Taking a Leap- Ziplining and Mechanical Bull Riding
Right away when we got there, I saw that a zipline structure had been set up near the entrance. My heart raced at the prospect of going up that high and dangling in the air by a harness. My mom hurried towards the structure though, eager to give it a shot, and she dragged us with her.
The line was short and I didn’t have but a minute or two to protest or change my mind. My mom had me go first because she wanted to watch and learn before going on (thanks a lot mom). So with a fluttering stomach I allowed the harness to be put on me, and waited at the base of the long staircase for my turn to walk up. The gear felt tight and I began to feel a little light headed at the prospect of what I was about to rush into. I have mild discomfort with heights and I don’t like going fast, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about ziplining. I hoped I wouldn’t faint.
When it was my turn to go, I trudged up the countless metallic silver stairs, getting further and further from the ground. I kept going until I reached the top, trying to not look down and see how high I was.
Once I got to the top, the man operating the zipline attached a clip to my harness and instructed me to stand on the circular platform. Then once I was standing on the platform, he removed the barrier blocking the edge of the platform. The way was clear and I nervously looked down below.
“What do I do now?” I asked, uncertain.
“Anything you want,” he said. “You can walk off the edge, jump off, whatever.”
I gulped. I’m not one to just go off an edge into the air at a high elevation.
Then I jumped.
I went sliding down and across the line, feeling like Batman going after the bad guys. It wasn’t as gut wrenching as I thought it would be, and I could see it being more fun once you get used to it a little. When I reached the end of the line, I stopped a little short, but there were several guys there who helped me down. I ended up whacking my face with my hands and knocking my sunglasses off when I landed from the force, but other than that it went smoothly. At least now I can say I’ve been on a zipline.
Then the rest of my family went too, and I think they had a good experience as well.
Later on we all rode a little mechanical bull that was set up too, which was something they had offered at my grad night but I had been reluctant to try it. I thought it might be embarrassing if I couldn’t last long or got thrown off right away with everyone watching. But my family and I all did it, and I lasted a good amount of time, and it was kind of fun actually. Luckily there wasn’t too big of a crowd around and that helped.
My brother and I also rock climbed later on, and I’ve done that before so it wasn’t new to me, but still it makes me a little nervous being up that high and having to take leap of faiths now and then. I fell once trying to get to a rock but luckily the slack was kept tight and I didn’t drop too far. I eventually reached the top and rappelled back down.
All in all it was a day that took me out of my comfort zone, but it was great to be able to experience some new things. I would do them again!