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Ziplines!

For some reason, Jen & I decided to spend the Saturday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend up in Lake Geneva Wisconsin at the Lake Geneva Canopy tours zipline course flying through the trees on a wire.

A few years ago I really wanted to go ziplining in Vancouver up on Grouse Mountain during my Blackhawk hockey weekend in Canada, but unfortunately I didn’t get the chance. I heard they had a zipline set up over Fremont Street in Las Vegas, which would be fun too (not sure if that’s still up there any more). Lake Geneva may not be Vancouver or Vegas, but it was still a fun trip.

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After you check in, they take you up into the woods and give a brief instructional demonstration on how to ride on the ziplines, break with your hands, and climb back on the wire should you stop short of the other side of the zipline.

All told I think there were about eight ziplines. They started out short and low to the ground, and gradually got higher and longer. Throw in some wobbly suspension bridges and spiral staircases here and there, and it was a nice trip through the trees.

If I had one problem with the course, it was that you had to pay attention to when you needed to start breaking on the line to slow down. The guide would give us a signal when we should start to slow down, so you had to keep an eye on him, which took away from doing too much sightseeing along the way.

The best part was the final zipline, dual racing lines at the end of the course. Started pretty high off the ground in a man-made structure, and once you were harnessed in you had to take a running leap to get going off the platform (awesome!). By far the longest and fastest of all the ziplines on the course, and this zipline had a breaking system so you could take in all the sights along the way without having to worry about slowing down and breaking on your own. Evidently you can skip the rest of the course and just buy a few racing zips. I’d go back just for those alone!

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