Alright. Let’s get back to writing. The past few weeks of my sparse posts don’t matter. Let’s just see if I can write today and go from there, okay?
Yesterday was my wife’s birthday. Us and two of our friends took off work and had some fun.
We started out in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. It’s been a really long time since I’ve been there. I was probably 8(?) last time I went so my memory of it is very vague. Our journey began at River Riders. River Riders is an outdoor adventure park. They have a rope course, a zipline course, river adventures, and other miscellaneous outdoor fun events.
I choose for us to do the Megazip and Quick Jump which ran about $25 a person. We started with the Quick Jump which is about a 40-50 foot fall. All you do is walk off this wooden ledge, free fall for a second or two then the line catches you and lowers you to the ground. It maybe takes 4-5 seconds total max. When you’re standing there on the ledge it’s pretty darn scary. It goes against millions of years of evolution to convince yourself it’s okay to walk off this ledge.
I decided to go first in order to “get it over with.” As someone who gets motion sickness very easily I was just as afraid I’d get sick as I was about making the actual jump. I was out of my miracle prescription patches so it was Seabands and some organic anti-motion sickness tablets from Whole Foods. They did the trick though and I felt as close to fine I think one could.
After we all jumped and survived we changed harnesses and walked back up to the top of the tower. It’s now time for ziplining.
I’ve only ziplined one other time. That was in Korea onto Nami Island. That zipline was at least 3x as long, faster, over water and in a foreign country. So this one should be a piece of cake, right?
Hypothetically yes. However there was one notable difference. Instead of sitting up in a seat and ziplining, at River Riders there’s an option to rider it “Superman style.” TBH I had no idea I actually had a choice between seated and Superman style. If they would have told me I would 100% have done the seated option. But once I found out I was already dangling waiting from them to push me and my wife off the ledge and down the wire.
The main noticeable difference between Korea and River Riders was the initial first 1-3 seconds. In Korea it felt like you dropped 10-15 feet before the zipline really took hold and gradually declined. With River Riders there was next to no drop (which I’m thankful for) and it was a fairly steady decline the entire way. About halfway in my stomach did drop a little but I held it together and was fine. At the very end of the zipline the braking system was a bit rough as you come in “real hot” to the platform. All in all, it was a huge adrenaline rush and well worth the $25.
After River Riders we headed to downtown Harpers Ferry (if you can even call it a downtown). The parking situation was confusing, confirming everything I read online. There’s a small out near downtown with an on your honor $10 parking fee but it’s about a 3/4 mile walk back into the edge of town. After pulling the old man on the hill card, I drove us to the “real” parking lot which is a few miles away. That also was $10 but there’s a shuttle.
The shuttle has one stop then takes you into town. It maybe takes 15 minutes? The stop is pretty pointless as going into town should take less than 5 minutes but hey, I’m not going to sweat it (even though the bus driver was rude).
We grabbed lunch at Bistro 1840. The food was excellent. From my online research it looked like the best place to eat downtown and it didn’t disappoint. The table ordered deviled eggs and calamari and I had a steak and bleu cheese salad.
While we were at the restaurant it began to rain. And not just any rain. It was a straight up downpour. It looked like it was going to rain for the next several hours so instead of exploring downtown a bit we decided a winery was a much better option for us. During a break in the rain we made out escape back to the shuttle pickup. We were almost there when the sky opened up and began monsooning again. Soaking wet we made it back to our cars and started the trek to nearby Breaux Vineyards.
We fought through the rain down Route 671 and arrived at Breaux. After dropping the group as close to the tasting room as I could I made my mad dash through the parking lot. By the time I reached the door my right shoe was untied, both shoes and socked soaked through as well as my shirt and shorts. Wet from head to toe we had a wine tasting of 6 wines and got a bottle of red for the table.
The rain stopped. Our clothes somewhat dried. A few miles down the road is Hillsborough Vineyards. No tasting this time — we went straight for a bottle of red. With my friends feeling good and me, the DD, exhausted I drove us back home.
Ziplining. Good food. Wine. Friends. All on a Monday. I don’t mind that at all.