I’ll give you a minute to watch this video of my 73-year-old mother and then I’ll tell you how the rest of the zip-lining excursion went.
It was fantastic! There was a lot of laughter, and a lot of climbing (something I didn’t think about before taking my mother). Most of all, lots of adventure.
My mother and I were in the hands of ‘Merica Matt and Jazzy Jes. These two twentysomethings were pros all the way. They checked and double-checked, and triple-checked every latch and belt of our harness as we moved from tree to tree on rope bridges, and secured ourselves to the lines on each platform. Even standing high up in the canopy of trees on small wooden platforms, we felt safe with them as our “handlers.” It was a statement on life, really. Here we were: two grown woman putting our lives in the hands of these two Millennials — who are both military vets, by the way. It was a reminder to me that there is great hope for our future.
But back to the zip-lining.
This was my second experience. I’d zip-lined once before in Jamaica, but my mother had never even dreamed of zip-lining. It took her a few lines before she started to really relax into it. But by the time we were on our second half of the course, she was leaning back and even letting go. She says she wished she’d known that she could do that sooner.
Her tip: Lean back instead of trying to stay perfectly upright, and let yourself go.
By the time we finished, we were exhausted in the most exhilarating way. Part of that may have been due to the buoyancy we felt after we took off the heavy harnesses we’d worn. Part of it, too, was the sheer joy of having our feet on the ground again. We were hungry. And ready for wine. Luckily, there are plenty of wineries in Geneva, Ohio. I’ll write about those next.
Have you been zip-lining? Doesn’t that video of my mom make you want to? 🙂
** Special thanks to Lake Erie Canopy Tours for hosting us on this sail through the trees. It was awesome!