Brake, brake, brake!!!!

Trip Start Oct 2007
Trip End Nov 2007

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

    If you are looking for big adventure in Monteverde, then zip lines are the way to go.  Our host, Ronnie, booked us a canopy tour through 100% Adventura, and they guarantee total satisfaction.  For $25 per person we were picked up in front of our Sleepers Hostel, and whisked up the hills of Monteverde.  The roads were pretty bone-shattering, so we were relieved to reach the reception office.  After reading over a waiver form that would raise more than a few eyebrows back home [Jay signed his life away without so much as a glance], we met up with the other half of our group, two Americans!  Joey [from California]  and Jen [from Greensboro] were on an extended weekend vacation.  We were quickly suited up with harnesses, helmets, and specially padded work gloves, then given a quick demonstration from our fearless leaders, Dennis and Carlos.  Its here that we found out what the gloves were for.  We would be responsible for braking as we reached the end of each zip line!  As crazy as it seemed, Dennis guaranteed it would be okay as long as we didn't grab the zip line [which would rip your arm off], put your hand in front of the metal housing the harness dangles from [which would slice your fingers clean off], or brake too soon [cause nobody wants to be dangling in midair 200 feet from the ground.  If you've seen the movie Cliffhanger, you know what I mean].
    There really is no way to describe the thrill of flying through the rainforest.  We went through several zip lines of various heights and lengths.  It was too much fun!  This particular company also has two suspended bridges, a rappel portion [with its very own surprise] and a Tarzan Swing that was out-of-control!!!
     The phrase of the day was "Mujer Primera", or Ladies First.  As brave as I would like to pretend to be, I almost sh*t my pants a few times.  It was like being a practice dummy, or being the one who sets off all the booby traps, or just being a sucker.  Yeah, kinda like that.  I felt like Indiana Jones as we crossed over the suspended bridges.  Of course, the guys took it upon themselves to violently rock the bridge, and make it sway, nearly making me fall off.  I was harnessed to a safety line, but still.  Jerks.  I think Joey was just as scared, if not more, [sorry Joey, but I gotta be honest!] than I was.  All in all, it was a great way to spend our last day in Monteverde. 

Who loves zip lines?
    Jay and JoAnn
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