This past Saturday, on January 19th 2013 at about 11:30am, I ZipLined!!!
Yep! Strapped into a harness, hooked onto a wire and rode through the air from one side of the hill to another. Okay, so it was much safer and more exciting sounding than that, but it was such a great experience!
And of course, this counts as another item of my ‘Bucket List’. Woo-Hoo!!!
I, with some friends, organised to join a group that was visiting Victory Heights ZipLine and Low Ropes Course in Arouca, East Trinidad. We dressed in appropriate wear – jeans and sneakers, and reached a little too early, due to my excitement and mix-up of the scheduled time. In any case, driving around, enjoying each other’s company, ensured that we really were ‘ON TIME’ for our upcoming adventure.
There were about 10 of us in the group, most of us strangers yet with the ‘nervous’ common goal of overcoming this hurdle; this fear; this exciting adventure.
The ZipLine facility is located at Victory Heights Bible Camp with an approximate length of 450 feet of line, allowing about 15 seconds of travel time. They are in the process of constructing a longer and steeper one, that should be opened soon. The hosts were very gracious, reassuring and patient with all our numerous questions. After an introduction and a safely talk, we geared up, each person being check numerous times and were allocated two (2) ‘rides’ each on the line. Of course, only the brave ones ‘jumped at the chance’ to go first. The rest of us stood by and watched… and prepared ourselves to overcome the inevitable. It was just to get over the fear of the first couple of steps and then trusting the ZipLine to ‘hold-yuh-up’ while you went through the air.
Once the first ride was completed, feelings of exhilaration and joy, excitement and accomplishment were experienced. The second ride was just excitement and adventure as the initial feelings of fear had passed. We all wanted to go for more ‘chances’ but unfortunately time did not permit…
It was a great experience and I am so glad I got the opportunity to experience it. I can’t wait to have the chance to repeat this experience in other locations around the world.
Thanks to CJ for the pics (below):