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A zip line tour of north Florida

Just call me Peter Pan.

A few weeks ago, my friend Lindsay and I finally used our Groupon to go zip lining in Black Water River Forest, near Pensacola. Were we excited? Umm, that would be putting it mildly.

We set off for the three hour drive from Tallahassee to the forest at about 5:45 a.m. (I was kind of wishing at that moment I was a coffee drinker.)

Once we got to the park, we set off for our five-hour adventure at about 8:30 a.m. For those who aren’t familiar with zip lining, basically you are attached to a steel cable with a harness and swinging from one post to another. The longest zip line of the course is 900 feet long and you’re any where from about 30 feet to 75 feet in the air.

The scariest part isn’t the actual motion of zip lining, but standing on the platforms, getting ready to take off. You are one of 10 people on the platforms, hooked to steel cables so you don’t fall off.

I can’t tell you how truly awesome it was though to be swinging through the air. It was almost like riding a roller coaster in some ways, without the hills.  You do have to be in moderately good shape (some walking and climbing lots of stairs is involved) and no fear of heights.

I would definitely recommend it if the idea doesn’t totally terrify you. My friend Lynn still thinks I was nuts to do this. But it’s completely safe and a fun, active adventure if you’re up for it.

Some photos…

That would be the zip line.

While you wait your turn to swing across, you are attached to a steel wire around a pole.

Yep, we walked up all those stairs.

Hi Linds!

It’s a long way down.

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