I keep forgetting to show you pictures of my birthday party!
As I’ve told you, for my 50th birthday , I wanted to do something memorable.
When my sisters asked what I was going to do, I jokingly told them I wanted to do the zipline through the Buffalo National River forest.
Jokingly, because I am terrified of heights.
I mean, I have trouble on ladders.
But everyone thought it was a great idea and before I knew it, we had a big group wanting to go.
(I’m sure there was big money wagered on whether I would be able to go through with it)
Before you zip, everyone must attend Zipping 101
Then we were shown how to let go of the ropes while zipping (if you felt inspired to do some tricks)
No thank you.
I basically had three goals for this adventure.
1. Keep my eyes open.
2. Don’t faint.
3. Don’t throw up.
Here we are hiking to our first zip.
This was our first zip. “Short and sweet”, our tour guide said.
That doesn’t look too bad, I thought.
Then he made me step down on this itty, bitty board.
I had a little trouble letting go of the tree.
I love trees.
Especially this one.
Here we goooooo…….
I screamed all the way across.
But I made it. Only 6 more to go.
Can you see my white knuckles?
Can you see how far away the next platform is?
Can you see how far away the ground is?
Before you leave the platform, you have to yell your name and that you are zipping. This lets the tour guide know you are coming so he can catch you.
Then you should leave the platform.
Did you see how far away the next platform is?
Did you see how far away the ground is?
This particular zip went pretty fast as we started much taller than when we ended.
I think I kept my eyes open on this one.
And as you can see, I opted out of doing tricks.
You couldn’t pry my hands off of that rope!
Here’s the rest of the gang.
This is fun, right?
Strange phenomenon. I noticed that my arms would automatically wrap around a tree when I landed on each platform.
I took the phrase “Tree Hugger” to a whole different level.
My sister tried to scare me into letting go of the tree.
No can do sister. Been nice knowin’ ‘ya!
Notice I’m not hugging this tree, but I am touching it.
The last zip, we zipped to the ground.
All in all, it was a lot of fun and a great experience. I’m proud to say all three goals were met on this adventure. We have plans to return in the fall and try their longer zipping trail (1000 ft. for the first zip!)
I may even let go of the rope.