Walking up to the first zip line I looked at my sister (Patti Reilly) and said “I’m not so sure I can do this”. Patti was a little worried that I wouldn’t make the jump, but after watching her take the leap first and trusting her laughter along the way my fears just dissipated. I couldn’t wait to have the tour guide tell me it was my turn to take that leap. As Rico set me up on the ropes and told me to grab on all I could do was think about letting go of every fear I had and just enjoy the ride that was awaiting me.
We had a couple people in our group that were holding things up a bit, but it’s an incredible experience to witness other people conquer their fears. We watched a woman who was so scared before, during and after each jump. At one point our guide had to get on the line with here because she was about 10 feet away from the end of the zip line. He hooked himself onto the same line as her and wrapped his legs around her waist then he pulled both of them in like a spider monkey on the line. She ended up being extremely scared after that and she didn’t want to go on, but when you’re zip lining in a mountain like this there is only one way down. By the end she finally did the longest zip line in Jamaica without a scream or whisper. Everyone in the group cheered and clapped for her success!
I would love to do this amazing adventure again and again. I never would have thought that I’d enjoy soaring across a cliff with just a few ropes and nothing underneath me but rocks and a shallow river. The whole experience was amplified by the amazing crew that led this journey, Rico and John the best guides ever!