But it was a blast and I would recommend it to anyone, even the most scaredy-of-scaredy-cats out there. It was (and I never, ever thought I would say this)... GREAT FUN. I LOVED IT!!!
There's a lot to be said (in the words of Susan Jeffers) for 'Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway' and an awful lot to be said for 'doing it' in the company of an Ex-Husband, a Much Younger Fiancee and a bunch of entirely fearless fourteen year-olds. Wimping out was not an option.
So, this is me attempting a graceful landing (at the end of a 100ft zip wire). I think I look pretty good. I did slam into the green buffer thingummy seconds after this photo was taken and ended up in a bit of a tangle but who cares? No one took a photo of that.
Needless to say, I'm now feeling absolutely exhausted. It's bloody tiring being brave all afternoon. So I'm off to bed. But before I go, a few pics of Ex-Husband who (as I predicted in my earlier post) was much much much more terrified than I was.
Illustration One: Ex-Husband mid-air, travelling at speed, and screaming.
Illustration Two: Ex-Husband slamming into net, and screaming.
Illustration Three: Ex-Husband showing how not to land at the end of a 100ft zip wire, and screaming.
Seconds after this photo was taken, it became apparent that Ex-Husband had, in fact, pulled a thigh muscle which required immediate and urgent intervention by the lovely Go Ape medical staff. Which also meant he didn't get a certificate for successfully completing the course, as I did.
So, hooray for me, and hooray for all the other girls who were so very, very brave today. And (to give credit where credit is due) hooray for Ex-Husband, who was brave despite his fear of heights and even braver after his idiotic and extremely painful crash-landing.
(With heartfelt and grateful thanks to Elaine for her kind explanation re. how to post and order multiple photos, a talent which had previously eluded me.)