GO APE ZIP LINE & TREETOP ADVENTURE
Toto, we’re not in Plano anymore, I giggle to myself as I peer over the Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve from my treetop perch. The shadowy tree coverage comes as an unexpected oasis. As I step up to the first zip line, a soothing stream runs fifty feet or so beneath me. It’s not so soothing as I take the plunge off of the platform.
This is the first of five full obstacles to complete over the course of my three-hour time slot at Go Ape. As soon as I feel the slack tighten, a wave of security washes over me. At the end track, I’m graciously greeted by a pile of mulch to make my landing softer. Have no fear, I found myself buried among the mulch every. single. time. But it’s all good — I gave that pile purpose.
Now, I’m continuing on my treetop journey, inching my way along the trails from above. I can see my fellow athletes (a father son duo and a team building work group) planted on platforms scattered throughout the forest. The wooden structures themselves are carefully constructed, in participation with the nature preserve, to assure conservation – a cool bonus to an already awesome activity.
It doesn’t take long before I fall into a comfortable climb, turning into the treetop performer joking to the staff down below. The true test comes when I bounce from a strip of dangling circular swings (that I successfully fall off of) to another strip of hanging rings. After my first failure, I commit to the cause and calmly make my way across, slipping my hiking boots in and out of the slots. Talk about a jungle gym.
As I slide down the final zip line, I can’t comprehend how three hours came and went so quickly. That thought is interrupted when I come to soft stop in the mulch, followed by a burst of laughter; a move that I immediately regret only because mulch in the mouth isn’t as welcomed as when it’s under you. As I exit, I shrug with satisfaction. Yep, I’m officially an American Ninja Warrior.
Featured Image Courtesy: Mary Murphy