The working title of this post was “Conquering Fear or Stark Raving Mad? I’ll Let You Know After My Pscyh Eval!” I changed the title because those who have read my blog for any length of time might have looked at the choices, said “stark raving mad, of course” and then not bothered to read on.
My next idea was “At The End Of My Rope.” I gave myself a pat on the back for my cleverness, because when ziplining, I literally dangled at the end of a rope. Then, it occurred to me that the title could be mistaken for the figurative use of the phrase, indicating that an emotionally draining blog post/rant would follow. Since my blog traffic is barely a blip on WordPress’ radar, I certainly didn’t want to scare off the few brave souls who click over here anyway, against their better judgment. (I thank you all, by the way :))
Deciding to be less cutesy, I thought I’d use, “Adventures in Ziplining.” Yawn. After I nodded off for a bit, I decided the title needed a little more bling. I begged my brain to work with me. I mean, with a blog title of “JannaTWrites” (boring), I had to offer something creative and click-worthy!
All tapped out of brilliant mediocre deplorable ideas, I did a cut and paste job that would shame a Kindergartner. I even lost a few of the words. Sorry. Blog titles drive me insane! I know there must be something wrong with me.
I’ll let you know after my psych eval.
Now on to the real post…
So, the one thing I anticipated/dreaded about the Maui trip was the zipline. I’m afraid of heights, and I’m not too keen on dangling from cables with a harness wedged up my….never mind. Oh, the questions ran through my mind: What if the cable breaks? What if the harness isn’t hooked up right? What good is the helmet going to do if I fall?
There were five ziplines on the tour we picked. I’ll tell you why I picked this tour: kids as young as eight could do it. I figured if an eight year old could do it, I could too. (Disclaimer: this theory doesn’t apply to roller skating. Trust me…I know.)
I screamed like a baby on the first line, which was mildly embarrassing considering that two young girls (I’m guessing 11-15 years old) had just done the line without so much as a yelp. Things improved. I went down the fourth line backwards. I probably shouldn’t mention that it was a complete accident – I twisted and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get myself turned around. Here’s a glimpse at my efforts:
Sticking the landing without so much as a sliver in my backside (thanks to the gentleman stationed at the bottom to catch us), I felt like a zipline queen. They said the last line was the fastest on the island. They said some people choose to hike down instead. I said, Bring. It. On.
I looked down and thought perhaps I could take the “hike to the bottom” option. Then, I remembered the money we spent – I wasn’t about to waste one fifth of the tour! The two young show offs girls went first. In the hesitation that followed after the guide asked for the next victim, I stepped forward and volunteered to go.
This started an interesting example of adult peer pressure. As I left the group, the couple we traveled with said they were going to hike down. (Hubby was up for the zip.) I expected to see my husband come down the line after me, but to my surprise, I saw his friend…followed by his friend’s wife…then my husband. When asked why the change of heart, here’s the explanation I got:
Since I went, my husband would, too. Once hubby’s friend heard my husband was going, he had to go also, or else my hubby would tell everyone at work he was a “pansy”. When her husband ended up going, the wife decided to go because she didn’t want to hike down alone.
Good thing no one asked, “Would you like to smoke some of this?”
We all had a blast and plan to do it again sometime. I found a short YouTube video of the last zipline, to give you an idea of what it looked like. It’s a lot like my video, except it doesn’t have a crazy lady gasp-screaming for most of the ride 🙂
I guess I can cancel my psych eval. I think we all know how that would turn out anyway…
So what do you think? Have you ziplined? Would you try it?