Labor Day Jumping Frenzy

B.A.S.E. jumpers leapt off the I.B. Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls in rapid succession this Labor Day weekend—kind of like lemmings. I met jumpers from St. Petersburg, Russia; Buffalo, New York; Houston, San Francisco, and France.

The most colorful jumper was a fifty something from the Bay area who called himself CapTim America. He was decked out in a red, white, and blue costume for his fourth B.A.S.E jumping attempt. His perky costume ears were reinforced with paper clips, he told onlookers.

Before handing his shield to a friend and climbing over the fence in the center of the bridge, CapTim America stepped back and did some serious deep breathing to calm himself. Other jumpers just clambered over the barrier and stepped off into thin air, seemingly unfazed by potential danger.

Thanks to Cap Tim America for giving us a smile on Labor Day and reminding us of the red, white, and blue.

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About Judy Grigg Hansen
I write poetry and nonfiction, and I am passionate about the people, places, and wildflowers of Idaho and the Northwest.

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