Barbara Huggins, 91, went indoor skydiving for the first time. “It felt like you were flying all by yourself,” she said. “It was funny, really.”
After her first indoor skydiving session, Barbara Huggins, 91, said her biggest fear wasn’t the heights.
It was losing her dentures.
“I told them if I lose my teeth, they have to get me a new set,” she said.
Three Bay Vista Commons assisted-living employees accompanied Huggins to her first indoor skydiving session at iFLY Seattle Indoor Skydiving in Tukwila on Tuesday.
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Joshua Goss, activities coordinator at Bay Vista, said the idea came a couple weeks ago after joking with Huggins about being a daredevil.
“You’re my fiercely independent 91-year-old,” Goss said.
After Goss cleared it with Huggins’ doctor and Bay Vista Commons administration, he made plans with iFLY.
Huggins, a former bookkeeper and square-dance teacher from Bremerton, described herself as always being a tomboy.
“Anything my brother could do, I could do,” she said.
Goss believes that neither her brother nor her two sons have gone indoor skydiving.
With a smile on her face, Huggins discarded her walker. Then with the help of employees, Huggins shuffled into the indoor, vertical, wind tunnel and was lifted into the air.
“It felt like you were flying all by yourself,” she said. “It was funny, really.”
What’s next for Huggins?
“I don’t have the faintest idea,” she said. “What I need to do is learn to keep my mouth shut.”