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Push It To The Limit!

Guess what time it is? Yes, it's late, as always, and that brings up a small problem. It's not too late to write in present tense, but it's not too early either to write in past tense. And within there lies the problem. Should I write in past or present tense? Considering you probably won't read this until eeh this upcoming morning I suppose, then past tense would probably be best. Yeez, glad we got that out of the way. Now let's continue on to the fun stuff.

I woke up yesterday at the bottom of the mountain feeling stiff and sore all over. That ski trip we had on Sunday really took its toll on me, but it got better as soon as I started to move around a bit. Started the day by dropping by an old abandon mine that was situated at the edge of the fjord.

A little bit sketchy, but kind of cool place

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Didn't take too many pictures here as I had my hands full on watching my steps most of the time.  

Now though, here comes the fun part in my humble opinion. Over the years I have developed a certain fear of hights. But mostly complete vertical stuff. Like poles and base stations and cranes and shit. The things you climb a ladder to get to the top of. I have no problem skiing on top of big mountains that are lofty as long as I know I can walk horizontal or I got a good grip going slightly vertical.As I'm sure you understand, tall bridges also goes under the fear category. I don't like standing in the edge of a bridge, looking down. 

Can you guess where this is gong? 

So! We sailed under this bridge yesterday on our way to little bird island when Elias thought it would be a good idea to do a pendulum jump off that bridge. Stephan wasn't hard to ask, buuut I wasn't that easily convinced as you now probably understand. I actually said no, but I would gladly help them out with shots and shuttling them forth and back with the dingy or the tender as I like to call it. Anyways, quick lunch and we took the tender, left the sailboat and got going to the bridge. The bridge was approximately 20 meters high. After around 20 minutes the guys had the ropes fixed and got going!

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And my god it looked like fun. I was busy taking pictures which usually takes up whole concentration, but I had a hard time shooting here. But still, you know, fear of heights and all that crap. 

The third time though, the third time I picked up Elias from underneath the bridge, looking stoked as hell, he asked me; "you wanna go?" Now from everything I've told you so far, my reaction to that should have been to jump ship and swim a shore in the opposite direction while screaming "HEEELL NO!" But that didn't happend did it? I don't know what it is, but fear is a strange thing. It can get you curious in the same time as it can make you do your pants. In other words, I didn't say no, I said yes because I was curious on how it is to do your pants while jumping off a 20 meter bridge with nothing but a rope between your legs. Got up on the bridge, met Stephan, got a couple of instructions and went over the fence. Two things I needed to remember: Both hands on the rope and don't get the harnest wet. Right, got it! 

3, 2, 1, SWOOOSH! 

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OH MY F***ING GOD! That was the most insane feeling I've had in years! That free fall with that pendulum was just off the freaking chains! And I even touched the water with my ass on the first swing. Talking bout living life on the edge!! If you even dare say the word yolo next to me, I'll slap you. 

The water thing wasn't intentional, btw, and that could have something to do with the two things I was suppose to remember: Both hands on the rope and don't get the harness wet. My hands might have slipped and because of that, the harnest got wet. Worth it? For totes my goats! Totally totes my goats, man! This doesn't cure my fear of hights at all. For all I know I made it worse, but that feeling afterwards is just too damn good to let it stop me!

Aah, yeah! The good times continues and last nigh or this morning or whatever you wanna call it, we hit little bird island! 

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Fired off a couple of shots once we got to the island. This place mos def got a nice vibe going on and I'm looking forward to check it more out later today. More pendulum jumps to come? I sure hope so!

Talk soon!

Peace and Love!

- The Love Machine