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The Ultimate Adventure: Skydiving, Riverboarding, and Rafting - Page 3

Written by Lesley Boutilier
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What do you get when you combine the extreme adventure sports of whitewater rafting, riverboarding, and skydiving? It’s called the ultimate adrenaline rush and Millinocket, Maine is the only place in North America where you can do it all in the same weekend. Gone are the days of relaxing on a river, taking in the scenery from a comfy airplane seat, or paddling quietly in a canoe. New trends in travel include extreme adventure sports and pushing the limits. At the base of Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak, I found Penobscot Adventures, Three Rivers Jump and Raft, and the experience of a lifetime! Rafting the Class V Penobscot River, riverboarding the whitewater rapids, and skydiving from 11,000 feet was the most insane, adrenaline-filled weekend of my life!

 

The Ultimate Adventure: Skydiving, Riverboarding, and Rafting, Millinocket, Maine, Adventure sports, skydiving maine, river boarding maine, Penobscot Adventures, Three Rivers Jump and Raft, Penobscot River, Lesley BoutilierThe door opened at 11,000 feet and my instructor, Pat, told me it was time to go. Leaving the plane was the hardest part, especially since I had a death grip on the door of the plane, but free-falling through the sky at 200km/h was exhilarating; it literally took my breath away. The wind felt like a cushion of air suspending me in space; it was more like I was floating than falling! Once the parachute opened, my instructor and I glided gently back to earth and I could see everything that Maine has to offer.

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Adventure: Skydiving, Riverboarding, and Rafting, Millinocket, Maine, Adventure sports, skydiving maine, river boarding maine, Penobscot Adventures, Three Rivers Jump and Raft, Penobscot River, Lesley BoutilierAlthough the total dive time, from exiting the plane to reaching the ground, was only six minutes, when I touched the ground, I was on top of the world. Leonardo da Vinci said, “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you long to return.” I’ve even considered taking up a career in skydiving.

Adventure sports and the pursuit of adrenaline fueled activities has become an increasingly sought after diversion from the 9 to 5 monotony of everyday life. Many people are embracing what nature has to offer by doing things like skydiving, riverboarding, and whitewater rafting. In the past, many people opted for just one adventure sport, but nowadays most people not only take it to the skies or the river, but they combine the two! Due to the massive uptake of extreme sports, many companies are developing whole new concepts such as Jump and Raft. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

© Lesley Boutilier

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