Prior to being invited out to go "zip-lining" I had only watched others on television enjoying this adventurous and exciting activity that seem to look like so much fun. Since I am an analytical thinker I was weighing out potential risks vs. rewards so I was quite apprehensive. Trusting a cable to bring me from point A to point B seemed a little scary at first but all of my questions were answered from the confident and knowledgeable guides that held our tour. I was really excited to hear that Lake Lanier was offering Canopy tours which are just that ...tours of the trees and the lake and its beautiful surroundings from a heightened view while on a zip-line (a cable that you are safely harnessed to that carries you from one tree to another allowing a fun ride and beautiful view).
In February I was invited with a group of family and friends and decided to go take a peak at Lake Lanier Canopy tours which oversees a beautiful lake, trees and surroundings. We were greeted by one of the guides and walked into the office where you are asked to sign a small form prior to making your payment and then heading outside to get "suited up" with your helmet, harness, and gloves (women get pink gloves).
Noticing my apprehension the guide convinced me to at least try since I had come to check it out or I would never know if I liked it or not...! I mean isn’t life just about that; living it? He (wish I could remember his name to give him proper credit) reassured that if I went out there I could attempt the first small initial teaching zip-line and if I was still apprehensive I could change my mind and receive a refund or credit to come back or give to a friend. His encouragement nudged me that far. And…Imp so glad!
As mentioned above, after signing the paperwork you go outside and get geared up. Then you begin with the first "teaching" short zip line which actually initiates the course of what I think I remember being 5-7 zip lines and 2 sky bridges. I will admit it took me a few minutes to try and enjoy this instead of weighing risks and rewards and thinking all of those crazy thoughts. I kept thinking “it really looks like fun” and I also had my 15 year old daughter egging me on to continue forward. I decided I was going to take on this mini adventure and listened carefully to the instructions they give you prior to your first launch. They teach you how to hold on, how to brake and how to land on the platform. With the help of my guide who counted to three...1, 2, 3 go.... (LOL) I initiated the first zip-line and each one after that was more fun.
There is one long line that took us over a small portion of the lake that I remember being the most beautiful....I let go and enjoyed the ride across. And there were two sky bridges that you walk across. I felt very safe and the guides were always right there encouraging, reassuring and doing an excellent job at their job!
The guides were so reassuring, encouraging, funny, helpful and truly enjoyable to be with. They love what they do! And that made all the difference for me. The weather was beautiful the day we went. It is a bit of a costly activity (group rates are cheaper and I believe they offer coupons) but it is something you should try, well worth the cost and the memories that you will have from your zip-lining experience. We did take pics while on the zip line which I will post here. One of our group members brought a little backpack to carry her camera and others used cell phones (so you should bring an accessible camera). Also, wear comfortable sneakers and clothes as if you were going on a hiking trail.
If you are apprehensive but want to try it; you should go for it! If I can do it; you can. I was really happy and thankful that I went zip-lining that day.
If your asking, “Would you do it again”? Yes I would!
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