ZIP LINING THE TREE TOPS OF NASHVILLE, TN | Sharon Henry
They say, ‘do one thing every day that scares you,’ but I don’t think my nerves could take it; would once a year suffice? It’s Darrin’s birthday and for a ‘treat’ he’s chosen to go zip lining. My palms sweat just at the thought. It’s a decision that’s not taken lightly, given his fear of heights and the fondness I have of my feet being firmly planted on the ground. What a bunch of wimps!
The Fontanel Ranch, Nashville
We’re in Nashville, Tennessee, which is also part of the birthday treat as Darrin’s a huge country music fan. The zip line is less than an hour outside of downtown, on the Fontanel ranch, formerly owned by country singer, Barbara Mandrell.
No one else is booked for the 9.30am slot so we have the undivided attention of Kimbro and Corelee, our guides for today. They run through the safety brief, get us harnessed and drive us into the forest where nine lines are waiting to be zipped.
Now, I realise zip lining seems tame to a lot of people and adrenaline sports like bungee jumping and parachuting is fast becoming the norm, so it’s not such a big deal for some. But it is for me. I hadn’t realised how much until it’s my turn to take flight.
My First Time Zip Lining
“You’re officially zip lining when your feet leaves the platform,” coaxes Kimbro.
I reason to myself, what’s the worst that can happen? Well actually, being stuck mid-way, slamming into a tree or the line snapping!
Taking a deep breath I step into mid-air… and fly. All too quickly I’m on the other side, face flushed that I did it. Although, that was just a baby one intended to be a warm up. The trees were a little too close for my liking but the landing wasn’t so bad. A slack on the line acts as a brake which slows momentum towards the end.
Wildlife In Fontanel Forest
The harness fits around the waist and hips and is designed to act as a seat. An attached pulley wheel is locked over the zip line. We’re told never to place our hands on the line, however, if we’re comfortable enough we can go hands free! I try but can’t seem to get my hands peeled off the harness.
The other zip lines are longer and higher. I love the feeling of flying and being high like a bird whizzing from tree to tree. It’s such a rush. But I still have to force myself to relax and absorb the beautiful forest view.
Whilst walking in the woods between zip lines, we spot the speckled body of a young deer watching us through the trees. What a bonus.
High In Nashville And Having Fun
I’m determined to get good photos of the day but operating a camera is proving too much of a distraction from keeping myself alive. It’s a multi-task I just can’t comprehend.
The birthday boy, whose fear of heights seems to have vanished, is zipping ‘no hands’ and assumes the photographer role. His smile says it all; Darrin’s having a blast and totally conquering this challenge.
Do one thing every day that scares you? This is too enjoyable to still be scared.
We zipped 230 metres of lines, 30 metres high off the Fontanel forest floor with Music City Ziplines by Adventure Works. A little hiking to each line is required but it’s not strenuous. However, a moderate level of fitness is advised as there are inclines and boulders to climb. We paid $59 each, kids (17 and under) cost $48. It was fantastic fun, completely safe and gorgeously beautiful. We’d do it again.