Once a year the river activities subside and the bridge hosts base jumpers and repellers! It is the largest man-made structure that allows base jumping, so they have to have at least 100 jumps experience and sign up in advance. People flew and drove in from around the US and the world to participate, and the city really came alive! It felt like a mini fair :)
It was so crowded!
The repellers waiting to walk to the ropes under the bridge:
Ben looking out before it was REALLYcrowded
We kept Whit well bundled in his stroller and he slept the entire time!
Do you like the mardi gras beads he got? :)
Jumpers could go as much as they wanted, so there was always a line of them waiting on the platform for their turn. Ben pointed out that they all had Go Pro helmet cameras
They are meant to maneuver their landing onto the white circle to the right of the river, but
speedboats are anxiously circling to pick up any jumper who accidentally lands in the frigid water.
Packing up their parachutes:
The point at which Ben decided to take up base jumping:
We stayed for about 3 hours then drove around the little town. We found a secluded dead end street that led to a roped-off walking path that we just had to check out. It turned out to be a fall-lover's paradise! Beautiful trees, colorful leaves on the ground, no other people, and a perfect view of the bridge.
You can see the repelling lines to the left of the bridge:
Yay for Bridge Day 2012! Two thumbs up!