Mike Nelson's Colorado -- Ziplining

WOLCOTT, Colo. - So what is this thing called ziplining?

I had heard of it. I wasn't really sure what it was all about except that it was something like bungee-jumping without the jumping part and you're dangling over the earth somewhere.

Now, for those who really know me, they know I am not a daredevil -- far from it!! In fact, I tend to play it safe. That's just my nature.

So when I mentioned to my husband and two college-aged kids the idea of going ziplining, they were more than excited about going, so I decided to go for it.

Now this isn't just a quick trip across town. Nope. This was a full day outing.

We chose a place called Zip Adventures in Wolcott, which is near Vail, about 100 miles from our house in Littleton. It's about a two-hour drive and of course, the kids fell asleep in the car. When you have two college kids they are never in bed before midnight, so getting up at 7 a.m. and leaving the house by 8 a.m. is a bit early for them. Come to think of it, it's early for me too, since I am never home from work before 11:30 p.m.

Still, our appointment at Zipline Adventures was at 11 a.m., thus the early drive. We did not want to be late!

The people who greeted us, Meaghan and Tyler, were great. They are both college students and this is their summer job. And you can tell they love what they're doing. They make you sign a bunch of forms first, making sure you are in decent health. By the way, this is not for the weak of heart, or ankles, hips or back. Anybody else, you should try it!

Once it's been determined that you are healthy enough to sign up, they start suiting you up. I had straps and hooks and things that were almost girdle-like (not that I have ever worn a girdle) and then of course, I had to mess up my news anchor hair with a lovely helmet. It's safety first, right? Not nice hair first? Oh well. I got over it quickly.

We took a ride in the back of a truck to get to our first zipline location and then took a short hike. They start you out on an easy zipline and the trips gradually get faster and longer, and in some cases, the canyon below you gets deeper. Megan and Tyler hook you up to the zipline, explain the trip and then one of them takes off to demonstrate.

My time to zip had arrived! I held on for dear life my first try and even took a little coaxing to step off on my first "zip adventure."

I thought I needed to use my upper body strength and hold myself up while I zipped, but that wasn't the case at all! Once I relaxed my arms and my back and everything else, I realized I could just sit and coast. I didn't need to do anything but just kind of hang out and check out my surroundings. Seriously, there I was in the Vail area which means mountains and greenery and rushing water and occasional wildlife. Wowee! And there I was flying!

Now back to reality. As my son pointed out, you're hanging from a string. Talk about scary!! No, it's not a string, you're dangling from a series of lines that are tested at 7,000 pounds, so unless you've been chowing down and gearing up for an all-you-can-eat contest, these lines will hold just about anyone.

What did my family think? They thought it was great. We were all excited and nervous and anxious to start and before we knew it, our Zip Adventure was coming to an end and we were sorry that our time was up. Time just kind of "flew by." (Get it?) Now, that was an adventure!

Would we do it again? Absolutely!

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