Sunday, September 12, 2010

Zippity Doo Dah!!

Ok, folks! I told you on Friday that I was going to go do something adventurous. Boy howdy, did I ever!!! Let me preface this with a little fact about me. I am not athletic. I am not adventurous. I don't camp. I don't rough it. My husband always would tell people that my idea of "roughing it" was to eat on paper plates with the screen door open. Thanks honey! But oh, so true. I'm more of a "let's do tea and go to gift shops" kinda gal.

My sister's friend was coming for a visit and we wanted to do something fun and adventurous. Like I mentioned, Janice wanted to go sky diving. That was nixed right away. So what did we do? We went ZIP LINING!!!!! Me! Miss Jean!!! Went Zip Lining!!! Yessiree Bob!!! We had a blast!!! We drove here in Angels Camp which is about an hour from my house in the Sierra foothills. Be sure to check the link as they show videos of the zip lines.


The guys that run the place are sooooooo very nice and put up with us "old ladies" without complaint! (I'm sure there was a lot of eye rolling when we weren't looking.) This picture shows where you go initially to get all geared up. One funny thing that happened. After Janice and her friend were done, the fellow working said "Who's next?" Janice said, 'my sister, Jean." "Well, come on over here, Miss Jean!" Can't get rid of the Miss Jean name no matter what. It made me feel right at home.

Here we all are: Janice, Debbie and Miss Jean, all geared up and ready to go! See the tower in the background? That's where you take off from.

They drive you to the base and then you walk the path and across the swinging bridge. The bridge was the scariest part as far as I was concerned.


Here I am getting all ready to go! Janice is waiting for her second ride. Yes, we all did it twice! At first Janice and Debbie were really scared. Once I saw how they were rigged up and how safe it looked, my nerves were calmed.



You hold on but don't have to support your weight. All the straps and gears do that for you. You will not flip back or flip upside down.


I'm off!!!!

There is the end - waaaaayyyyyy down there! The ride goes really fast. 1,500 feet at approximately 40 miles per hour. I wish it lasted a lot longer.


Miss Jean, the Zip Liner!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!

We would have gone all day long if we could have, but it's not cheap. We are planning on going back again (and again). Next time Janice wants to go head first Superman style. I haven't made up my mind if I'm that brave.

I'm really proud of myself. I conquered a fear and did something totally out of character for me. It feels really good. I wonder what I can come up with next? Hmmmmm? I think for now I'll just go have a cup of tea!


***Thanks for all of your words of encouragement and congratulations! This was one of the most fun things I have ever done. It wasn't scary at all! You have all got to try this! Trust me!!

75 comments:

carol fun said...

Oh wow Jean - I am soooo impressed with your bravery - I'm terrified of heights but this does look like it was fun!

Mary Ellen said...

Oh Jean How Fun!!!! Good for you! I know we'll see you sky diving before long!!!

bee blessed
mary

Mumzie said...

OMG Jean! I can't believe you did this...how wonderful. I'm very impressed to say the least. Yvonne :)

The Green Pea said...

Oh! no way would you get me up there
My tummy was turning just looking at you flying over the trees. I could not look down. Glad you all had fun.
Miss Jean! Blessings you are still with us. sandi

Thimbleanna said...

Hahaha -- how Fun!!! I'm so relieved -- I was afraid you were bungy jumping or something. I'd like to go ziplining someday. Congratulations on conquering your fear and thanks for taking us along with you!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Yeah Jean!! How fun that looked. We have one here that I want to try someday.
Hugs,
Penny

Nicole said...

I am so impressed! You must have had an absolute blast.

PamKittyMorning said...

HOLY COW. I wouldn't have made it across the bridge.

junquegypsy said...

I'm such a chicken to do things like that but I'm really impressed that you took the "plunge" or "zip". Good for you - what a wonderful feeling it must have been. Proud of you!

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

You are a better gal then I! Good On YOU!
Great photos!

Lallee said...

Look at you!!! It must have taken some convincing with yourself to step off into nothing. What fun! I could not do sky diving, but maybe this I could do. I'm chuckling over the Miss Jean. How did he know????

Elizabeth and Gary said...

You are a very brave girl! I am such a chicken and my tummy would have been in knots...looks like you did have a lot of fun!! how adventures you were Jean! I Know my girls and Gary would love doing this and its not far from us either. I will check out the web site.
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Dawn said...

You rock Miss Jean! No way I could do that!

ChaChaneen said...

Ha Ha You look like your having a ball! My kids just did that at summer camp and LURVED it too!

fiberdoodles said...

Oh my gosh how fun is that! You are very brave!! LOL

Renee said...

I'm impressed. One of my co-workers went zip lining at Pigeon Forge. You ALL are much braver than me.

But it does look fun.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I am cracking up looking at you girls all geared up and ready to go! Mighty women, yes indeedy! Looks like so much fun!!!!!!!!! I am proud of you for having some fun!!

xoxoxo
becky

ScamperingScotties said...

Wow that looks like so much fun!

shahzad rajput said...

nice

shahzad rajput said...

nice

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