Sunday, July 24, 2011

Zipping Along

I did something today that can now be marked off my bucket list. 


Funny thing is, I didn't even know it was on the list.  Even funnier...I didn't even know I had  a list!


At first glance, the concept of me and a zip line is quite preposterous.  Those that know me well know and understand that I am not the most graceful of people.  (one look at the wall behind the treadmill is plenty of evidence).  However, if you dare me or try to tell me that I CAN'T do something, well...game on!  The boys learned this a few years ago when we went kayaking and came across an abandoned bridge that people were jumping off of into the river.  Those fatal words of "Mom won't do it, she's chicken" were uttered and later eaten by two rather impressed boys!


In Louisville, Kentucky there is a limestone mine that was purchased by someone in the private sector.  It still has some mining functions, but two tours are now offered.  The cavern spans over 17 miles of corridors UNDER Louisville.  You can view the mine via a nice safe, slow tram ride.  OR, you can opt for one of the most exciting experiences...zip lines across the interior canyons. 


We opted for the Mega Zip.  This is the ONLY underground zip line in the world!  The tour consisted of 5 separate zips that got more and more challenging.  All the gear is provided and you are sent on your adventure with 2 trained guides that take care of all of the hooking up and all of the safety aspects.  


All was going well, the first couple were pretty "simple"...I don't think we were more than about 50 or 60 feet above the cavern and then came the first truly challenging one.  It had a bit of bounce to it and once you stepped off the box, you were at the edge of the drop off to the cavern floor, waaaayyyyy down there.  It was a little over 400 feet long.  


Suspension bridges allow you to travel to the final two zips, the first one being just under 900 feet long and the last one being super fast.  


To answer some of the obvious questions, 1) yes, I was a little scared.  I'm not so much scared of heights as I am of the landing part if I were to fall. 2) yes, I kept my eyes open.  There is barely any lighting and we were relying on the lights on our helmets.  The views were spectacular and something I definitely would not want to miss! 3)no, the thought of chickening out never crossed my mind. 4) OH YEAH! I would do it again in a heartbeat!


While chatting with the guides, we found out that the Mega Zip has only been open to the public for a few weeks.  If you are ever in the area, this is something to put on your list of things to do.  More information can be found here.  (No, they really don't know me as anything other than the lady that chose to sit down in her harness and scootch off the extreme drop off platform instead of taking the giant first step.)


Here is the proof that we survived...



4 comments:

  1. What a blast!!! Super jealous here!

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  2. Seriously. You could *totally* adopt me. Also, you are kind of my hero right now. Glad you had fun!

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  3. Good for you! I am mega impressed. I think I could do a zip line if the altitude remained mostly constant, but I am a total wimp about anything involving drop-offs or big falls.

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  4. Looks like you had a fantastic time!

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