Sometimes you have to just let your hair down and go for it… I asked the family if they would like to take on Lake Geneva Canopy Tours, (Zip Lines) and I was greeted with an enthusiastic “We are all down, are you kidding?” Off we went…
The weather cooperated with beautiful sunny skies and light winds. Temp was warm and inviting. Our instructors (Honorio & Johnny) were funny and helpful. They explained how our gear worked—and then got us harnessed up.
Ground school was fun; it’s where you are taught the basics…. How to posture yourself while on the zip line, what to do if you get stuck out on the line, (self rescue), and of course, HOW TO STOP! Then, off we went to our first zip line.
Everyone wanted to be the first to go. The higher up we went the more fun we had—a lot of encouragement to trust the equipment…. Leaning out off a platform 50 feet up with only your harness holding you –nothing else—almost proved to be too much for a couple in our group. (This challenge is optional). But every one eventually rose to the challenge, and hung out off the edge of the platform.
My favorite was the last and longest zip line. Nobody in our group dusted the platform off with their butts. There was a shiny spot at the edge of the platform below each zip line. If you do not run off the platform, you will drop and dust off the edge with your butt. We had no butt wipers in our group, all launched with zeal and top speed. (On this zip you’re encouraged to really trust your gear and let loose). After leaping off the platform, I went most of the way down, hanging upside down, in a tucked position, to gain as much speed as was possible, it was awesome!
A good time was had by ALL that day, and memories were made. Pictures were taken with the iPhone, and some in my mind. These will be viewed long after the iPhone bites the dust. It was a challenge to get the kids all together in one place and one time; but so worth it! For me: a half day at the Canopy Tours with the Kids laughing and enjoying each other and the great outdoors—Priceless! Afterwards, ALL in our group agreed we’d have to do it again sometime soon.
Watch us flying down one of the zip lines!
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