|Zip lining is fun for all ages.
Each of these activities can take you out of your usual comfort zone--with minimum risk by people of average fitness. Just bring a sense of adventure and a willingness to try something new. The best part: You’ll gain self-confidence—and bragging rights--for your accomplishments.
Zip lines: This popular activity can be found in almost any tourist location. Although every zip line offers a little different experience, all guarantee an exciting, rather than scary, ride along a metal cable through outstanding natural landscapes.
Soar over canyons, streams, hills, or lakes or through a forest of old-growth cypress trees or over a national park. Take in scenic panoramas (be sure to look out instead of down) while whizzing along wire cables of various lengths—up to a half mile long. Some zip lines feature an automatic braking system while others require you to apply pressure to the cable for stopping as you approach the landing. Either way, this may be the perfect family adventure if children are at least eight years old (Some have weight restrictions, so check beforehand).
|Leaving the airplane to start descent.
As you flow through cool air above the clouds there’s really no sound; it’s eerily quiet and peaceful. Although sky divers free fall around 5,000 feet in 40 seconds, there’s little awareness of downward movement.
|Exhilaration in the air.
If the outfitter you jump with provides a videographer, as many do, you’ll be distracted by waving at the camera. All too soon, you’ll feel a gentle tug as the jump master deploys the parachute—and you begin drifting slowly to the landing zone. Catch your breath during this relaxing time and survey the open landscape below. If you’re at least age 16, rev up your sense of adventure and go.
|Strapping on flyboard boots prior to entering the water
|From a prone position you must bend at the waist and lift
your body out of the water to ride the stream.
|Getting last minute instruction before swinging out on the trapeze.
|This was the achievement of my dream!