Friday, December 31, 2010

Skydive City

Zephyrhills, Florida

Yesterday warmed up to 71 degrees, but a bit cloudy.  We thought about a kayak trip, but we prefer a sunny day if we  have the choice.

It was very nice to be able to open the windows and turn off the heater!  Yes, our site in the sun is good!
Zephyrhills is about 26 miles northeast of Tampa in Pasco County.  The summer population is about 53,000.  The winter (snowbird) population is about 85,000.  It’s where Zephyrhills water is bottled. 

We’ve found the traffic to be much better than in Tampa.  The Tampa traffic was really getting to us.  We’ve become used to small town living and it’s frustrating that it takes half an hour to get somewhere that’s 5 miles away! 

There are many snowbird rv and mobile home parks in close proximity.  I have seen very little difference between any of the ones I looked at and the prices seem pretty reasonable.  
Our “overflow” site.   It’s not pretty, but it’s in the sun!

Zephyrhills is also big into skydiving and the home of  Skydive City.  There are some die hard sky dive fans and this appears to be the place to be.  There are tents, rv’s and even a building that looks to be a bunkhouse. 

The “campground” doesn’t have many amenities!


If you have an Rv, there are spaces to park it as well.  Note the wheel chair ramp on this rv?  I wonder if that became necessary after a jump?

We spent a few hours just watching the skydivers.  One plane would take off after the other, each one loaded with skydivers.

It was amazing watching dozens of divers drop out of the sky.  Before they deployed their chutes, it looked almost like a flock of birds high up in the sky.  Then all of a sudden you’d notice the chutes starting to deploy as they drifted down.


The skydivers get into this plane from the rear.  You can see the inside is not real comfy.

There are also a lot of gliders.  They fly on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.  You can bet we’ll be back for that.  We’ve seen gliders fly before and it’s amazing because they are so quiet.

We kind of got caught up in the excitement and half thought about taking a tandem jump.  I think we’d better not…at least not Al, as he has bad shoulders and knees.  Now me on the other hand….

Several years ago, we very nearly bought a Paramotor.  The powered paramotor  straps to your back.  It has a small fan with a motor that turns it. .  You have a parachute and you start the motor, run which causes the parachute to become airborne.  You then start to become airborne.   The motor doesn’t keep you up in the air, it just moves you along while you are airborne.  When you want to come down, you turn off the motor and glide down  from the parachute.

It looks like so much fun, and is reasonably safe because you do have a parachute.  We almost bought two units but we decided we really couldn’t afford it at the time.  That was one time Al was able to talk me out of something I really wanted to do.  He was right.  We couldn’t afford it at that time and now I’m afraid we’re too old  brittle, and feeble :)

Looks fun doesn’t it?  Watching the skydivers really brought it back to me!


  1. I work near the airport here in DeLand, FL, and skydiving is extremely popular here, too. It's fun to watch them jump. On occasion they try to break records for numbers of skydivers in the air at the same time. That's an amazing sight to see! Take care,


  2. OK, but you're going out in a river with hungry alligators? I'm just not sure which, if either, is safer.
    Good Luck have fun
    Bill, stuck in the snow

  3. I'd rather kayak in an alligator infested river than jump out of an airplane!!

  4. Yeah baby..skydive!! No alligators for this gal. Let us know so we can surround you with prayer..and pin my name on your I can say..I kinda did

    Hugs Cindy and Walker

  5. Personally, I think they're nuts. I am definitely not ever jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Not too sure about kayaking with alligators either.

  6. As a general aviation pilot and one who has jumped a couple of times out of a perfectly good airplane, I think not getting one of the motor gliders is a wise decision. I know a number of folks who now limp around a lot more than they used to after "flying" those things.

    Have a Happy and safe New Year!

  7. There ain't NO way you'd catch this ol' boy jumping out of a plane! I admire your sense of adventure though. As a matter of fact, we won't even fly in a plane, let alone jump. Happy New Year

  8. I would definitely rather jump out of a perfectly good airplane with a parachute than kayak with alligators. In fact, I have jumped twice. And I just found out today that my friend Carolyn has also jumped. She jumped tandem, I jumped alone both times. No way would I jump again - not at age 60. I was 30 when I jumped. Yep, too old and brittle now.

  9. I'm still trying to get up the courage to take a balloon ride!

    I could never jump!


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