Qtown Adventures: Bungee Trampoline

Posted by on November 5, 2011

On Wednesday, Naomi and I each had our own adventure. Daniel’s got canceled, but he made up for it by going out down to Milford Sound for the day and taking pictures of waterfalls and penguins. (See the post and video about my paragliding adventure¬†here.)

Naomi’s adventure took place in the morning: jumping on a bungee trampoline.¬†And boy did she get into it! When we first arrived I thought, “Hm… We’ve driven a half hour to get here, and what if she won’t even let the attendant strap her in? What if she hates it?”

I should not have worried.

The only complaint from Naomi was that she couldn’t go higher (and the attendant tightened it up about as high as it would go, so that the girl was probably at least 15-20 feet in the air!)

All set to go - her ticket (note the NZ way of spelling "bungee") and her weight (in kilos) on her hand. I did not like them writing on her baby skin with that big old marker but managed to wait til after the jump to wash it off!

A few practice jumps while the bungee gets set up.

A little background: one of Naomi’s favorite games is to “jump high!” with Daddy (“Dupp high!”). This involves a series of little moves they’ve developed on their own, mostly centered around him holding her by her waist and bouncing her up and down on the sofa – they have the “jump and spin” move, the “whoa” move and … a bunch of others I don’t know about. It is her absolute favorite thing to do. Well, next to watching videos of Baby Luke (her cousin) or her Uncle Andy climbing on rocks. Recently, if we seem busy with something and she is wanting some attention, we’ve noticed that she just blurts out a random string of all her favorite things, hoping that one of us will latch on to any particular item and say yes. So we hear, “Dupp high… veedyo… bebe yook… outside… makid time…” (In order, that is: jump high, watch a video on Facebook, watch a video of Baby Luke, go outside, have naked time.)

So with how much she loves bouncing up and down with Daddy, we thought she’d enjoy a trampoline with a bungee that would let her jump as high as she wanted. We told her before we left that she was going to get to jump high, and she was looking forward to it the whole way there.

Getting hooked in. Note the look (tongue = determination and excitement!)

There weren’t any other customers at the trampolines, and that worked to our advantage because it meant Naomi got about 20 or 25 minutes jumping, rather than the 15 minutes we paid for (that and our Welsh attendant was super nice :) ). Naomi watched the attendant setting up the bungees with fascination.

Starting to jump.

Then when it was time to strap her into the harness, thankfully the attendant invited me to get on the trampoline too. So there were no problems getting on, and we let Naomi jump a bit on her own, but when she realized that the bungees could lift her up some, she wanted to go higher and higher. So I pulled her down and let her soar! She loved it!

Loving it!

When she saw how much Naomi was enjoying it, the attendant asked if she’d like to go higher. So we asked Naomi, and heard a very clear, “Uh huh!”

Flying higher

She kept wanting to go higher, so the attendant tightened the cords a few times. She didn’t have enough body weight for gravity to pull her back down to the trampoline against the tightness of the cords, so every few bounces I’d pull her back down to give her more momentum. After the cord had been tightened a few times, if I didn’t grab Naomi in time she eventually stopped out of my reach, suspended in midair above my head!

When she finally had to get off, it was clear that Naomi had absolutely loved the bungee trampoline. I’m so glad she got to do it!


4 Responses to Qtown Adventures: Bungee Trampoline

  1. Mom Peckham

    So special! We laughed in delight at each picture.

  2. Tara

    That is awesome! What a brave little adventurer you have!

  3. Nana

    Surely Naomi had to be one of the youngest and smallest bungee enthusiast at that site. She is a little daredevil . . . hmm, where did that come from? Loved thge dimple in the 3rd picture.

    We just got back from SF, so I’ve been out of range of FB for 3 days, and been dying to catch up on your adventures. I’m so glad you’re wringing every last ounce of pleasure out of this trip, but SO GLAD you will be home soon. Miss you. Mom

    • Katie

      Mom – Actually Daniel and I were talking about it on the way home from the trampoline, about Naomi’s unique little personality as it’s slowly emerging. I tend to want to categorize her as “just like me” or “just like Daniel” or something, yet (of course) she’s not. She’s actually fairly shy around new people, and hardly ever wants to speak to strangers (even when we help her, tell her small things to say or talk to them first). And she can be quite cautious about new activities too. But then, when she does become comfortable she can be quite a little daredevil, who loves the feeling of falling (a fall or bad stumble will either result in a big giddy laugh or a big cry depending on whether she actually goes down or just almost). So it’s kind of interesting to discover her uniqueness as she becomes more and more herself. :) That said, she definitely has particular genes coming her way, which certainly affects who she is! :)

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