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.
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!
And it was fun!
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!
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!