Flight of the Gibbon – Day 6

by Darla on November 27, 2009

in Travels

Flight of the Gibbon is an activity that came highly recommended and a must do for visiting Thailand.  To be honest it wasn’t high  on my list of things that should be done.  Heights and I do not get along so I went with the idea that I may end up sitting in the van for several hours while my family participated in this activity.  All I can say is that much prayer went into whether or not I should participate as I didn’t want to ruin it for everyone else.  Anxiety attacks can be pretty scary for all involved – who wants to have one while up a tree.

That all aside the concept is this, you are on a zip line going through the rain forest http://www.treetopasia.com/ although this video is a better representation of what it was like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2F6W0j4Bz8&feature=related You mimic the flight of the Gibbon monkey through the different layers of the canopy.  We were making too much noise to see much wild life however observing the structure of the trees and insect activity was amazing.

This is a video of our family making the first zip tour.

All I can say is that I’m glad that Samuel was such a good sport about it.  He loved it and didn’t have further experiences while he got stuck.

Last walk bridge before the descent.

We were in a group of 8 people.  That green hose has a steel cable inside and we are connected to it at all times when not on the zip line.  I became known as Mama the tree hugger (don’t want to let go).

This was our group photo on the last platform.  You can see the guide to the right helping people descend the 100m.  The first photo of this post is Brian, Ginny and Samuel descending at the same time.  I can’t tell you how glad I was to be on the ground.  Towards the end the thought came to me that true courage isn’t acting without fear but acting in the face of your fears.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to share that lesson learned with my children.  It was a wonderful experience and I’m glad that Heavenly Father helped me as I know I couldn’t have done that alone.

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