Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ziplining Adventure - I'm Alive! I'm Alive!

 I'm alive, I'm alive!

(Aside: right now there's a kid outside playing a one-note horn over and over again...he may want to move a little further down the street if he wants to keep that horn ...and his head in one piece!...)

But I digress...I'm alive...I'm alive!

Yesterday we went on a ziplining adventure with six good friends. Here I am getting my equipment on - stunning aren't I?
 Let me tell you...we women fared a little better with the criss crossed gear between our legs - the men...
were decidedly more uncomfortable.....

 ...especially when their pulley got hauled way up to get clipped onto the cable!! Note Jeff's grimace of PAIN!!
There goes Tracey!! We had to learn where to put our hands (right over left) and how to apply the brake (right palm goes flat on the cable BEHIND the pulley to slow us down when coming in for a landing!), how to do a self-rescue if a lack of speed leaves us stranded in the middle of the cable between landings (never happened - there was PLENTY of speed to get us to each destination!) before we could get onto the ziplining course for REALS!!!
Rockin' Robin was a natural...
 Away she goes.....
 There's one of the two long suspension bridges we had to walk across...I'm not a fan of those wobbly swaying bridges but happily we were clipped on to a cable while walking across...
 The look of exhilaration!
It was a different way to see the forest...sometimes we were above the canopy (that's Lake Erie in the distance)...
 ...and sometimes we were below the canopy - here I come in for a landing - watch out!!
 Phew....made it! What a RUSH!!
 They don't call me "Jane of the jungle" for nothing!  It felt very natural swinging from tree to tree!
Here's what a platform looks like. Believe it or not it was easy to get used to being way up in the trees!
 We were always clipped onto something and we grew to trust our gear. Our two guides had us lean backwards off the platforms to develop that trust...gulp...
 It got easier with each "ZIP" and I became more relaxed as I zipped along and actually started to look around me and below me - a new perspective for sure.
 I can't wait to ZIP again :)
 The steel cables are very strong, each capable of holding several thousand pounds...
 so I guess it can hold me, no problem!
 Here comes Michael in for a landing!
 Together again...
 Rushing through the air, dependent on a pulley on a cable was definitely a new experience for us all.
I LOVED it!!
 YIKES!
 Relying on the cable above me - very thankful to be clipped on just in case the bridge flips me over!
 It wasn't so bad...
 Waiting my turn with great anticipation!
 Gathering together on the last platform...
 and a new adventure awaits each of us!!
 We each had to rappel to the ground from this final platform...
 There I am, hanging off the edge!! This was the scariest part for me - we had to edge our toes over the edge of the platform, put right foot over left and then pivot off the platform trying to keep our feet against the edge...then wait while our guide, Simon, took our bloody picture!!!  Then slowly release our tight grip to bring ourselves down, one at a time...
We did it!!  Great adventurers all!!
We had to sign waivers before ZIPPING vowing that we weren't under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But within minutes of getting back to the campsite we were all imbibing a cold one!! But what a thrill - we plan to make it an annual venture!

19 comments:

Lena Shannon said...

How fun!!! You are awesome!

CentsToSave said...

That looks like a blast!!!! You look great Jane!

Michelle Comeau said...

Hey Jane! Looks like fun but I'm a real chicken shit when it comes to those kinds of things. That one pic of Michael in his harness with a very uncomfortable look on his face.... LOL! Almost didn't recognize him cause he's always smiling. Annual venture? They have this in PEI?

Sluggy said...

Looks like you have a great time being an Emergent up there!
So is Zippy your new nickname?lol

babybluewater said...

Oh, that looks like so much fun! It's obvious by your huge smiles that you all had a great time. I'd love to bring my hubby on one of these adventures. Thanks for sharing!!

kim said...

You are always doing something I would love to do! Great photos!

Jharrison56 said...

Then do it!  It was so much FUN!

Jharrison56 said...

You only live once! I'll never jump out of an airplane though!

Jharrison56 said...

Years ago I used the word "zippy" as a password....who knew?!

Jharrison56 said...

I don't know, I'll  have to check into it - if there is ziplining in PEI you're coming with me!!

Jharrison56 said...

It was challenging and I have a few aches and pains from the harness, but it was worth it!

Jharrison56 said...

I have my limits but ziplining was so much fun:)

Marguerite said...

Goodness you have a lot of courage. Just the thought of those things terrifies me. I would much rather the suspension bridge myself but it sure looks like you had a great time.

jpkittie said...

I LOVE it! I want to go so bad!!! and DD wants to do it very badly as well, but she isn't heavy enough yet! She has to be 80 lbs to do it most places --- love the pics!!!

savingfortravel said...

What a fantastic experience, that looks a beautiful place too.


Sft x

Gill said...

you're a heck of a lot braver than me!!

Gill

Sarah Hutcheon said...

looks and sounds like you had a lot of fun! very jelous!

CentsToSave said...

Hi Jane, Just stopped by to say Hi~ Hope all is well~!

Sonya Ann said...

What a wonderful adventure! I hope all is well!