My (Reluctant) Introduction to Zip-Lining

August 25, 2017

On a random Sunday night, I got a text from my boss, “Can you go zip-lining tomorrow morning?” One of the many perks of working for the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is that I get to explore attractions all over Cumberland County. Now, I am not the adrenaline-seeking kind of adventurer, and I’d declined this opportunity before. I tend to leave the daredevil stuff to my husband, who jumps out of airplanes as an Army paratrooper. Something was telling me that I’d been missing out, though, and I reluctantly agreed to go. So this is the story of how a girl with a fear of heights found herself on a ZipQuest adventure one Monday.

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Meet my ZipQuest partner, Karon Warren – world adventurer, travel writer, and owner of This Girl Travels. Zip-lining is definitely Karon’s version of fun. I want to be like Karon when I grow up.

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First stop is Ground School, where we learned the instructor’s hand code for “brake yourself before you wreck yourself,” among other crucial survival tips. Don’t let my smile fool you, though; I’m still scared.

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Please note 1) my look of concern as we approach the first platform and 2) the cute 9-year-old zipper fearlessly leading the way.

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That same fearless kid showed us all up by volunteering to zip first. Then, after a lot of reassurance from Karon and our two guides, I took the plunge. First thought? “I’m going to slam into a tree and exit this world.” Second thought? “This is a blast!”

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After that initial plunge, I grew more confident on each exhilarating flight through the trees, but no one warned me about the bridges!

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They rocked and shook and creaked, but I clung to my line and persevered. And talked Karon’s head off to distract myself.

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The views were so worth the anxiety. ZipQuest sits on 72 acres of pristine forest with an ecosystem that supports a rare variety of flora. The knowledgeable guides educated us on each tree we zipped from, plus the history of the land (a gift from King George II).

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 Yes, Cumberland County can boast a natural waterfall! Located at the intersection of Carver’s Creek and McPherson Creek, Carver’s Falls is two stories tall and 150+ feet wide. We zipped over this incredible view more than once.

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One big perk about this experience is the pictures the guides take every few minutes. If you think I was going to haul a pro’s camera on this adventure, you’re crazy. For $15, ZipQuest gives your group online access to every picture they take along the way – worth it!

zipliningAfter our three-hour adventure had ended, Karon and I were famished. ScrubOaks Contemporary American Pub is just a three-minute drive down the road (click on map), and it also happens to be a local favorite around here.

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I rewarded myself with one of the more popular items on ScrubOaks’ menu: fish ‘n chips. If I hadn’t been on the job, I would have indulged in a local brew. Alas, I settled for taste-testing their cheddar beer soup. We all need such cheesy goodness in our lives.

So the story ended well for this reluctant zip-liner with a fear of heights. Now, don’t expect me to start blogging about skydiving or mountain-climbing, but I’d go zip-lining again in a heartbeat. I’ve also scratched #25 off the All-American Adventure Trail (aka “Jenny’s Bucket-List”). We’ll see what my boss throws at me next. ‘Til then, be sure to add ZipQuest Waterfall & Treetop Adventure to your Fayetteville trip itinerary. Then treat yourself to the ScrubOaks experience. After all, life’s about living with no regrets, right?

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