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Conquering Fear

I am legitimately afraid of heights when it comes to flying through the air on a contraption that is built by humankind.  Standing on a cliff overlooking a several-thousand foot drop?  That's fine.  Flying on an airplane - makes me nervous.  Being stuck on a ski lift or gondola - also not my cup of tea.  When I'm in control, I can handle it, but when I have to trust someone else to not get me killed, that's when things get a little hairy.

Sky Tram Arenal
Sky Tram Arenal (Kassandra)

Needless to say, I had never been ziplining before I went to Costa Rica.  But I knew I had to do it.  It's part of the Costa Rica experience and just because it seems patently dangerous, bordering on insane, doesn't mean I shouldn't partake in one of the best activities on offer.  So Laura and I signed up for the bigggest, baddest zipline in the country with Sky Adventures in Arenal.  First, you take this relatively benign tram up to the top of a mountain.  Then, you stand on top of a platform in the canopy.  And then, you get connected by several different carabiners to the zipline.  And then you jump to your death ... I mean, to and immense amount of fun!

Ziplining Arenal
Ziplining Arenal (Kassandra)

And it was fun!  

Ziplining Arenal
Ziplining Arenal (Kassandra)

In fact, I couldn't believe how much fun it was!  There were people of all ages in our group.  As young as 12 and as old as 75!  
Look at this guy!
Look at this guy! (Kassandra)

Check this guy out!

I ended up liking ziplining so much that we did it twice more during our trip and I've done it several times since then.  I do always get a little knot in my stomach every time I fling myself off the platform, but I think that's kinda the point! 


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