Ok, so the big thing is today I finally fulfilled my Amazing Race fantasy and ziplined!
I missed the sunrise this morning, it was already up up up at 8am.
Dad wanted to know what I eat for breakfast (banana didn't make this shot)
Umbrella set up for the day!
The view this morning
I was in the ocean for like 5 minutes. Too rough today.
Shoney's breakfast buffet, for lunch!
I did some outlet shopping, then hit up this fabric store on the way back. It turned out to be for quilters
Sundae at Kirk's ice cream shop, followed by Crazy Taxi.
I then had a 2 hour nap!
The clouds over the parking garage!
dinner at K&W. One employee remembered me! I remembered him too. He is a grandfatherly type who was so nice to Pete and me last year. We actually had a nice chat and he hugged me goodbye, since he is off tomorrow night. He wished me a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too. So so so nice, see you next year he said!
And then my adventure began! The zipline course is new for this year--I saw it in a brochure on Saturday. On Sunday I emailed my chiropractor and asked him what he thought. He said it might irritate my back but if he were me, he said he would do it. I checked it out. 50 feet tall, 1000 feet across the lake, somehow they stop you, then a return zip back. Strapped into a harness, then just "sit down" to be suspended from the harness, put your feet out in front of you, and the guy lets go of the rope and you're off! I signed the waiver (which states "this amusement not recommended for people with back or joint issues...er...) and then $22 later, I was at the top of the staircase. The guy asked if I was scared. I lied and said no, I'm excited. He then gave me a bottle of water and told me to bring it to the employee on the other side. This meant I couldn't hold the rope with both hands, but it was totally totally fine and not all that different from those ski-lift type rides across an amusement park--it wasn't too fast except near the end, and the area was all lit up (it's at Broadway at the Beach). I get to the other side and am supposed to walk across the platform for the return zip, but I didn't realize there were stairs there, so I sort of stumbled down them and into an employee but I think I'm ok. Gave the water to the employee who was waiting for it, and then zipped back. Then I got a sticker!!
The starting platform is on the right (the thing on the left is the ropes course, which I'm not interested in at all)
You can sort of see the zipline across the water here (the "balls" on the lake are these plastic balls for kids to roll around in for 3 minutes at a time. I have no desire to do that either)
My sticker for zipping!
I credit my mom for me not being fearful of heights. I remember going on the ski-lift chair thing at Seaside Heights and at Great Adventure when I was little. I think because she wasn't afraid of it, I wasn't either.
The Gene Simmons boot (Kiss coffee house) and the moon
Full moon over the ocean
I'm thinking of extending my trip another day or two. Let's see how I feel (physically and monetarily) tomorrow...I'm supposed to fly back on Wednesday...