I said to myself, "What about one of those eco-adventure trips?" It was something that the monkey-man had talked about often; but, seriously, I hadn't really considered it too much only because I didn't know the cost. If you know me at all, then you know that I like to hang on to my coin.... it's a good thing.... and a bad thing too. But, for some reason, I felt like I just had to do it (it may, or may not, have had something to do with the fact that I wanted the gift just as much.... just sayin'). Aaaanyway, I was relentless in my search for the right package.... and I say that like it took me weeks - when really, it took me two days.... hey, what can I say, I'm efficient (eyes rolling at myself).
Well, I finally got around to booking the weekend. It was to happen the day before our actual anniversary; unfortunately, life sometimes takes over and plans had to change. Now, I'm a roll-with-it-kinda-girl, so this little bump in the road didn't affect me whatsoever.... Mr. Monkey, on the other hand, was very, very annoyed.... of course, he was the one who had to work on our anniversary weekend - totally understand his frustration.
I found the perfect little bed and breakfast, 21 North, that was hosted by a retired architect/chef named Jean-Claude. He offers 3 beautifully decorated and spotless rooms, all with private baths.... a definite must in my books as far as B&B's go.
As told by our very knowledgeable tour guides, this suspension bridge was built in the middle of a very cold and harsh semi-northern Ontario winter. Stipulations were that the forest floor not be disturbed whatsoever other than to place the footings of the suspension posts. This meant that no heavy equipment or machinery could be trucked through to the places where they were needed. Essentially, everything had to be put into place using a huge crane, pulley systems and good ol' manpower.... did I mention that the weather was frigid? Imagine, you're at the top of a mountain, stringing cable and slugging 3" thick wood planks from British Columbia in below zero temperatures.... not really a job that I'd like to do :P
From the last tree-top platform, we hooked up for our first of two zip lines. This one was between trees and only ran a 330ft. span.... in all, it lasted less than 10 seconds; but, it was less than 10 seconds of TOTAL exhilaration! Check me out here....
What a rush! I couldn't wait to get to the next one which was 1000ft long and off the side of the escarpment. I was originally going to film myself on the ride down, then quickly decided against it for fear of losing my camera.... that would really, really suck! Anyhow, I took a couple of pictures at the top of the 1000ft zip....
"Caution: When falling, be aware that your head will become dislodged from your body." At least, that's what I get from this picture.... Too funny!
I hope you all get to experience the feeling of doing something so inspiring, exciting and daredevil-ish.... The only problem now is trying to top it!
Have a great night folks ;)