Monday, August 8, 2011

Zipety Do Dah!

A few weeks ago, we got to do something we have been wanting to do for a long time.  ZIP LINE!!  On a recent trip we stopped in the Gatlinburg area for a couple of nights.  We spent the first day exploring the Smoky Mountain National Park.  I'll post about that soon.  The second day we decided to go ziplining.  I did much research online and decided that Smoky Mountain Ziplines was the place to go.  By the way, this is not a sponsored post.  We paid for our experience and the photo CD on our own.

I had read great reviews for them and liked the fact that they have many lines for you to do and not just one like some of the other places.

Once you get there you have the obligatory waivers to sign and then they fit you with safety equipment.  IN this case a helmet, gloves and a harness.  Then they load you up in the back of an army truck and drive you up the mountain.

They are all about safety and make sure you follow all of the rules.  Our guides were Peach and Diesel (Cale).  They gave us instructions and explained why their rules would keep everyone safe.  I was a little nervous at this point hoping I would remember everything.  The first two lines are very short and they are just basically for training.  The lines get longer and faster each time.

Once I got past the second line, my nerves were gone and I had a blast.  Peach and Deisel were very funny and our entire group had a blast.

On one of the lines we were told that the photographer would be taking our pictures.  He got several good pics of everyone in our group.

It was a beautiful day.  Rain was in the forcast and we had been told what to expect if it came but the weather held out for us.

At the end of the lines, we got back in the army truck and they drove us back to the starting point.  There is a store and they provide free beverages for the zipliners.  You can buy pictures of your experience.  They sell them individually or you can buy a CD of all of the pics of your entire group with a photo release.  I think the CD was only $20.  It was a great deal.

We had a great time!!   I would love to go zip lining again.