Monday, June 15, 2015

Tree to Tree Adventures

I have had Tree to Tree Adventures on my bucket list for a long time. I grew up going to the Tallahassee Museum (it used to be called the Junior Museum!). A few years ago they added an awesome zip lining course that toured the whole park. It's gorgeous property and adding this course was a great way to highlight some of the 'Florida-esque' scenery. 
We have had a really busy year so far with every weekend full of something to do, so when a weekend was coming with nothing planned I didn't know what to do with myself. Naturally I made more plans-I can't help it I guess! 
We spent Saturday afternoon doing this zip lining course! Protip: If you try it, go first thing in the morning because man was it hot. It's very shady in the park but I still managed to sweat buckets. 
You start with a safety meeting and they tell you everything you need to know for your unguided tour. I suggest wearing shorts and a tee shirt for comfort. Exercise clothes would be fine too. Also wear longer shorts because the harness will rub on your legs. Oh and tennis shoes!! I banged my toe on one of the obstacles, and I think I would have broken it without good shoes.
There are 2 courses. The first includes obstacles and 2 zip lines. I am SO glad that we decided to do the full experience even though it was more expensive. The first course just left us wanting more! 
I'm not going to lie, it's challenging! I'm sore in all kinds of places. 
The second course is where you get your money's worth. It's almost all zip lining and you are way higher off the ground, which also means higher speeds! You zip over cypress swamps and animal enclosures. There is so much to see! I haven't been to the Tallahassee museum in years, so it was really cool to take Blake there. Lots of memories!! 
The blogger in me was dying because there really isn't a way to take pictures. You can't carry anything with you, because your hands are basically occupied the whole time. Next time I will bring my running arm band to keep my phone in so I can take more pictures. It's so beautiful in some places, you will want to take pics! (The museum really should offer photos...like the ones on roller coasters! They could make a ton of money. But who asked me.)
I am so not good with heights and this didn't bother me at all! I get shaky legs just being out on a balcony, so I wasn't sure how I'd handle being up 60 feet off the ground in a tree. But, you are attached to safety lines at all times by two hooks. Really all you have to worry about is dropping your gloves! 
Braking was difficult, but I got the hang of it after a few attempts. I would love to get better at judging how soon I need to slow down. They have yellow bird houses along each zip, and that is the signal to start slowing down. The problem is when you stop too soon and you have to pull yourself up to the next platform. It's not too difficult to do, but it will wear you out much faster. 
By the last obstacle, I was dying. I'm not in terrible shape, but the combination of the heat and strenuous activity was...unpleasant. When we do it again I will definitely eat more before we start and go when it's cooler. Overall though we couldn't stop saying how much fun we had and how we can't wait to do it again! 
My brother was able to take a few pictures on his phone and he even got a lovely video of me on the very last zip line when they bring you back down to the ground. I wasn't very smooth at all because I was exhausted and I was totally scared I was going to faceplant into the big pile of sand they have to slow you down! The slo-mo doesn't really help either!




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We had so much fun this weekend. In addition to zip lining we got to spend lots of time with my parents, try out a new lunch place, see some friends, and we saw Jurassic World! Which I loved by the way!! Jurassic Park is one of my all time favorite movies, so I had pretty high expectations. Usually that means you're disappointed, but I wasn't at all, I thought it was awesome! Blake is begging me for a relaxed weekend at home next weekend, so we will see if I can bare it. We do have a lot to do around the house, so maybe it is a good idea. 

Leave me a comment: Have you ever been zip lining?! What did you guys do this weekend?!

xoxo Kristen

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