“Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s …” a middle-aged woman who is beginning to hyperventilate.
I took most of the zip lines in stride. The Monteverdo Extremo guides hooked me up with an expert touch, and I was off, zipping above the rainforest canopy in Costa Rica and picking up speed as I approached the next platform. On the longer zip lines, though, the ground gave way, and I looked down upon a valley far below. That is when I would notice my breathing change to “hee–hee–hee–hee” as I yearned to get over land again.
The final zip line was a kilometer long. With the harness set up differently, I now was laying flat under the line. I extended my arms and became Superman, flying at a faster and faster speed. I looked far and wide at the distant land below. I felt powerful and brave.
Superman, though, probably never hyperventilated.
(This YouTube video shows someone else on the Superman zip line.)
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