We showed up for a 2pm excursions with three other couples. The 2.5 hr trek was upon us. We checked in, used the restroom for the last time and got on the scale. The owner thought he was funny when he stepped up behind me and put his body weight on the scale and I was asked if I really weighed 225+ lbs. Nope, funny guy.
I never participated in extracurricular activities or sports, because I was always worried I'd embarrass myself in front of my peers or in groups of people I didn't know. I was worried I wouldn't know anyone and that I wouldn't know what to do. So, setting out in an adventure like this with a bunch of strangers was more intimidating to me than the heights. But, I did it. I embarrassed myself, yes. Goofed up a bit. But, who cares. I really realize that running has given me more confidence to do things like this.
We had to write nicknames on our partner's helmets. I wrote Steve on The Boyfriend's helmet. He wrote RDM on mine. There were lots of questions about what RDM stood for. I still don't think they got it. One of the other gals had a race shirt on and we got to talking a bit. After the excursion, she looked up RDM online and reached out to me. She's currently training for her first full marathon (one that I've completed). So, now I'm excited we are in touch online and keep eachother posted on our running excursions, too. Running just connects people.
We were anywhere from 10 ft to 75 ft off of the ground. It wasn't the heights or the speed that scared me. I was just worried I wouldn't be able to stop or would goof up and embarrass myself. But, after a few smaller runs (they gradually got longer and faster), I was more comfortable.
I believe the two faster runs had us going 35 MPH and 50 MPH. We ziplined from tree to tree and walked across long, wobbly bridges and up several spiral staircases. They were just too cool. There were a lot of fun animal sculptures hiding throughout the canopy tour. The last line was a double zipline, where you raced your partner. You literally had to jump off of the platform and it was exhilerating.
I really thought that this bucket list item was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But, The Boyfriend and I both agreed that we will be back in the future. Not sure if we'll zipline at the same location or maybe I'll get to go to some tropical island someday and actually fulfill my dream of ziplining in the rainforest. We'll see. For now, this will do, and has fulfilled the adrenaline rush. So glad I did this.