Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Zipping on Down the Line, Literally!

While on our awesome vacation to Alaska this summer, one of the stops on the cruise was to Icy Strait Point in Hoonah.  I loved that all the shops there were Alaskan owned and operated.  The soaps in the soap shop smelled amazing, I wanted to buy every one!

We got to see more totem poles, I really liked this one.

One of the other things we saw was this zip line station waaaay up the mountain.

There was a waiting area at the bottom, where I was taking pictures of the people coming down and they looked like they were having fun!

So even before the beer started, Kelly started having us "placing bets" on which rider would come down first.  Six come down at a time and we were there a while!
It looked like so much fun, five of us decided to go! 

After about a 1/2 hour ride to the top, and after being told to walk about five minutes down the dirt road (watch out for bears!), this is what it looked like once we got up there.

FYI, it's about 5,330 feet long, about a 1,300 foot vertical drop, 60+ mph speed, 300 feet highest point from the ground and a 1.5 minutes ride of your life!  Ready?  Now let's go have some fun!

This is what we saw looking down.  I don't know what's worse, not knowing what's down there or seeing how high you are.  Don't forget, I DON'T LIKE HEIGHTS! 

The gmen ready to go...

This is supposedly a camera crew from the Travel Channel.  They said something would be aired this month, but I haven't found anything yet. 

Getting strapped in.

What we looked like from the bottom, just coming out of the clouds.

There we go!!!

Lucky me, I came in first.

Now I would love to say I have a video of my trip down, but because I chose to wear the stupid goggles so I wouldn't lose my glasses, I didn't push the button properly to record it!  Oh well, I guess that means we'll just have to go back.

This is a blurry picture from our trip down, Meghan had her phone a rolling!  Coming out of the clouds was so cool, everything just appeared right in front of you.  That's our ship on the left.

For someone who doesn't like heights, I've been on a zip twice and I'm ready for my next trip!  I know there are zip line places near us, there just might be an afternoon of fun coming up soon.  Or maybe I should just take another balloon ride?


Linda said...

Looks and sounds like you had a great time Astrid. You wouldn't catch me on one of those.


Kaisievic said...

That looks like amazing fun, Astrid. Way to go, girl!

cucki said...

Wow so much fun :)
Huge hugs x

DJ said...

You've almost convinced me to try one...almost. LOL Looks like you all had a blast! *Hugs*

Julie said...

Wow! Exciting or what!

Mii Stitch said...

Oooh would love to have done this!!! Looks like you all had a great time!!

Friendship Crossing said...

Oh my gosh! That looks amazing! I would love to try it one day! So fun!