Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Flying into 2008

One of our guides zipping along the cable.

Coming in for a landing on one of the platforms
2008 started on a high note, literally. Early this morning we went zipping through and above the St. Lucian rainforest on lengths of cable, strapped into individual harnesses with helmets and heavy duty hooks to suspend us from the wires. This worthwhile adrenalin rush is the Rainforest Canopy Zip line Adventure. It involves a ride up into the rainforest in a cable car, then a ten minute walk into the heart of the forest (led by our guide, Kennedy) to our first take off point.

There were eleven lengths of cable for us to zip along - some higher above the ground and longer than others. Your dominant hand must grip the cable, while the non-dominant hand holds the harness in front of the body. You push off from the platform, let go and zip through the greenery to the next platform. And so on ... until all eleven platforms have been encountered. The whole experience is great, lasting about 3 - 4 hours.

I will use this exciting excursion as a metaphor for 2008:
Journeys deep into the heart of the forest = journeys deep into the heart of the self.
The towering trees and cables = new heights to be reached and enjoyed.
Letting go of the platform = leaping into the unknown and using wings.

A zippy exciting happy natural heightened trusting new year.

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Blogger Kikipotamus said...

Whee! That looks like FUN! Happy 2008 to you, my friend.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Hope said...

That looks amazing. We did something like that in my ropes course in high school, but it has been SO long!

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! Your experience in St. Lucia sounds wonderful indeed! For me, Trinidad will be a whole new experience (perhaps not as peaceful and quiet, but I've been gearing myself up for it all by telling myself that "every day is an adventure" and being grateful for the opportunity to have adventures! Your zippy rainforest thing just brought that home to me as well!

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry -- that was just me "andreamuse" that commented!

8:43 PM  

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