WATCH: I scream my way across the canyon!
Apparently this is what I look like when I attempt to smile whilst terrified!
Who thinks up things like zip lining?
What kind of sick mind muses – “hey, let’s launch folks across a gaping canyon on a wire – that’ll be awesome!”
Well, whoever that was, I’d like to personally thank them. As crazy as it sounds, I’ve become a fan.
When I first found out that we’d be zip lining during our Newfoundland adventure, I had a major panic moment.
Zip lining, in my mind, fell into the bungee-jumping, rodeo-clowning, leaping-off-buildings-in-suits-with-wings category of antics.
Better off left to the fearless young whippersnapper types.
Not something I’d ever volunteer to do at my age (or at any age, for that matter).
But there it was, staring out from a sheet of paper, just daring me, taunting me. Intriguing me.
So I popped over to the Marble Zip Tours website – not a good move. The site features out-of-control photos and videos along with slogans like “Canada’s Highest Zip Line” and “It’s a cross between parachuting and flying.” Yikes.
Having never parachuted nor flown, this “cross” sounded like one I wasn’t willing to bear.
BUT, I had specifically told our sponsors at Go Western Newfoundland that I wanted to conquer some fears during our visit, and I was game for anything (when will I learn to keep my yap shut?), so I pulled up my big-girl panties and headed to the beautiful Humber Valley.
A pretty good shot considering I was screaming my brains out as I took this, eh?
After getting harnessed in and going through the surprisingly hilarious safety talk, I was actually getting excited. The true panic didn’t hit until I was actually hooked on and on my way…
The Marble Zip Tour is made up of a total of nine zips, and after my first terrifying run I settled down and really started to enjoy myself. Our guides were funny and engaging, pointing out points of interest along the way that, by my third or fourth zip, I was actually able to focus on. The valley magically morphed from a place of terror to one of the most spectacularly beautiful places on Earth.
There truly is a difference between standing on the edge of something wonderful and actually being in amongst it all. Suddenly I became more than a bystander; I realized it was the first time I felt a part of something so vast and natural – as a bird might feel.
I will be zip lining again.
YOUR TURN: Would you, could you zip line? Have you zip lined? Tell us of your adventure!