Two Teens And Their Mama: Be Brave And Zipline

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Be Brave And Zipline


Two years ago the boys took me ziplining for my birthday.  You will notice that my husband isn't in any of the pictures.  He conveniently had to "work" that day, even though he did the scheduling.  You will also never find him on an amusement park ride, ferris wheel or skydiving.  Just saying.

I had always wanted to try ziplining.  We planned to go the last time we were in Hawaii, but T didn't weigh enough.  Recently, a local family opened a zipline course on a retired farm about thirty minutes north of our house, and the boys asked if they could take me.  Hubby was all for it, especially since he had to "work".

After a long and tedious, but necessary safety discussion, we piled into an old jeep and were on our way up the hill to the beginning of the course. The first platform wasn't too high off the ground, but they got substantially higher as we traversed the six ziplines.  I'm not exactly afraid of heights, but I do get vertigo from time to time, so I was a little concerned.  As long as I didn't look straight down over the edge I was fine.  These two weren't bothered at all.


It was a beautiful day, and the course wound through a lush Pacific Northwest forest with beautiful views of Mt. Baker and the rest of the Cascade Mountains.


C offered to go first, and stepped right off like he'd done it a million times.


Next up was T, who didn't seem to be the slightest bit concerned
and tried to flip himself upside down.  Luckily he was unsuccessful.


And then it was my turn.  I stood at the edge, willing myself to let go.  I wanted to show the boys that I was brave too.  I finally took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and stepped off into nothing.



So much fun! I absolutely loved the feeling of flying through the air. Landing on the platform was not easy, and there was no way to do it gracefully.

Several hours and many ziplines later, we were all exhilarated, and I was exhausted from the adrenaline.  I'm pretty sure the boys could have gone right back up and started again though.

Now we had to get back on solid ground.  The final challenge was a 47 foot rappel to the bottom.  See the tiny man in the orange helmet?  It was a looong way down.


Such a great birthday present from my boys.  So much fun, in fact, that I'm taking my husband back for our anniversary this year.  He doesn't know it yet, but I'll make sure he has no "work" that day!

22 comments:

  1. Haha Lana, I want pictures if you can get your husband to go. I want to go zipling... I need someone with a car so I have to beg someone to take me.

    I am terrified of heights but I think this would be so fun, minus the rappelling ... pretty sure that would be the worst part for me... lol

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    1. There will definitely be pictures on the blog of my husband ziplining! I think you would enjoy it.

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  2. You are so brave! I am terrified of heights too and don't think I could ever do this without a lot of tears and someone pushing me off the platform!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. There was no one left to push me off, so I had to just go for it! The first one was terrifying, but then it was fun.

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  3. I've done this in Costa Rica and just recently again this past summer with my sister about 2 hours from where I live. It is always a blast.

    It is a very fun birthday present!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. It was a very fun day!

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  4. how fun! I've always wanted to do that!

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  5. That looks like so much fun! We have one right outside of Asheville, NC and I've been trying to talk hubby into going but he's scared of heights and wants no part of it! I bet mom would do it with me she's not scared of anything!

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    1. This would be nothing compared to skydiving! You should definitely go!

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  6. How fun! My husband keeps trying to get me to go when we are in Asheville, but I am a little too afraid.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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    1. I think you would really enjoy it. I bet the course in Asheville is beautiful!

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  7. How fun!! And that you have a course so close to you!! I went all the way to Belize to do that during a cruise!! Have a great day!!

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    1. Ziplining in Belize would be so much fun!

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  8. Wow - what a fun adventure with your boys! It is not something I have tried - and not completely sure how I feel about it. I'd definitely prefer it to bungee-jumping, at any rate!

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    1. I will never bungee jump - I don't think I could jump off head first!

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  9. I love that you did this. I'm too fearful, but live vicariously through your post!

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  10. I'd love to do this! I wonder how I'd do. I find that my fear of heights only shows up when I'm . . . up high. Hmmm . . . maybe I should re-think . . .

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    1. Try it Diane! It's so much fun that it overcomes the fear!

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  11. haha, you will be my hero if you "trick".. I mean surprise your husband with it.
    My sister has done it a few times. I have zero fear of heights so I want to do it. I almost did it in Florida over an alligator farm but it was expensive.
    My hangups are spinny rides. Ok, I probably wouldn't sky-dive.

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    1. I will definitely be writing about it when I get him up there!

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