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Strength in numbers

I’ve been thinking about this ever since going zip-lining for the first time last weekend.  My son and husband had tried it a couple of years ago and ever since then we’ve been wanting to go as a family.  A year or so ago I was informed that ziplining feels nothing like a roller coaster. My interest in trying it increased once I heard this information too.  I like the idea of gliding through the air but I hate the yucky stomach feeling I get while on a coaster.

Last week, as I was planning a weekend family getaway, I signed us up to do a 4 zip line session.

When we arrived for our scheduled time, there were five other folks scheduled in the same tour with us. Our zip tour guides helped us put on our gear and then we all piled into an old beat up bus to make the 10 minute bumpy ride up to the first zipline. Several of us had never been zipping and our preparation time as a group was filled with nervous laughter and light hearted joking. I think I appreciated this “bonding” time with the group almost as much as the actual zip activity. I love how a group, even a group of strangers, can come together and quickly become a source of encouragement and bravery for one another. There was this unspoken camaraderie centered around a common goal.

As we made our way up the hill, I thought about this scene from the movie “We Bought A Zoo”

“You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage…”

To make a long story a little “zippier”, I loved our time gliding through the air. I did each zip with a mixture of fear and excitement.  And, by the end of the 4 zip tour, our entire group even agreed to sign up for one additional zip line, one that wasn’t originally part of our tour package.

“The Intimidator” is a 1/2 mile long zip and, at its highest, 300 feet in the air. We zipped down the hill at an average speed of 50 miles per hour. Exhilarating!

I found this fun video of the ride if you want to check it out.

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