Sometimes there are things in life you just want to do, things you just want to experience. For the Worsfold sisters, they each got a unique opportunity during a recent vacation to accomplish just that.
Dietta Little, of Marshalltown, is a big racing fan. So on her recent trip to Las Vegas she was ecstatic to fulfill a longtime desire to get out on the racetrack herself.
At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway the 68-year-old completed a three-lap ride-along at 165+ mph in an official NASCAR stock car.
Dietta Little, of Marshalltown, recently fulfilled a longtime desire to experience firsthand the speed and velocity of riding in a NASCAR stock car; acceleration went to above 165 mph. Pictured from left, Dana Brown, Sheena Brown and Little; all three ladies participated.
The ride-along was a part of the Richard Petty Driving Experience featured at the Speedway, one of over 20 locations throughout the country that offer this kind of high speed adventure.
The 1,500-acre Las Vegas Motor Speedway complex includes a 1.5-mile super speedway track, which is where Little, grandmother of three, participated in the exciting ride-along.
"I've always loved speed. It affected me with the sound of it, the smell of it, the feel of it and the power of it. I would have given anything to have driven it myself at 168 mph," Little said.
Not to be outdone by her little sister, Charlene Brown, of State Center, also crossed off an item of interest on her own bucket list during the duo's vacation.
Brown took the ultimate leap of faith with a tandem skydiving experience with Sin City Skydiving, a company that specializes in first-time jumpers. Instructors must possess a minimum of three years experience in the sport and logged at least 500 jumps to qualify.
The 71-year-old Brown said her motivation to do the jump was, "Just to step out and do something that I never thought that I would do, so I wouldn't be afraid to do something else down the road."
The skydiving experience flies to the California/Nevada border. As jumpers descend, they have views of both the Las Vegas strip and overlooking Sandy Valley in the southern Nevada region, all from 10,000 feet up in the air.
Brown's jump was an impressive milestone, as it was a three generation jump.
She was accompanied by her son, Russell "Rusty" Brown, formerly a paratrooper with the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne, and granddaughter, Sheena Brown, a recent high school graduate.
"It's not every day a guy can say he's skydived with his mother," Russell Brown said.
Both Little and Brown traveled from Iowa to Las Vegas to attend Sheena Brown's graduation, an 18-year-old senior at Nevada State High School. Sheena, a former student in the Marshalltown School District, moved to the Las Vegas area with her family in the eighth grade when she was accepted into the aerospace engineering and aviation magnet program, one of only two of its kind in the nation.
During her senior year in high school, she switched to a public charter school that offered free college credits to students while earning their high school diplomas.
Sheena graduated on May 25 as a high school senior with a total of 24 college credits and a collegiate 3.5 GPA. During this time, she also maintained a part-time job and contributed over 110 community service hours during the school year.
A large part of her graduation celebration was an adrenalizing series of events, which she participated in with her parents, great-aunt and grandmother.
About the skydiving, she said, "It was awesome! I felt so free." And regarding the racing Sheena said, "It was the best experience of my entire life!"
Russell Brown said, "My wife Dana and I both enjoy skydiving. We've started a tradition of giving it as a gift to our kids at graduation when they're old enough to jump. It's such a metaphor into the wide world of opportunities that await them."
Of the overall experience, Dietta Little summed up their trip with this comment: "It's just the start. Boots (Charlene's childhood nickname) and I are already talking about the next big thing."