"It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves." Andre Gide
Today, two of my girlfriends and I had a girls day out: to the mall or the spa...Nah... we went Zip lining with Go Ape in Derwood, MD.
I through the idea out there and they were super excited to go. So we hopped in the car and off we went. We arrived at Go Ape and the friendly staff greeted us with a smile. We had to fill out the infamous waivers and go through a very detailed safety briefing. They show you how to clip in and teach you all kinds of rhymes to remember what to do while up on the course. "Red to red or you will be dead." (referring to the lead carabiner to the safety line), "Closed and opposed." (referring to the placement of the carabiners on the zip line). Zip lining in the tree tops 40 feet above the ground is a great esteem builder. The course was a challenging mix of balance beams, leap pads 40 feet in the air, rope bridges, zip line and a tarzan swing. As you go along the courses, five total, each course gets a little more difficult and the zip line gets higher and longer. To go through the entire course it takes approximately 2 1/2 - 3 hours.
I have noticed that as I get older I have become more adventurous. This adventure was one of my favorite, right up there with kayaking on the Colorado River with Desert Adventures.