but my wife was scared I’d get killed. So all week, from Monday until Friday, we watched the parasailing boat and everyone one all week long landed perfectly on the back of the boat. So by Friday my wife agreed it was safe enough for me to try.

    On our boat were two young guys, about 25 years old, their girlfriends, me, my wife, and a 13 year old girl. The two guys were nervous and I could tell they didn’t want to chicken out in front of the girls so they picked a fight with the boat driver about the cost of the trip and refused to go up. In the meantime this little girl, I don’t think she weighed over 100 pounds, couldn’t wait to go up. She had a great time and I know her joy made the two guys sick.

    Then it was my turn. So I go up smooth as could be to about 600 feet. The view actually looked like I was in a light plane in the landing pattern waiting to land.

    What happened next? The engine dies and I become a real parachutist. My wife says, “You can’t leave him up there!” I could hear her all the way up where I was. I remember thinking: “Don’t worry. I’m not going to be up here very long. That’s not the problem. Getting tangled up in the ropes in the water is the problem.” The boat driver tried to pull me in by hand by I fell short and the ropes fell to the side of me. By then the guy had put more gas in the tank and he came and picked me up. My wife said, “Never again!” I thought, but didn’t say, “Why not? I loved it.”

    When I got back on the boat I said, “Man, that was fun.” You should have seen the look those two guys gave me.

    If anyone can use any of this in a romance, please do. Sometimes truth is better than fiction.

    Vince

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  3. Vince,

    That is an awesome story! And yes, I'd be more scared of getting tangled in the ropes and the cords than anything. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. How fun!! I would love to do that sometime!

    I'm not much for adventure, but I've always thought I'd love parasailing.

    My 15-year-old son has mentioned trying skydiving. I told him NO! That's just too scary for me to even contemplate!

    I guess my biggest adventure lately was driving to Orlando. ;)

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