While standing in an average Idaho strip mall parking lot, my back facing a TJMaxx, I was surprised by the inspiring scene in front of me. Looking to the left gave a glimpse of Perrine Bridge, a base jumpers magnet and to the right was the spot where daredevil Evel Knievel made his Snake River jump.
The Perrine bridge is quite a spectacle that spans over the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho. It attracts thrill seeking BASE jumpers from all over the world, though the high winds this day prevented any risk-takers from being present.
There are many adventurous things on my bucket list that I have done or would do, but BASE jumping is just not one of them. Leaping from a fixed object with just a parachute in my hand reeks of danger, especially for clumsy, absent-minded people like myself. Skydiving was quite enough of a thrill, thank you very much.
Turning my head to the right led to a man-made, dirt ramp where, in 1974, Evel Knievel attempted to make the jump over the Snake River in a rocket-powered cycle. Though this extreme sport legend had many records to his name, this one would not be one of them.
His mobile, that looked like a horizontal rocketship with wheels, failed at making it across. At least he escaped with minor injuries.
I bet Evel would have enjoyed a good BASE jump if he were alive today.
Sometimes what is bucket list worthy to me is not actually participating in the adventurous act, but just standing in a spot where inspirational people have followed their dreams.