Oh!! I have so many tales about Central America.
Today, let’s concentrate on the day I went horse riding and zip lining in Costa Rica. I will never forget that day. A lot happened in a few hours. And when I say a lot, I am referring to things I think I will never experience again.
When I arrived to Costa Rica, I didn’t have plans to zip line. Once in the town of La Fortuna, opportunities to practice this activity were everywhere. Oh well, when in Costa Rica …
The infamous day started with a surprise. The “adventure” consisted of riding a horse for a few miles, hiking thru the forest, zip lining 8 cables and riding the horse back to the starting point. There was a problem. I don’t remember booking something like this. I just wanted to zip line. Who added those horses to the equation? I was told the company we selected was totally booked for the day so the guy making the reservations just booked us with another company (without telling us).
I have told you this before. Without shame, I admit I am the biggest coward out there. I got over my horse with a bit of apprehension. I was allowed to ride at my own pace. No rush. So, I kind of enjoyed it. I even had time to pose for the camera (fake smile, of course).
I guess I relaxed because, honestly, what else can you do when you are surrounded with views like this?
In about 45 minutes, we made it to the little hut where we were fitted with all the security equipment. We also received instructions on what position to take when riding thru the line (like you are sitting in the air) and how to stop when approaching a platform. No crazy moves were allowed. And no riding with your head facing the floor either (of course, the guy who gave us the rules broke them a few seconds after the talk, he rode with his feet up).
So there I was high in a forest canopy waiting to throw my body between the trees. I watched how members of our group tackled the line one by one. They were really enjoying the moment. This cannot be so terrifying, I told to myself (did I mention I am afraid of heights).
Well, my turn arrived. In a matter of seconds, I was double strapped to the cables and went flying!!!!! All the fear turned into excitement. It felt great. In my case, it was difficult to keep the eyes open since it was raining. Believe me, you don’t want to keep your eyes wide open when you are going really fast and the rain is hitting your face like hail.
At one moment, I was not worried about moving between platforms. I stood there observing the forest. Wet, green and lush. Full of life, of sounds, of smells. All the members of the group were having a good time. We laughed, screamed and talked about our lives. It is incredible how different this part of the world felt. I didn’t want this moment to end.
It all went too fast. The next thing I know is that I was over that horse again. My mind kind of got blurred because the horse dropped me to the ground. Yes, you read right. The horse I was riding started to fight with another horse. The movement caused the chair to tilt with me over it. I ended riding the horse sideways. One of the guides ordered the horse to stop. When the horse stopped, I fell into the wet mud. I wasn’t hurt or anything but I was really scared. There was no other choice than to ride the horse again. The guide helped me to get on. I tried to stay positive and told myself to enjoy the moment. It could have been worst. I could have ended injured or over a pile of horse poop (really!!!). Note: After I fell to the ground, my horse almost slipped when crossing a river. I screamed like crazy. Since that day, I haven’t ridden a horse.
And that is how my first zip lining experience went. I encourage you to try this fun activity (no horse please). I believe this is something suitable for people of all ages and can be enjoyed by the entire family. Don’t think about it, just do it.
Have you zip lined? What you felt? Let me know in the comments section below.