A NASCAR legend shares pics of his amazing-looking vacation Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images
RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 09: Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Ford EcoBoost Ford, talks with Jeff Gordon, driver of the #88 Axalta Chevrolet, during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 9, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

If you think of the name Jeff Gordon, chances are you picture a NASCAR legend zipping around in circles in his fast sports car at a high speed of 200 mph.

Well, that’s not the case anymore, because the 46-year-old driver and four-time NASCAR champion retired from racing back in 2015.

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But time away from the track hasn’t stopped Jeff from getting an adrenaline rush. In fact, it seems to have opened up a whole new world of thrilling experiences for the daredevil. So much so that it looks like he’s found a brand new hobby that’s not for the faint-hearted.

And he’s carried it out in a place that many of us can only dream of visiting.

The loving husband and father of two recently spent New Year’s in the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas with his family, where he took a scary-looking jump of nearly 23-feet into a humongous and fascinating underwater cave, known as the Thunderball Grotto.

The unassuming cave, where many movies were filmed, including the 1965 James bond film, “Thunderball,” is home to perhaps one of the most beautiful and majestic natural pools ever. And, luckily for us, we get to see it for ourselves!

A video posted to Jeff’s Instagram page shows him making the dangerous cliff jump before landing in the water.

He writes, “One of the most frightening leaps of faith I’ve ever taken! Stay tuned for the view from inside. #thunderballgrotto.”

And, of course, Jeff was true to his word.

A second clip posted to his Instagram page shows a front view of him plunging into the crystal-clear blue waters, joining a few others who are clearly already getting their swim on.

“Here’s the view from inside #thunderballgrotto drop. Can’t believe I actually did this 😬,” Jeff captions the clip.

We can’t believe it either, Jeff! It’s clear that you’re enjoying your time away from the track. And, we can’t help but notice how in shape you look while doing such exhilarating activities.

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In fact, prior to diving into the cave, Jeff proved just how healthy he is when he took up skiing with the family in Big Sky, Montana. You can check out some of photos and videos from that holiday trip below.

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Holiday skiing. Go Ella!

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Great powder day #yellowstoneclub

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It’s that time of year again #holidayseason

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Now that’s retirement at its best!

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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