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Bungee jumping off the Bridge to Nowhere with Bungee America!

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To some, the thought of jumping hundreds of feet off a bridge towards a raging river below is terrifying, and then there are those who think, “Where can I sign up?”

I personally fall somewhere in between the two categories, Drew leaning more towards the later, but I can honestly say that I’ve never felt more safe doing something so crazy than I did with the crew of Bungee America.

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Having been around for almost 25 years and having a perfect track record, thanks to their belief in having a backup for every backup, Bungee America is the only company in California that is State Licensed to bungee jump from a bridge, or anything else for that matter. On top of that, whenever Hollywood is in need of an expert stuntman, Bungee America is where tinsel town turns to first. Legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Carrey are among the long list of Hollywood stunt credits!

Another important thing to note is that Bungee America operates all year long, rain or shine, so you can get your bungee on no matter what the weather decides to do.  We were grateful for this because on Saturday we awoke to a cold and rainy winter morning, but we knew this wouldn’t stop us. By 6am we had layered on our clothing, packed up our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, filled our Camelbaks and made our way to the Bridge to Nowhere (map here).

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The history behind this mysteriously named Bridge to Nowhere, is that in 1938 the East Fork Road was washed out during the great flood, leaving the Bridge to Nowhere forever stranded. This beautiful and moderately difficult 10- mile round trip hike on the East Fork Trail follows the river with several stream crossings and a number of rock falls to climb over before reaching the giant arrow (photo below) that points you towards the final ascent to the bridge. Along the way you will find friendly gold diggers, campers, herds of big horned sheep, naturally growing mistletoe and “Gladiator’s Corridor,” where Russell Crowe’s final scene in the movie “Gladiator” was filmed!

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The trail was wet, freezing and surprisingly enjoyable. Our leader kept us entertained the entire time and the other members of the group only added to the epic 2 hour journey. When we finally arrived to THE bridge, of course the first thing we did was look over the edge, oh boy; at least there was hot cocoa and tea to help calm our nerves before deciding who would be taking the 120-foot dive first.

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“5-4-3-2-1 BOOM!” this was the sound everyone heard while being peer pressured into one of the most memorable experiences of their life as they threw themselves into thin air, free falling at nearly 3 times their body weight. As you can see, I  had a hint of hesitation on my face:

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Followed by terror:

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Followed by pure bliss:

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While everyone experienced a freedom and joy unlike any other:

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The rare kind experienced sweet serenity:

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And wait! We’re not done yet. Drew and I so boldly agreed upon doing 2 jumps, that way we could each do a forward and backwards dive, truly completing the experience. Check out the videos below of my and Drew’s first bungee jump!

There is something so daring about bungee jumping; it represents letting go of the comforts of the known, and thrusting yourself into the overwhelming feelings and amazingly liberating experiences of change. While all leaps of faith are an individual journey, sharing these experiences with others is truly what helps to make them so memorable.

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And talk about a great date idea! I was never so glad to be back on land with this Mr.

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Take the leap, we dare ya 😉

10 Comments

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    darren

    August 25, 2016

    Just came across this. I bungeed the bridge to nowhere with BA way back in Dec 1993. A guy named Ron was our guide. It was amazing. We hiked in, did two evening jumps, then supper, then two night jumps(the most fun I have ever had!!). Slept overnight on the mountain with a meteor shower to top things off, breakfast, then two morning jumps followed be the hike back. It’s been 23 years and I still want to go back. It’s a long way from Louisiana and I’m no longer in the shape I was at 25. 🙂

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      mrandmrsadventure

      August 26, 2016

      Wow! your description from your memories sounds very rich. We would love to experience it all over again as you did. Thanks for sharing!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      August 28, 2016

      WOW… What an adventure!!! That sounds absolutely epic. I don’t think they offer that these days, though it would be amazing if you could reach out and see if they would recreate it for you 🙂 Thank you for sharing this incredible memory… It sounds once-in-a-lifetime, but doesn’t have to be 😉

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    Laura

    April 16, 2016

    I recently jumped off from The Bridge to Nowhere as well. It was an amazing experience and Bungee America tour guides are the best! The hike to the bridge is a tough 5 mile hike, but the time flies by! You almost forget that you are hiking to jump off a bridge!! Even though I have a HUGE fear of heights the jump itself was so fun. The whole time you have music blasting loud and the whole crowd cheering you on. I can’t wait to do it again!

    For the full experience check out my article HERE

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      mrandmrsadventure

      April 17, 2016

      Sounds like you had an awesome time! It was FREEZING and raining the day we went… 1 out of 2 rainy days all year! But regardless we had an unforgettable time with BA, it’s run by some great people :)))

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    Gary Morgan

    December 12, 2013

    Brittany,

    We are so jealous. If Lora and I only knew that this hike and adventure existed, we would have been there.

    I can’t find the video. Any hints?

    Gary

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    Jed

    December 11, 2013

    Found your blog through a Google image search of Potato Chip Rock and started following your adventures. You guys rock!

    We did Bridge to Nowhere on New Years Eve in 2011. It was a lot dryer, and totally awesome! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opvSDa22hyM

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      mrandmrsadventure

      December 11, 2013

      Thanks so much for sharing your story with us! And what a great way to start the new year right?! It looks like you had a perfectly blue day, we loved the intro to your video too! Wishing you an awesome 2014, so glad to have you along for the ride 🙂

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