The Other Lake

Original blogpost was for Adventures on the Gorge and can be found here:  http://adventurewestvirginia.com/vacations/the-other-lake/ The Other Lake For ten years, I lived just outside of New York City. On my visits home, usually within my first twelve hours back in Fayette County, I would find myself exploring Plum Orchard Lake as if it were my first time there. The hustle-bustle of metropolitan life and the cacophony of city-sounds were always sensory-rich but there was something about the gentle sway of the pier, []

Who needs Barbie, I had Knieval!

When I was a little girl, I lived in a holler in West Virginia.  Life was quiet and a lot of times I was left to my own imagination.  My Ma bought me toys like the bags of plastic multi color animals, Star Wars action figures and one of my greatest loves of all – the Evil Knieval doll, complete with motorcycle.  He had a cape (or maybe I made him a cape, I cannot remember) and a red wind-em-up apparatus that []

To Jump Or Not To Jump…Oh Hell No That Is NOT The Question…

My favorite jump to date was this weekend and I have no photo or video to commemorate it.  Hell, I don’t even have a single picture of me from this weekend at all.  Which is kind of humorous because I just finished working on the social media for the WVS and I think I took somewhere around 800 photos that I weened down to two albums of over a hundred pictures each. I went into this weekend with the stresses of life []

Bubby Goes To College

You know, there are a number of proud moments that I have had in my life.  One that will rank high on the list for all time is my son’s graduation from Concord University.  My heart swells with pride over his accomplishment.  He will walk across the graduation stage the morning of May 12th.  He is now starting to apply for teaching positions in local schools. Alexander Zachary Seletyn came into this world on a snowy January day in 1988.  Until then, I []

A hickie from Kenickie…

When I was sixteen I went away to Conservation Camp. We stayed in cabins and wandered through the woods, there may have been an all-girl skinny dip at the lake at two in the morning and I had a brief interlude (though not while skinny dipping, of course) with a boy named Stacie. He was cute and ginger and I giggled a lot around him. Stacie gave me my first hickie while sitting on the deck of the pier. I half-smile as I think of []

Know the Arch. Love the Arch. Be at one with the Arch.

*****Disclaimer – this is a rather long blog.  Unlike the filmakers who took on the Harry Potter movies, I refuse to cut scenes.  Because of that – it might be a little long in the wind… A few weeks back I posted a pic of me in a Tandem and wrote about how amazing that jump was and how the picture embodied all of the feelings and emotions of that particular jump (for me).  Now, as I look back at that same []

Butterflies and Parachutes

So I am less than two days away from my first IAD (Instructor Assisted Deploy) and the butterflies are flying all around! An Instructor Assisted Deploy (IAD) is a parachute deployment method most similar to static line.  Most people will ask if I am jumping static.  The main difference (according to Wikipedia) is that “instead of being deployed by a static line, the student’s jumpmaster (who is in the plane with them) deploys the student’s parachute by throwing the pilot chute downward and clear of []

Characters Welcome…

There are a lot of goals that I hope to reach while tied to a parachute – free fall, BASE jump, wingsuit flight… I think of my future in skydiving and I get a little giddy.  But I am quickly learning that there is a lot of preparation that goes into these goals.  I read tons of articles, trying to gnaw through the skydiving handbook, watching video, and pouring through a ton of reference material.  The weekend of April 14th will see []

Because The Door Was Open

I stared at the horizon through the window.  Just as the plane started to bank, making the earth look off kilter, the sunshine came through and warmed my face.  I smiled.  My heart and brain aligned and all was right with my world.  Five minutes later I was hurtling towards that same earth at astronomical speeds and reaching for a rip cord with an orange golf ball attached to the end of it. Welcome to my first day of skydive training. It []

When ‘Average’ Becomes ‘Not Good Enough’

When I was a kid, “average” was not on the list of things I wanted to be when I grew up. I read a great blog yesterday titled: The Business of Average.  It was by AJ Leon and he said the following:  “There are many people in the business of average.  But you don’t have to be.  You can be in the business of remarkable, of delivering extraordinary.  When you walk up to the plate, you can muster up the courage to point []