On January 1st, Feng and I decided to sign up for a quick adrenaline rush: zip lines.
We were in Monteverde, in the Costa Rican mountains, where this is a popular activity. Basically, we were attached to a steel cable with a harness, attached itself to a removable trolley. Plus the cute helmet, of course. We were taken deep into the rainforest and left on the first platform, on top of a tree. There, we were taught to use thick leather glove (to brake) and… that was it! The zip lines were scattered along 16 platform, some really high (over 100 meters) and very long (over 600 meters).
Zipping from platforms to platforms in the canopy forest was… scary! I don’t like heights too much (I’m a sea person) and it was very windy and misty, making each ride a speedy one. The last two ones were over a big valley and we had to jump from the platform into the cloud. About half way, we got soaked because of the mist and the strong winds. We were told not to break at all, otherwise, we might get stuck in the middle of the cable (not a great prospect). Yet, the speed was scary and I found myself hoping I was going to make it. Being alone, suspended high in the air with seemingly little holding up, is definitely quite an experience.