One of our favorite things to do as grownups is ziplining, and we’ve always said that when the kids were old enough we’d get them started too. Well, they are, so we did.
This is part of our 100 Things in 2017 challenge. Here’s the full list. Click on the photos for a closer look!
It actually took a bit of searching to find a zipline that would accommodate a person of Lucy’s stature – most of them have a minimum weight of 90 pounds, and she’s somewhere around 70. Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour is what we found, and it’s perfect. It’s a 40-minute drive from our house, it’s not crowded, the prices are totally reasonable, and their canopy tour is the perfect amount of comfortable and thrilling. Lucy loved it.
It was harder to find a good zipline tour for Will. While he just recently hit the 90-pound mark, the nearest tour that would allow an 11-year-old to go was at Angel Fire Ski Resort, a 2-hour drive from our lodgings in Santa Fe. We made the drive (with the help of an audiobook we recorded ourselves), rode the chairlift to the very top, put on our gear, panted heavily whenever we had to walk (the elevation is around 10,000 feet!), and had an amazing time.
Oh, did I say Will was 90 pounds? Turns out he weighed in at 89½. He had to guzzle a bottle of water to make the cut, and he had to take a bathroom break halfway through the tour. Worth it.
Both kids looooooved their first zip line experiences, so we expect this will become a recurring theme whenever we travel with them. Prepare yourselves for more photos of us in harnesses!