Seeing the West Virginia’s New River Gorge Bridge always reminds me of the song “Jump” by Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth:
I get up, and nothing gets me down…
Ah, I might as well jump. Jump!
Might as well jump.
Go ahead, jump. Jump!
Go ahead, jump.
No, I certainly wouldn’t do that — but in fact, hundreds of adventurous souls do take flying leaps from it on the annual Bridge Day, the third Saturday in October. The bridge is a designated site for BASE jumping (Building, Antenna, Span and Earth), and Bridge Day is the only day of the year that traffic is closed and people can walk across (or jump from) the bridge. Opened in October 1977, the bridge stands 876 feet at its highest point and is 3,030 feet long.