Suspended on 840 meters of wire at 4,500 above sea level, with nothing to hang on to except dear life, I rediscovered how to pray and called on all the angels and saints, even ancient gods and goddesses of the Vikings! I wanted to back out, but before I knew it I was being strapped and hung like washing, ready for launch in plank position on the longest zipline in Asia. What was I thinking? At 42 with 2 teen-age kids and my own company to run, insurance, future…none of those! I was thinking what if the bloody thing stops in the middle and I get stuck? That would be embarrassing, like the time I got stuck in one of those enclosed water slides, but that’s another story.
Everything happened so quickly but my life was flashing before me in slow motion as I waited to be released. This was our first stop in a week-long Mindanao adventure which included scuba diving, trekking, firefly watching in mangrove forest, white water rafting and dolphin interaction. We took the first flight from Manila to Cagayan de Oro, got picked up from the airport at 7:30am, and traveled approximately 2 hours through towns and a huge pineapple plantation.
The zipline is located in Dahilayan Adventure Park in the province of Bukidnon and regarded as the longest zipline in Asia. We purposely didn’t have a big breakfast to avert the release of puke bombs while traversing the length of the zipline at 30-60 kilometers per hour.
Then I heard the countdown…3…2…1…and I was released! It was exhilarating! Okay, I must admit I screamed like a school girl when I was launched but this was soon replaced by howls of achievement as I gathered the testosterone, hoping my companions would forget how I sounded earlier.
Within 2 seconds of being propelled I felt like superman. I was flying and it felt so good! I could see my shadow from the ground below and I was reminded of how I wanted to become Peter Pan, those green tights are a delight to wear. I remembered a scene in a spy movie on how to influence speed and started to experiment on the principle. I spread my arms and I slowed down, I put my arms flat to my sides and I sped up, so it is true.
In less than 2 minutes I could see the landing, I spread my arms to slow down, not wanting the experience to end, the freedom, the excitement, the youth, but it was inevitable. The ride had to end but the experience and memory of the rush and what seemed to be eternal seconds of being transformed back 20 years in time of how simple it was, my super heroes, and episodes of my favorite spy movies will remain in my spirit forever.Published in