Earlier this year my in-laws retired/expatriated to Costa Rica. They decided after 25 plus years of running their own business they were ready for their next big adventure.
So, a few weeks ago, we took the boys to visit their grandparents in their new home.
Aside from spending their week in the swimming pool, the only other thing the boys wanted to do was go zip lining in the rainforest canopy. Calls were made. Arrangements were arranged. So we climbed into a passenger van and drove up the side of the mountain into the clouds.
The roads were narrow and twisty, frequently disappearing into the clouds as we made our way to Parque Aventuras San Luis
The canopy tour consisted of 18 jumps between tress of different heights. Before each jump our guides would secure us to the pulley with a series of safety straps that gave me at least the impression of safety.
After a crash course in zip lining, we were hooked up sent on our way. They boys were thrilled and led the way down the line. As they say, that first step is a doozy, but once you've taken it, it get a whole lot easier to step of the wooden platform into the great wide open.
After our third zip we came to the Tarzan Swing. It was essentially a giant wire swing out over the canyon. The guide lifted the boys up easily enough, but when it was my turn, well, see for yourself...
Every time the guides gave me a push, all I could think of was Jay telling Silent Bob to "fly fatboy fly" in Mallrats
After the swing, we took several more jumps under we reached the final one. It was called the Superman Cable. It was called that because we traded in our trusty pulleys for a full body sling that was attached to the line.
This brought about the day's only diappointment. The boys weren't big enough to wear the sling or heavy enough to insure they would make it completely across the ravine. So while they tandem zipped to our final destination, I took flight across the ravine like the Man of Steel.
I had my camera out to take a first person POV video of the jump, but the heavy leather gloves I was wearing missed the start button. Fortunately we bought the picture AND video package before we started. The first guide off the platform took the video I missed.
I've never been a big extreme sports guy. As a kid I was all arms, legs and glasses. THICK
glasses. The kind of glasses that if they get lost or broken you spent the rest of the day feeling your way down the wall. Now, thanks to LASIK and a dozen (or two) new pounds, I found myself much more willing to take the necessary leap of faith.
The boys are still talking about their trip through the rainforest, so I guess this month's adventure was a success.