Inspiration, determination, perseverance, positivity, ingenuity, teamwork, a great perspective on life and a little bit of luck are all it takes to start your own business (among other things like money and stuff). For my good buddy James Scott, these things come pretty easy. When he first told me about his idea to bring a bungee jumping business to Bend, Oregon, I thought, “THAT’S AWESOME!!!" However, I
realized that these things tend to catch flak like a trawling net catches shrimp. For some reason in our current society, things that are different, adventurous and maybe a little dangerous are looked at in a negative light. The positivity, ingenuity, determination and perseverance of James was enough to overcome all of the legal and political red tape of operating the highest bungee jump in North America at 300 ft above the Crooked River in the Crooked River Canyon at Peter Skene Ogden State Park. With opening weekend coming up, I made plans to head down and support my good friend at Central Oregon Bungee Adventures (COBA).
When I arrived I was so stoked to see how well everything was going. The teamwork of everyone working together with James was like a Swiss clock. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about the whole thing. Usually when I hurl myself off an object, I have the
security of a parachute that I assembled and packed. With this, in my head at least, I just have this big rubber band to save me from crashing into the river and rocks below. After getting all rigged up, I left my apprehension on the deck of the bridge and gave a big push off. Watching James, Mehama and Jackson zoom out of view as I
accelerate downward was pretty awesome. I finally rebound for the first time and then do something completely foreign to me. I start accelerating back up at the object I just leapt from! This continues a few more times until things settle down and James lowers the retrieval line to me. My perspective from a hundred feet above the river was amazing. With the canyon walls all around me, the bridge above me and the river 100 feet below me, I had a complete 360 degree spherical view of this amazing canyon. I took a few minutes to take it all in before arriving back at the deck and gave James a big bear hug (with the size of James, these are the only kinds of hugs you can effectively give him!). I gave myself a few minutes to let the stoke wear off. One would think that skiing, flying, paddling and jumping all over the world would dull your senses a bit to this type of thing. Quite the contrary. I get just as excited and the stoke and inspiration flows just as hard as the first time. This life is the gift that keeps on giving. I’m just so glad to be able to share this wonderful gift with so many beautiful people.