Jumping off the end of the world

One thing that I learned while traveling is that jumping off of things can be fun. For example, when I was in Amsterdam in the late 90s, we decided to camp at some place in Zeeburg to save money. The camping wasn't really that much fun, lots of rain and I remember not being able to sleep very well. There were too many people drunk and partying. But I did learn something really cool. I jumped off of a bridge in the canal. Actually, 7 of us all jumped off at the same time - and I have a photo somewhere (lost and need to find it).

Fast forward to last summer in Hawaii. I was on a snorkeling trip to Kealakekua Bay on the big island. On the way home, the boat took us by this cool place called the End of the World. 

Apparently, it's popular spot for cliff jumping. And the jumpers are part of the tour. It's really a perfect spot for jumping. The water has eroded the lava so that there's a big overhang and deep pool of water below. The water is just stunning.

Cliff jumping is an awesome experience and while I definitely prefer Hawaiian oceans to the canals of Amsterdam, there is something common that runs through each of these jumps. Risk, fear, excitement and a healthy dose of adrenaline and sometimes it hurts. I had bruises from hitting the water with my arms for a couple of weeks after I left Amsterdam, but I think that's because it was a lot higher. Amsterdam was somewhere in the range of 50-60 feet while Hawaii was only about a 30 foot drop.

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