This was a tough one for me. I love speed…as long as I am the one driving. Maybe it’s a control thing. Heights on the other hand…not a big fan. You’d think I would have conquered the fear by now after climbing to the tallest steel lighthouse in a raging gale. But the knee shaking, palms sweating, heart racing all came back in full force after just 2 of the 7 zip lines at Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures.
The toughest part was making the decision to quit in front of my kids. As parents we are supposed to set the example. Shouldn’t we always show them that it is possible to conquer your fears? All it takes is courage, you know? I had so many conversations with myself in my head before I actually voiced them out loud.
What concerned me is how awful I felt after 2 “low and slow” lines. I was literally gritting my teeth and dreading the next line with a sick feeling in my stomach. That’s not cool. What am I teaching my kids if I am forcing myself to enjoy something just because other people expect me to? They were having a blast and I felt like I was ruining it for them. So, after the 2nd line, I chose to walk back to the equipment area.
I must admit that I wondered how the staff would respond to me turning around but they were complete and utter professionals. They helped me out of my gear without passing any comment and they were super kind and helpful. I gladly purchased the memory stick so that I could see what I missed out on and, after looking at the pictures, I was reassured that I made the right decision.
Ziplining isn’t for everyone. But you know what? After the experience I had, I may be willing to try again in the future. This zip line boasts an advanced braking system which means you never have to feel the friction burn of stopping yourself with your glove and the views that I missed out on, might make every heart racing moment, worthwhile.
Disclaimer: We were hosted by Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures but weren’t expected to write a blog post. All words and pictures are our own.