The children pooled funds to give my husband a birthday gift certificate.
They knew he would like an exciting adventure, and ziplining at the Kerfoot Canopy Tour is that kind of experience.
The course features 15 consecutive ziplines through beautiful wooded areas.
Zipping down cables that are 175 feet high over treetops is something I would love to watch my husband accomplish.
- I would sit with a cup of coffee on a cozy sofa as he popped in the DVD.
- I would point and smile in amazed admiration.
- I would applaud his agility and bravery.
I suggested that our oldest son might like to redeem the zipline certificate with him. Or maybe one of our daughters? Then, I volunteered that we could all drive down together on Father’s Day and watch him conquer the zipline course.
I’m not sure what happened, but yesterday, I found myself strapped into ziplining gear, helmet on head.
The guides announced that we should all use the porta-potty, because it was the last bathroom stop for the next 2.5 hours.
No available restrooms may have been the scariest threat of the whole day.
Our guides drove the ATV up the bumpy hill.
“This IS scary.” I teased my husband as we slowed down, reaching GROUND SCHOOL.
Here we learned how to leave our Y-straps alone, attach our trolleys and brake with our gloved hands.
Technically, we were ready.
After completing our first set of ziplines, we tiptoed up a triple spiral staircase to the KONG zipline. It is 900 feet long and the highest zipline in the course (175 feet above ground.)
One group member opted out and headed back.
I, too, was assaulted by typical zipline fears at this point.
At least I think these are typical…isn’t it normal to be thinking:
- What if my trolley mechanism fails?
- What if my harness breaks?
- What if the cable snaps?
- What if I fall and am speared by one of those picturesque pine trees?
- What will my obituary say?
I placated those annoying fears…and none of that happened.
My husband seemed to have the time of his life — getting a little crazy with his no-handed cannonballs.
Me? I followed the rules.
It was a memorable day with my fun-loving, thrill-welcoming husband.
(But I was glad to get back on the ground –where the bathrooms were.)
Word of the Day: https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/07/27/placate/