Saturday, June 14, 2008

Father's Day Fun!


So for Father's Day, I decided that it was high time Barry had a little fun. And I mean some real, get-out-of-your-everyday role, be silly, no worries kind of fun! Some of the most beautiful parts of Ohio are in the Southern part, specifically Hocking Hills. Well, in April Ohio's only world-class zipline tour opened for business in Hocking Hills, and I signed us up for Father's Day weekend. Many thanks to my dear Sheri for the tip, and thanks to my mom for coming to stay with the kids for the day so we could go!

Our tour started at 2:30, and we were advised to be there 30 minutes prior. We left 2 hours early and go there in plenty of time... in fact, after we checked in we went for a milkshake before we took off. After getting our gear and completing a brief training session with our guides, Eli and Marissa, the group was off! There really wasn't a lot to practice, it was super easy! I promise!

We hopped in a 10-person ATV and were taken to the first zip. It wasn't very high, and didn't go super fast, but we were hooked instantly. Flying along through the trees, checking out the awesome scenery...it was great! Basically, you just clip onto the zipline with your trolley and a couple of carbiners, which are attached to your harness, grab onto the top with your leather glove-clad hands, and away you go! You brake by applying pressure to the zipline with your left hand behind the trolley to slow you down as you come to each platform. The tour took about 3 hours start to finish, and the cost was $75 per person. I'm telling you, it was so FUN!! We got up to 32 mph on some of the zips! Woo HOOOO!!! If you want to see all the pics, you can click here. I'll try to share a few video clips tomorrow, so check back! Right now I just want to go to bed. I'm tired!

So happy Father's Day a whole day early, Barry! You are the best and we love you so much! I hope you had a really great day!

6 comments:

Evil Lunch Lady said...

So Cool! That looks like some crazy fun!

jenelle said...

Oh my word. I am so envious. That looks and sounds like a riot. I've always wanted to go skydiving but the hubby isn't sold on that one. This looks like a "safer" alternative to sell him on. Thanks for the idea!

Kuckie said...

ELL - It was definitely some crazy fun!

Jenelle - Seriously, if you get the chance, GO! It was an awesome time and we felt totally safe!

MommyK said...

I would be terrified. But my H would love it. Cute pics and thanks for visiting my blog today!

kc said...

That looks like so much fun! We would totally love doing something like that, I just never thought to check into it...Now I'll have to remember this for the future...that is a GREAT Father's Day Gift!

Kuckie said...

MommyK - the pleasure was all mine...enjoyed your blog very much!

KC- You should definitely check it out. I don't know where you are in TX, but I know they mentioned that one of the big zipline courses was 30 miles or so outside of Austin...

 
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