As you might guess from the name of my blog, sporty I am not. But occasionally my thirst for doing new things outweighs my commonsense about my own lack of athletic ability, and off I go. This time: zip-lining with Flightlinez at Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City (about 20 minutes outside of town). I figured it couldn’t be as scary as the time I chickened out on a challenge course at Miraval Spa, and I survived skiing for the first time this past winter (also a what-you-didn’t-know-Vegas-offered excursion)… so let’s go!
The thing I didn’t take into account: the almost hurricane-force winds that roared all night. I shrugged it off — they’ll cancel if it gets too bad, right?! As I soon learned: wrong!
The tricky thing about zip-lining in the wind is that as a complete novice you have to quickly learn what to do when the wind is coming from behind you, and what to do when the wind is blowing towards you. If you get going too fast, you will crash. If you go too slowly against the wind, you can get stuck and have to get rescued.
Me? I managed to crash AND need a rescue in one go: I got going too fast and crashed so hard that I bounced back far enough that I got stuck … and had to get rescued.
Yes, it takes true talent to be as uncoordinated as me!
In the meantime, zip-lining was great. At Flightlinez, you first get to hike up a little bit to the first line, taking in the gorgeous vistas of Boulder City. We went early in the morning so it wouldn’t be too hot. (We made the appointment weeks in advance, before we knew about the winds!) We were all scared about getting stuck, so we were relieved that the first line was steep enough that that wouldn’t happen. We all made it in safely! The second one was less steep and/or against the wind, and we all learned the pencil/French fry flying position to make sure we made it to the end. Only a few of us got stuck! (And for once — not me!)
The third one was when I crashed and burned.
Luckily, Flightlinez has the best instructors I’ve ever met. They were hilarious, kept the mood light, and one of them even lent me his sweatshirt when I was freezing in the wind. And then on the fourth run, when I was terrified of crashing again, one of them made me a training wheel-type brake to make sure I never got going too fast.
I should change the motto of my blog to, “If I can do it, you can do it.”
Overall, I loved the experience so much that I added it to my Vegas magazine editor’s letter for the summer. It was great to get off the Strip and get outdoors to do something totally different. The instructors were awesome — they made sure every one of us felt comfortable every step of the way. And we learned from all of the rescues that we were in very capable hands!
Just please don’t tell the guy who made me training wheels that this wasn’t even my first time zip-lining!
Maybe it was different in Costa Rica?
If you go:
Flightlinez at Bootleg Canyon Web site: www.flightlinezbootleg.com/
Phone number: 702-293-6885
Location: 1512 Industrial Road; Boulder City, NV 89005
Check out the other Vegas bloggers I spent the day with!
This activity was provided by Flightlinez, but all opinions are my own.