|Mt. Hermon Redwood Canopy Tours|
Because this week's ABC Wednesday (hosted by Mrs. Nesbitt) features the letter Z, I can blather about ziplining again.
Ziplining through the redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains, as some of you dear readers know, is what I did for my birthday last month. I hung happily in a harness from a pulley attached to a cable about 13 stories high. When it was safely time to go, the guide slightly nudged me forward and I was gliding quickly along that cable through the redwood forest to the next platform. Swhooooooooooosh!
|This is the equipment I wore.|
The zip lines ranged from 110 to 440 feet long. Waiting for my turn was longer than the ride between the platforms. Exhilarating really is the perfect word to describe how it feels to dangle from a pulley and ziiiiiiiiiip among the trees. The initial fear was gone after completing the first zip line. Yep, that tiny simple machine of a pulley can really hold me up. I may have swayed in my harness as I rushed forward, but I did not haphazardly crash into the trees like I thought could happen. And, yes, I was quite able to stop myself at the end of the ride, thank you very much.
|The highlighted area is the next platform.|
Braking was nothing more than putting one of your leather-gloved palms flat against the cable above you. You start braking only when you see the guide signal you to start slowing down. You press your palm ever so lightly on the cable. If you press too much, you find yourself several yards short of the platform. I did that on the first zipline. No problem. I quickly turned myself around and pulled myself in. That was fun, too.
|Nope, not me. T'was our guide.|
I'm starting to think that maybe being up in the air is where I like to be. As a kid, I liked climbing trees. The favorite part of my one time of rock climbing, a long time ago, was stopping midway on the cliff and looking around at the vista. I did tandem skydiving a few years ago and enjoyed it immensely. I'd do that again. Ziplining? I'm already looking for another place to try out. Wieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Now zip on over to ABC Wednesday to find more Z posts by other bloggers.