Bridge Day 2013 Recap

After a LONG day, I’m finally at home in my office uploading pictures from BRIDGE DAY and I can’t wait to share  them with you!  This was probably the 15th Bridge Day that I’ve attended; I’m now 26 and every third Saturday in October for most of my life, I have ventured to Fayetteville, walked across the New River Gorge Bridge, and watched the BASE jumpers.  My parents started taking me when I was a kid and since then, I’ve experienced the event with friends, significant others, and today I went with my Dad.  I even got my first bee sting at Bridge Day when I was 8 and spent an hour crying in the back of the Jan-Care ambulance.  As many times as I’ve been, you’d think I’d be over it by now but I never will be — it’s a tradition!

If you’re reading this and wondering, “what the hell is Bridge Day?” then I apologize.  Let me back up.  Bridge Day is arguably the largest BASE jumping event in the world and it is held in the small town of Fayetteville, West Virginia atop the infamous 876-foot tall New River Gorge Bridge.  Every third Saturday in October, hundreds of base jumpers line up for the chance to jump off one of the longest steel arch bridges in the world.  The event brings in 80,000+ visitors who have the opportunity to watch the jumpers, chow down on some amazing food, and shop the craft tables from local crafters and artisans.  The best part?  IT’S FREE.

Over the years, I find myself taking less and less pictures, as they look more or less the same as last year’s.  However, there were a couple of neat things that happened while we were walking across the bridge that are worth sharing.  First up was the catapult!  Now, I may be able to do the Bridge Walk or ride a rollercoaster without any problem but I am actually scared of heights.  There is NO WAY I would ever jump off the bridge.  Ever.  Let alone sit in a chair and let it catapult me off the edge… which is exactly what some people did.

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Another neat thing I saw today was a handful of sky divers make their way to the New River below.  One of the sky divers had an American flag attached to him and it was amazing to see it wave in the wind.  The guy actually came really close to hitting the BASE jump platform!

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2013 was another great year for Bridge Day and I’m already looking forward to 2014.  If you were there today, did you enjoy it?  Let me know!

Until next time,
Sara (WV Travel Queen)

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Bridge Walk, Take 2

Fayetteville will be overflowing with people tomorrow for the annual Bridge Day celebration so I thought, what better way to celebrate than by sharing with you our Bridge Walk tour last weekend?

This was the second time that Jon and I did the Bridge Walk (click here to read all about the engaging experience we previously had) and it was just as great as the first time!  We chose the 10:00am tour in hopes it would still be foggy (makes for awesome pictures!) but by the time we arrived, the fog was clearing and we were left with spectacular views of the gorge.   We lucked out and had Doug as our guide again but this time, there was a group of 10 – 15 of us instead of just me and Jon.  Because of the government shut down, the Canyon Rim Visitor’s Center was closed which meant we couldn’t access the bridge from that side.  So, we accessed via the Fayetteville side and we ended up walking the length of the bridge twice instead of once — so cool!  Once again, we had a blast and can’t wait for the third go around!

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Absolutely GORGEous

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Me and Jon!

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Things were just getting started!

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Our guide Doug teaching us how to attach the ropes to the cable system

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We also saw a FALCON!  Apparently they nest in the bridge beams.

We also saw a FALCON! Apparently they nest in the bridge beams.

On another note, Jon and I both now have annual passes so expect Bridge Walk recaps each season!

Until next time,
Sara (WV Travel Queen)