Gap to Box/Rail - Help
To be honest, with as long as I've been riding this is a little embarrassing to ask. I've always been a more all-mountain/freestyle rider and never really got into the park. Last year I started dabbling, a run or two per trip out would be through the beginner park. All the features in the beginner park are either ride-on or a very small gap no more than 12 inches. WIth some tips, I was riding boxes and rails doing board slides and 50/50's by the end of the year. Not entirely comfortable doing it, it still feels very awkward, but I was able to at least not fall.
When I take a lap through the big park at my local place, several of the features are something I'd feel comfortable trying except... the gaps seem HUGE to me. I know part of this is just mental on my part, I'm psyched-out by the gap and don't hit the feature. The other part of it is... I simply don't know how I'm supposed to handle the transition and gap. Do I need to just ride straight at it and the angle of transition/lip along with speed will carry me over the gap no problem? Or do I need to jump up to clear the gap and land on the feature?
So... really any suggestions here on technique and the mental side of it?