The sun woke us up around 7 in the morning. We must’ve fallen asleep around 10-ish and I felt pretty good in the morning, ready for some fun! We got organized and had breakfast at a cute little cafe on the indoor balcony of a bookstore. We knew we wanted to experience zip-lining through the Monte Verde Cloud Forest, so we joined a morning tour (zip lining here is called Canopy Tours).
They drove us up to another section of the mountain, suited us up and after a brief tutorial, we were ready to go!
It was so beautiful in the rain forest.
Our guides made sure we knew how to break so we wouldn’t slam into the trees at the end of the platform; and whatever you do remember not to ever put your hands in front of the zip, only behind it if you want to keep your fingers!!!!!
There were some kids in our group that looked about 7 or 8 years old. We thought, if they can do this, we can too! Of course, the guides took them down the lines tandem to keep them safe — but still! They were like 7 years old!!!!
They hooked us up to the zip line, of course the first one is the scariest because they just send you flying off into the rain forest hooked up to the line by yourself.
Here are Melissa and Laverne taking off for their first zip:
As important as it was to learn how to break, it was just as important not to break too much, otherwise you lose momentum and you have to get rescued:
There were about 11 or so zip lines through the rain forest. We were just jumping from tree to tree!
We also did some hiking. At one point, we came this section where they had a unique contraption called the Tarzan Swing.
It was AMAZING! Now here’s one of the other cool things about our group — Not only were there little kids zipping all over the place, there were also seniors doing this adventure tour! The guy jumping off the tarzan swing in this video is an 84-year-old guy in our group named Noel (pronounced Nole).
I wanted to shoot video while zipping. The guides told me it was too dangerous to do it while I was zipping alone, so one of the guides — Emil — told me if I wanted to film the zip, he would ride tandem with me. Here were are on our final two zip lines, headed toward the finish line!
We made some new friends on the zip tour, a brother and sister pair from Kansas City, Missouri — Johnny and Tiffany.
Back in town, Laverne picked up a friend. She’s becoming kind of attached to the stray dogs that follow us around.
Then a snack at the “soda” which is what they call the taco stands in Costa Rica, and we’re off to our next adventure!