Sunday, July 20, 2014

Terror in the Trees

Heights and I have a love-hate relationship.  I love the views but hate the experience, if that makes sense.  My knees get weak, my stomach queases up, my head swirls.  It is unpleasant to say the least.

So agreeing to do a zip line was a huge deal.  But I thought that it would be a way to stretch myself . . . and add something to my bucket list that was not even there . . . and check it off.  Done!

Don and I first donned our equipment.



After a short bus ride to the first "jump off," we were given our orientation and sent on our way.  I was quite nervous.  Thank goodness the first one was not too fast nor too steep, and once I figured it out, I was on my way.
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I screamed the whole way on the first one.  The second one was worse because it was over the river, which was much further down.  The third line was even worse, and I really struggled to fall off the platform.  It was a long ride, and it was a long ways down to the river.


By the fourth ride, however, I was much more comfortable and even enjoyed the trip.  Don was becoming much more comfortable and even took a video of his fourth ride across.


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The short final ride, called the freestyle ride, allowed for all sorts of antics.  One woman had fallen backwards off the platform for the fourth ride, which I thought was freestyle enough, but on this one they encouraged us to turn upside down or do something fancy.  The closest I got to fancy was to let go with one hand and wave . . . but Don got a little more creative!



We took the easiest zip line tour available and that was enough.  Don't know if I will ever do it again, but at least I have once.

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