Trip Start Oct 01, 2010
Trip End Oct 01, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Michigan
Monday, September 12, 2011

I've always wanted to ride a zip line but its either been too expensive (I didn't find the value worth the experience) or fully booked. Then we stumbled upon the Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. We bought a package deal (entrance $8 + Adventure Tour $7: 40 ft wall climb, suspended bridge & zip line + discounted additional zip line rides). In the back of my mind, at that price, I thought it'd be fun as a starter zip line but there would be a good chance it'd be lame! 

We were there just before closing so we didn't get to do as much of the hikes but there were also fewer people at the park. We watched the reenactment of how an old saw mill works, got to do all the activities and a short hike. The suspended bridge was ok but the wall and the zip line were fun!! The climbing wall was great so long as you kept climbing up. Once I paused to look down (bad idea) and was surprised at how high I was. I have a slight fear of heights so continuing the climb started to freak me out yet the thought of just falling back and repelling wasn't all too comforting. I decided to keep climbing and then I froze while internally reasoning my choices. As I clung to the wall, I started getting sore and my muscles felt weaker and weaker until I finally leaned back, hoping not to come crashing down and break into a million pieces. It was the fear of losing control that bothered me but as I bounced my feet off the wall, I wanted to do it all again and again. Unfortunately we were running out of time.

We ran up the hill and clipped into the zip line. One by one, we were whisked away over a small stream. As I was approaching the landing zone I twisted backwards and instead of gliding in gracefully, I kinda did this fumbling backwards run. I loved the thrill, however minor, of semi-flying! Steve's parents had actually bought three additional rides so Chuck gave up his ride so that we could go again. So sweet!

The next day we took the Arnold Ferry over to Mackinac Island (aka Fudge Factory). We rented bikes and rode around the island. Then we jumped on the carriage ride to see more of the inner island areas and hear the narration. We had to stop at the Grand Hotel, which has the longest patio in the world. Technically, you are suppose to be a guest at the hotel to go on the patio but we made exceptions for ourselves. After we took the ferry back to Mackinaw, we bought a few Michigan brews for our own beer sampling party. 
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