I’ve never been one to pass up an adventure or try something new. I’ve done the four wheeling thing, diving, snorkeling, hiking, skiing, bungee jumping, and so on. I’ve gotten inked five different times and had several piercings to boot. I’m sure there are many things out there I still haven’t tried and may never do. I find it amazing how even though you may have heard of something, you don’t ever think about trying it until someone you know has tried it and loved it.
My eldest child will be turning sweet sixteen on Valentine’s day and she doesn’t normally do the party thing. So in light of that, I have been trying to think of something different to do with her this year. And as she is a huge JROTC fan (it’s her favorite class), something a coworker of mine did recently came to mind. She went ziplining with a group of her friends. She said they had a blast and if the pictures she showed me where any indication, I would have to say it looked like great fun. My daughter has already ziplined on a small-scale when she went to JROTC camp last summer and she loved it too.
That being the case, and because it’s definitely one of those things that I would love to try I think we may end of doing that as one of her gifts. I never even realized we had somewhere to do that sort of thing. It turns out that it’s only about a two hour drive from where I live. Ziplining in canyons in Florida? We have canyons?? Who knew? Obviously not me.
According to the brochure my friend brought me back, they are open year round, during daylight hours. The guides take you on a two and a half to three-hour tour through a network of cables. The tour includes the following: nine zip lines, two rope bridges, one rappel, a nature walk and of course, fantastic views you won’t see anywhere else. Of course, they walk you through the process and are there with you every step of the way. Being sure to do some practice runs before hitting the big time.
Total cost? $89.00 per person
As is with any type of physical activities, there are requirements that must be met in order to participate. The requirements are: must be a minimum of ten years of age, must way between 70 and 270 pounds, children must have an adult with them, in relatively good health and closed toe shoes.
We haven’t decided yet if we are going to try it, but after having looked at some of the photos on the company’s web page (www.ZIPtheCANYONS.com) I have to say, it looks pretty awesome. So if we give it a go, I will let you know how it turned out and hopefully I can show off some of my own pictures. But until then, please enjoy a few of the ones below.