Monday, July 12, 2010

Zipline vs Card Making -- What I've Been Up To Lately

It's been over a week since I made a card!  Aaurrgh!  Withdrawals!  However, I do have good excuses :-)

Toward the end of June an exchange on Facebook with a friend, who also happens to be a craft blog buddy, led to a meeting in person ---- and a gentle "dare" to ride a zip line.  Nancy of Windstar Creations, herself a talented crafter, described her experiences ziplining.  In my zeal to promote Branson, I commented about our new zipline attractions.  Nancy came back with a "wild idea".  It just so happens that Branson is along the route she would take to drive her daughter back to college, so how about a visit and a zip ride?  I was so excited at the prospect of meeting this sweet lady and her amazing daughter in person!  Then, "gulp", a zip ride?  Ok, Barb, where's your spine?  

Well, we set it all up and I was thrilled to welcome Nancy and Shelbie to our home.  Some quick research into buying the tickets to the Vigilante Zip Ride attraction at Shepherd of the Hills in Branson, and off we went.  Yup, I was a "bit" nervous.  One doesn't have the panic disorder and not get a little squeamish about launching off a 230 foot tower on a wire!  But.......................


Here are some pics my hubby took from the tower.  Left to right:  me, Nancy, a brave young lad, and Shelbie.

Nancy somehow gained speed and beat us all to the bottom.  The ride takes about a minute.
At the bottom we are stopped by giant springs and the quick stop is a bit like the tailhook on a jet landing on an aircraft carrier.

Shelbie took a video of the ride which can be seen on our Facebooks.  We had a great time and continued our day with lunch and a drive around Table Rock Lake.  Nancy and Shelbie stayed an additional night, taking off early the next morning to continue their journey.  I miss them and can't wait till we get together again.

So, if you are in the Branson area, check out the Vigilante.  I dare ya!  The Vigilante is a bit tamer than the other zip lines in the area, but a good jumping off point, so to speak. 

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1 comment:

Nancy said...

Those are great pix, and we had such a wonderful time! It was such a pleasure meeting you and spending time with you and Jerry. I definitely look forward to seeing you again! You are most welcome here in San Antonio!!
Hugs to you both!