Friday, September 23, 2011

Zip Zip and Away

My husband Steve and I just had the good fortune of being able to Zip Line at Piiholo Ranch in Maui. It was one of those life changing experiences where you push your preconceived notions about what you can and cannot do, and literally jump off a platform yelling Geronimo. We had signed up for the Zip Line both wanting to do it, but at the same time feeling nervous about actually jumping off a platform. I tried to psych myself into it by riding things at Disneyland that either had height like the Ferris Wheel, or no feet touching like the Swings. 

The ramp.

Steve coming up.

To get to the platforms you initially cross a suspension bridges or ramps,  like the one pictured above.  Only two people can be on it at a time, and they sway and bounce like something out of Indian Jones. I accused Steve of shaking the bridge and he wasn't even standing on it yet. 

My feet.

At the top is a swinging door to the platform which you don't enter until the guide, in this case Andrew attaches a safety rope to your back. Then you come through the door and he gets you set up on the Zip Line.  He has you lift your feet to test the line set up, and at the count of three you pick up your feet and fly. Your goal is a platform on the other side where two more guides are positioned and who give you hand and body signals to slow down, speed up or break.

Getting ready.

Getting hooked up.

It was hard concentrating on hand signs while your zipping over trees, and for awhile I was watching the wrong guide. Oops! The breaking system makes a pop, and you come to an abrupt stop, then your guide brings over a ladder and you climb up to unhook, and then down.

Jonathan, Kanoa and Andrew

There were nine of us in the group plus the three guides and we did four lines in all. It was very fun and not as scary as you would think. First of all the Zip Line part goes so fast that you don't have time to be scared, and the staff was funny, but also very careful so you never felt like you were in danger.  I would highly recommend this Zip Line to anyone looking for a fun adventure.

Steve and I.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Review of Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen

Lord and Lady SpyLord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen is a wonderfully sizzling action adventure with a delightful pair of characters Lord Adrian Smythe and Lady Sophia Smythe. As, you may guess the main characters are married, and from the title you might have gathered that they are involved in espionage, but all is not as it seems.

One of my favorite things about the book were the beautifully choreographed action scenes which transport the reader right into the midst of the adventure. I also enjoyed the relationship that developed between  Lord and Lady Smythe who had been married for years, but in all the ways that count were virtual strangers. Finally, I appreciated the sensitive handling of the major emotional obstacles that the Smythes faced in the story. When the story came to an end I could only hope that this would be the beginning of many Sophia and Adrian's stories.

The less you know going into Lord and Lady Spy the better so you can enjoy the story as it unfolds. I like to be surprised when I am reading a book, but what about you? Do you like spoilers or surprises?

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