I’m not going to lie. I started writing my encounter of this experience a few weeks ago but my creative juices never really got flowing and I gave up. Then I read Alexa’s damn good story so here I am, starting over, hoping to live up to what I and you have just read.
Let me start out by saying that yes, zip lining was indeed my idea. The deal with the whole list was no matter what we said, it went on the list. Luckily, I knew that Lex has done countless dumb things like scuba dive, throw herself out of a plane, and I think even bungee jump (at least I hope she’s done that, and not going to add it now that I have put the idea in her head). So tipsy me, feeling all inspired to conquer the world and make positive changes, suggests zip lining. Honestly thinking it wouldn’t happen for a way long time. Enter Living Social and its amazing deal that Lexa scoops up without a second thought.
She totally pegged us right on the nose. Alexa is one of the most creative, inspiring, loving people I know. A few years ago, I dubbed her my spirit guide and I pretty much can’t live without her in my life. She brings out the “earthy” side of me, which is usually covered up by spray tans, make-up and way cuter clothes than hers. You never know what she is up to, where she has run off to and 9 times out of 10, her phone is never charged. I am the planner who would probably have my phone surgically attached to my body if they offered it....but some how we work. And I know that no matter what adventures we get ourselves into, I will always come out with some of my greatest memories.
So, the zip line. The redeeming factor of this day was that I had planned on going to brew fest immediately following my potential brush with death. New rule, always follow bad ideas with good ones like beer. I drove us out to Noblesville and we somewhat stumbled our way from one barn to the next until I saw it...The worst idea I ever had. To make matters worse, some small child was in charge of saddling us up and keeping us safe. Poor kid, I gave him such a hard time he probably went home and wept. But I can’t help that I use sarcasm as a cover of my nerves and the boy got caught in the crossfire.
The next 15 min or so are I have blocked from my memory so I am going to take Alexa’s word for it. Somehow we were on a platform. She went, I went. It was over. And over fast. I do recall a sense of freedom and accomplishment during, but I’m pretty sure I spent that minute cursing myself for allowing it to happen. I finished, slid down a huge slide to my safety and continued to watch Alexa flirt with little man, which was the highlight of the whole trip. The kid adored her and I’m pretty sure she got his card. It’s cool Lex, puma’s are totally in right now.
I will say it was a great way to start off the list. I semi got over my fear of heights. But don’t go thinking I’m going to jump off something or out of something. Whatever happens next, you know it’s going to be epic.