Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger...and whatever scares the beejeezers out of you makes you braver. At least that's my take on things. I like to shake things up once in a while, so I booked the zip-lining tour here in St. Lucia. With the memories of our first ever zip-lining adventure in Catalina Island, California still fresh in my mind, we headed off. Let me just say this, the tour we did in Catalina back in 2012 was not a "ship sanctioned" one. I found it on the internet, it had good reviews and we booked it on our own. There were only 5 zip-lines, but man, oh man, they were high. And one was over 1100 feet long. To say it was one of the scariest things I ever did is an understatement. In fact, when the bus transported us from the bottom of the hill to the top where we would start our adventure, I was very tempted to just stay on board and take it right back down again, we were that high up in the mountains. But, my fear was surpassed by my cheapness, so off I went. Even today, whenever I hear the phrase "step off", I almost break out in a cold sweat, because in that excursion you had to take a very large step off the platform into nothingness. I swore that day that I'd never zip-line again. Fast forward to today!
To say we were a little apprehensive was an understatement
As per usual on these Caribbean islands, there was an hour long ride in what can only be described as a death trap, on narrow and twisty roads. Could the excursion be any scarier than that? I thought not.
We arrived at the Treetop Adventure Park, signed the necessary waiver absolving the company of any and all blame for incidents causing death or dismemberment, and then met up with our personal guide. Keenan was our man...more like a boy than a man, really, but helpful, and, well, "keen". His father lives in Pickering, Ontario, so we were practically homies!
This park has 12 zip-lines with the longest being 800 feet, and the highest 150 feet
The Fuss Budget was a bit elevated today...in the 40% range. It started with our meal tonight in the dining room. Last night we skipped out early, before dessert, because the service was a bit slow. No fault of our servers Alvin and Mark. It was just because most people in our section sort of strolled in late. We were, of course, early. So Alvin was working hard all night trying to juggle everyone being at different courses. We just took a look at the dessert menu, didn't see anything appealing, so skipped out. No harm, no foul. Who knew!!! We were basically met with the cold shoulder tonight from Alvin
And if that wasn't enough...it was back to the elevator shenanigans again this evening. I was coming up from deck 6 to deck 11 after having been to the casino to cash in my chips. I made the mistake of going to the large elevator bank at midship. There were several people milling about, as per usual. With 8 elevators, the waiting area is quite large. When the elevator doors opened up at one of the cars near to me, a woman from way over the other side started barrelling towards the open doors. She almost plowed over a couple of blue hairs who, typically, couldn't decide if they were going up or down
I think it's time for me to leave...
On the shore of this uncharted desert isle
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia