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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Fifty

Yesterday, I turned 50 years old. I decided to celebrate by doing something that I had never done before, but that I had been wanting to do for quite a while.






Yup, that's me!I went on a zip line canopy tour at Zoar, in Charlemont, Ma. I was pretty nervous, but I had an absolute blast! It was so much fun!

I was surprised when my husband, who is not fond of heights,  wanted to go, too.



The Curly One, who loves roller coasters, had to be talked into going along.  Bad Mom that I am, I volunteered her to go first. I knew that I wouldn't back down once she had done it. You can see that she had the biggest grin of all of us.




We had five other guests of all ages, and two guides along on the trip. The guides have the white helmets in the picture. They had us do a training zip at the lodge, where our feet were only a couple of feet off the ground. It was very reassuring to feel how secure the harnesses are. That actually got rid of a lot of the nervousness. After that, they gave us a jeep ride to the top of the mountain, and we began to work our way back down.



The course was 10 zip lines, 3 controlled lowerings (sort of like rappelling, with the guide in control), and 2 suspension bridges. Some of the lines were treetop to treetop, some went to the ground, and some started on the ground, ending in the trees. The scariest part for me turned out to be standing on the platform, heels over the edge, getting ready to start the controlled lowering! Maybe it was the fact that I was not the one in control....

The trip lasted several hours, and by the time we got down, all three of us had decided that we want to do this again. If you're thinking about trying it, I highly encourage you to go for it. It's am amazing experience. And definitely a great way to celebrate a fiftieth birthday. Now I'm just trying to figure out when I can do this again, and what other new adventures do I want to experience this year....Maybe whitewater rafting? What do you think?

11 comments:

bunnits said...

Wheeeeeeee!!!!! Looks like you had lots of fun.

bunnits said...

(Oops! I hit "send" too soon. Silly me.)

I haven't tried that, but whitewater rafting is lots of fun, especially during the summer here in the South when it's really hot. We used go up to the Ocoee River in Tennessee. I haven't been in a few years and would really like to go back, but now, with arthritis in my hip, I'm wondering if I'll have to give it up.

Enjoy stuff while you can. You never know when the bod will fail to cooperate.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Wow Karen! What a way to celebrate half a century! Happy birthday to you! My 50th is coming up later this year and I am seriously considering going back to school!

MGM

Crafty Green Poet said...

Looks like you had fun! Happy Birthday!

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Looks like so much fun! Happy Belated Birthday! :)

speedyrabbit said...

Happy 50th Birthday for yesterday Karen!nose bonks from Speedy

SixBunnies said...

Happy 5oth Birthday! Yeah! I am not fond of being up high, either, so I'm glad you went and took pictures! Now, I can enjoy it without having to cry in front of people! :)

Jade said...

I didn't know that you're my age (well, a few months apart--I will be 50 in November)! I am SO jealous--I would love to do something like that for a big birthday celebration, but my options are so limited it's depressing the heck out of me. SO glad you had fun, though--and a very Happy, Hoppy Birthday from me and Mr. Mick (who sends birthday nose bonks and bunny kisses)!

Michelle May said...

Happy Birthday!!! Happy Birthday!!!
I think that was a totally fun way to spend your big day! Woo hoo!
xx

Lisa said...

That looks like so much fun!!! Happy birthday Karen and congrats to your daughter on her graduation

Gina said...

Belated Happy Birthday! Wow, what a fun celebration!