No not us.
We spent the night in Twin Falls, Idaho on our way home from Yellowstone.
After dinner at Elevation 486 – a restaurant overlooking the Snake River Canyon – we went outside and got to talking with a local.
What else should we see while we were in Twin Falls? We’d already been to Shoshone Falls – they were conspicuously absent though the canyon was beautiful.
Without any hesitation she asked if we’d been to the Visitor Center at the nearby Perrine Bridge. No, we hadn’t. There we’d find the best views of the canyon, she said. AND we could watch the BASE jumpers jump off the bridge!
BASE as in Building, Antenna, Span, Earth, the dangerous sport of jumping from a fixed object with a parachute. In fact, the Perrine Bridge is the only place in the U.S. where BASE jumpers can practice their ‘sport’ legally, year-round without a permit.
So the next morning we went to the bridge and found exquisite views of the canyon.
We also saw jumpers as they made their way up to the bridge.
Some climbed over the rail, flinging their parachute into the air before jumping. (Click on pictures in the gallery to enlarge.)
Others balanced on top of the rail for the big jump.
Thankfully all landed safely on the ground.
Extreme and dangerous? Yes.
But BASE jumpers come from all over the world to jump off the Perrine Bridge.
And it’s thrilling to watch.