My sister and I were having a craving for adventure–not huge big, crazy things–but the kind of adventure that gets your heart racing and kicks you out of your comfort zone. Physical adventure keeps “death by complacency” at bay. We both feel the call of the “wild” when we aren’t being challenged physically and emotionally. Sometimes you just need to feel the tingle of fright and jump off the tower.
Jumping off the tower is what we did this weekend. No–not bungy jumping or gliding but “zip lining.” Zipline adventures have been popping up around the states especially in ski resorts. Since Florida is deficit in ski facilities we settled for a safari zip–still great fun–just not as high or dry. Our zips flew over swampy grounds where alligators and other wet land creatures reside. And for those who find heights a bit of a challenge even 55 feet off the ground poses a challenge.
So we harnessed our torsos and helmeted our noggins and climbed the first tower where our guides hooked and unhooked our lines before encouraging that first step into air suspended only by a small wire cable. Wheeeeeeeeee…..
Each tower got progressively taller and faster and by the seventh leap we were laughing and videoing our glide through the trees. By the end–we were ready to tackle something bigger and scarier. We’re already planning a moonlight zip when the alligators come alive and night noises are scarier than the zipping!
If you consider experiential learning an element of a better life–then physical adventures are a fun and quick way to boost your feeling of aliveness. Try it!