Skydivers flock to Skydive Lost Prairie

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 9:29am

The Flathead Valley becomes home to some of the wildest creatures of all every August.

Boogie Week at Skydive Lost Prairie in Marion has become one of the largest skydiving events of its kind.

It's takes a different kind of person to jump out of an airplane more than once, and event operator Wayne Cross says lots of them find their way to Boogie Week.

"We've been pretty busy, we're up in numbers from last year, we've got a few more skydivers and we got people mooning me while I'm talking.".

Boogie Week is a major event, and this year more than 250 jumpers are taking part.

"One of the things that I love about being an instructor is taking people that have never gone before and just seeing the look of excitement in their face just to get to do something that they never thought they would be able to do," instructor Mike Pasque said.

"And when we land and they come down and their screaming and whooping and hollering and give you a big hug, I mean there's just nothing like that experience."

Experiencing that sheer joy for the first time at the young age of 76 was Ron Turnacliff, "it was wonderful, it was GREAT!!! AWESOME!!!"

Once Turnacliff's adrenaline calmed down, he recounted just what it really meant to jump out of a plane and fly - if only for a second.

"We went out and we did a backflip, then the line had to get untangled, so we spun around a little bit, then we got things straightened up and then he let me do a left turn 360 and a right turn 360, a couple of times...beautiful view."

That experience that is open to anyone at Skydive Lost Prairie, and the only thing you have to provide is the courage to jump.


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