by: Sandra Elzie
“They” say that hearing is the first thing to go with age. Well, my hubby is just a couple of years away from seventy, so I guess he falls into the “aged” category. And, of course, as most women will agree, our men sometimes seem to have selective hearing…know what I mean? Well, let me tell you about a conversation I had with someone at church a few months ago.
She was telling me that she and her husband had gone zip lining. She said how much they enjoyed the experience and I told her that it sounded like a lot of fun and I’d love to try it. A couple of months later….June, to be exact….I received our Visa bill and, like normal, checked it over to be sure all the charges were legitimate. Then I checked with hubby about one that seemed odd.
“Hey, Babe. Did you order a new canopy for the trailer?” I had my doubts about that since a new retractable awning can run more than a thousand dollars and this was less than two hundred, but I couldn’t think of anything else.
He stood looking at me for several seconds…without saying anything, which isn’t unusual with my man of few words…and then his face relaxed into a slight frown. “It was supposed to be a surprise.” You see, my birthday is in June and this was my birthday present. Zipping through the treetops of Lula, Georgia at North Georgia Canopy Tours. He had been listening and wanted to surprise me with a gift I really wanted.
Well, as it happened, our schedule was totally booked for June, so our zip line outing didn’t take place until August 6th, but it was worth the wait. They have a few different options, but Hubs had selected The Adventure Canopy Tour, so we arrived ready to pit our endurance against the other seven in the group they assigned us to. We were introduced to Henry & Jenna, our youthful and fabulous leaders, then we donned our harnesses, helmets & gloves and followed them to the training area. Training? You mean this isn’t like Disneyland where I just hook on and enjoy the ride? Nope. You have to learn how to hold on (definitely a good idea when you’re sixty feet above the ground) and how to slow down as you approach the end of the zip…also a good idea since the “end” is a platform built around a tree…and if you don’t slow down, well, the impact could be painful.
The Adventure included 12 zips (totaled over a mile), 2 sky bridge walks, a rappel of about 25 feet and 3 nature walks (all up hill that winded even some of the younger zippers. Fortunately we were rewarded with cups of water at the end of each hike…ah, sorry, I mean “nature walk.”) Three of the zips were over ponds and two were over the Oconee River and all afforded some very beautiful scenery. Click on the link for Canopy Tours, and view a video that gives you an idea of the fun we had. Note: If it doesn’t start immediately, click on the first picture in the row at the bottom of the screen. Oh, and don’t miss the second video that runs immediately after the first. Be sure to watch both. Only takes a couple of minutes to watch both.
Being the oldest in the group (the youngest was 10 and barely made the minimum weight limit of 70 pounds) I’m happy to tell you that we didn’t embarrass ourselves one bit. We kept up with the youngsters & enjoyed their enthusiasm. At the end of the three hours we were awarded a certificate of completion.
After viewing the pictures taken along the way and buying a shirt, we headed home, mentally marking another item off our Bucket List of things we want to do before we’re too old to enjoy them.
Question: What’s the most recent things you’ve checked off your Bucket List…and what’s next on your list of things to do before you kick the bucket?
More About Sandra:
Sandra Elzie lives in Georgia with her husband of several decades and the feline home-owner, Jack. Sandra loves to travel, read and write contemporary romance books. She loves to hear from her friends, and can be contacted at: http://www.SandraElzie.com