A Memory to last a lifetime ! Yep, zip lining through the redwoods at night with a giant elf and seven of my friends qualifies as a memory to last a lifetime! Screaming, crazy laughing, flying like a rocket man (Cole!) , and hugging trees(Caroline!) are things I will fondly remember! Our Twilight Twinkle Tour was a successful adventure full of much screaming (ME!), lots of laughing(everyone) and a bit of overcoming fears of heights(I won’t mention any names(Caroline)) ! The Santa Cruz mountains was a fabulous backdrop for a holiday gathering and we couldn’t have chosen a better night for such an adventure!
The stars were out, it was clear and not terribly cold (Liz will disagree on this point , she was freezing😢!). I really enjoyed being up in the canopy of the giant Redwoods and zipping along between the trees ! There were six zips eight platforms and two rope bridges . The highest zip line was 150 feet up. I must give our guides a lot of credit for maintaining their professionalism in spite of the silly elf costumes they were wearing for the holiday spirit! I’m not sure where they found an Elf costume to fit a guy who is about 6’2″ 260ish pounds??? We dubbed him ,”BIG ELF!”. The funny thing was that in the disclaimers and rules it said the maximum weight to be aloud to participate was 250lb!!! Hmmmm! He defanatly exceeded that wieght limit, Oh well!! Doing the zip line at night added an element of excitement but I must say I think I would much prefer to do it in the daylight ( Caroline would surly disagree on this point as the darkness gave her comfort by blinding her to the extreme height she was terrified of!) so I could gaze upon those majestic trees who so generously hosted all us humans on the platforms supported by their enormous trunks. By the time we reached the second of six platforms the forest was pitch black and we couldn’t admire the magnificence of the redwood forest . Although, looking up beyond the trees we could admire the clear view of all the stars! It was a clear night for star gazing while zipping through the trees!
Having done zip lining outside the U.S., we noticed there were a lot more safety guidelines and signing of paperwork releasing them from responsibility in case of any harm or injury. In Panama we didn’t even understand a word the guides were saying so we pretty much just smiled, nodded our heads a lot and then held on for dear life as we zipped along , soaking up the beauty of the rain forest ! If they told us they weren’t responsible for our demise,( should our cable snap sending us plummeting down through the trees), we were completely, joyfully ignorant! Elisabeth and Jesse were recently visiting Thialand and they told us the guides they had simply instructed them to, “HOLD ON,”, and off they went! They didn’t even get any instruction about how to stop! I must say, it is pretty handy to know the proper way to stop yourself when your zipping along really fast towards the massive trunks of the redwood trees! Those big strong trees would be effective breaks but not especially kind to our fragile human bones! CRUNCH! ✨😲. Yes, we all appreciated our very kind, knowledgable , friendly “Elf” guides who kept us mere mortals safe on our journey through the magical ✨ Twilight Twinkle Tour✨ !! Much Fun was had by all!