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I Want to Zipline! What's Your Fantasy Adventure?

Today’s paper had an article on all the places to zip line in North Carolina. I love anything that gets me up in the air, so the article really got me excited. I have a feeling I’ll never get to zip line, though. I’m not sure it’s the best activity for someone with funky joints, but I can dream.

It reminds me of my hang gliding adventure years ago. In Keeper of the Light, I’d written about the Outer Banks’ beautiful Jockey’s Ridge, where hang gliders sail above the enormous dunes. It looked  effortless and I knew I wanted to try it. I’m so unathletic, though. The flying itself wasn’t my problem. It was the carrying-the-glider-while-trying-to-get-a-running-start-in-sand that presented the snag. My friends had a good laugh at my expense, but I did get airborne for a short flight across the sand. I’ll never forget that weightless and wonderful feeling.

Zip lining, though? Not sure. How about you? What is it you long to do?

12 Comments

  1. andrea on July 18, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Zip lining is so much fun. I was younger when I did it and was so scared. It wasn’t anywhere fancy or exotic, just a camp. But I loved it. I also went skydiving 2 years ago. I flipped out while we were going up in the plane. But they said there’s no turning back. LOL so I trusted my instructor and we flipped out the plane. Coolest thing I’ve ever done. That was something I’d longed to do, but was too scared to do it. And sometimes facing a fear is hard, but once you overcome it, the feeling of success is hard to describe in words!

    My next adventure…I’ve always wanted to swim w great whites on the barrier reefs…. an I pushing my luck? Haha

  2. Linda on July 18, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I have been zip lining twice and skydiving once and loved them both. I went whitewater rafting a few years back in NC and would like to do the same through the Grand Canyon. I am a pretty adventurous person and would like someday to hike the AT,well at least a couple days of it.

  3. Margo on July 18, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I would love to swim with dolphins off the coast of ‘anywhere’ (-O:

  4. Diane Chamberlain on July 18, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I love the swimming with dolphons idea, Margo!

  5. Kelly on July 18, 2011 at 10:54 am

    My dream is to get my RA under control enough to row (or crew to some people). My son was on the junior national team and I loved watching him in the early morning with the mist still on the lake, rythymic strokes from all his team mates and him, the quiet gentle swish of the oars in the water and the breathing – they all seemed to breath at the same time and you could hear the exhale. My dream.

  6. Sheree Gillcrist on July 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    What do I long to do? If I could, if there is a time, if it be his will:} I would love to have an opportunity to interview Leonard Cohen in his starkly furnished apartment in Montreal or my house. I’m flexible:} His music has been influential in my life, memory jogging, soul restoring and has sparked some great philosophical discussions with nay sayers and true believers of the Cohen conversion alike. The music and lyrics move me and challenge me. ‘Like a bird on a wire. Like a drunk in some midnight choir. I have tried, in my way, to be free’. And Len if your’re reading this, my email is attached..lol

  7. Diane Chamberlain on July 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Ah, Sheree, you are one of a kind. And just for you: http://youtu.be/YrLk4vdY28Q

  8. Nann on July 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    hiking….. and canoeing…… and more hiking. Not little day hikes of a couple miles, but serious through hiking in mountains and Alaska and…… a trek in Nepal would be great. Canoeing great rivers through places you don’t see any other way. Oh and joining my husband on his dream trip wandering around India for 3 months. My body says “no” though and India’s out with a suppressed immune system. So I eat at Indian restaurants and go for little short hikes when I can. 🙂

  9. Connie Poland on July 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    My fantasy adventure. . . I’ve always wanted to direct traffic at a major(8 lane) intersection. I think it would give me a sense of power and control. I want the uniform, the white gloves and the flashlight/flag.

  10. Sheree Gillcrist on July 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you Diane. Definitely one of my favourites:). My fingertips are numb from hanging onto hope that Len will tour Europe one more time. May have to forego eating to afford the tickets but it beats the heck out of walking to lose weight lol. ‘ If you life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn. They will bind you with love that is graceful and green as the stem’. Pure Poetry. Magic.

  11. Diane Chamberlain on July 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    So far, Connie wins the oddest fantasy, although I personally would like to be the phlebotomist others plebotomists call in when they can’t find a good vein. A very weird aspiration, I know. Or I guess I’ve spent a little too much time with phlebotomists… But wait, we’re supposed to be talking about our adventure fantasies! I love Kelly’s description of the rhythmic breathing, and Nann settling for Indian food instead of traipsing through India. So much cheaper!

  12. Katrina Lou on July 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I would like the horse riding over the moors. Not overly wild or anything. I haven’t ridden in about 5 years but I still have a great passion for it and love horses. And the moors aren’t too far from where I live (well Dartmoor and Exmoor) and they are beautiful.

    I’d also like to swim with dolphins.

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