Just once before I die, I wanted to try to zip line. What I had envisioned in my head was more a picture of going from tree canopy to tree canopy, rather than long distances. Something like they did in one of my favorite movies Medicine Man. But in reality, what we ended up doing was going on several runs, each a little longer than the last. Basically, it was gliding over fields of grass in East Texas. Not quite as elegant as what I imagined, but it would do for me to mark it off of my list.
So while my ex-son-in-law and husband went fishing, my granddaughter, daughter and I decided to go zip-lining. To be perfectly honest, the place we went was very good at showing us how to do what we needed to do. They helped us suit up and to put on all the safety belts, gloves, harnesses, etc. Then they took us out and taught us what to do on a course that was just off the ground. Once each of us had completed that phase, it was time for the real thing. We had to climb up several flights of stairs to get to the starting place. By the time we got to the top, my daughter and granddaughter were both saying that they changed their minds and didn’t really want to do this anymore. So in spite of the fact that I was terrified, I said I’d go first. The first course was actually fun! I loved it. And naturally, since the “old lady” did it, the other two figured it couldn’t be that bad so they gave it a try. Guess what? They loved it too. Then we moved on to the next run. It was a little longer than the last. This time it didn’t matter who went first because we all enjoyed the first run. This one was fine, although I ended up sideways because I rotated right before the end of the line. The problem was that I have very little upper body strength and couldn’t straighten myself up. Luckily, they had a brake that the employees can use if necessary, and it was necessary.
My family began liking this more and more, but since I couldn’t rotate back in time, I started to feel a little more uneasy as each course got longer and longer. To make a long story short, I finished all of the runs, but on each one I became more and more frightened.
I’m glad that I left my comfort zone long enough to do this, but now I’m just really happy that I have checked it off of my bucket list.
Thanks to my youngest daughter for taking pictures with her iphone. Thankfully, neither of us dropped it.