Well there was definitely no rest for the Twisted this weekend as the Twisted Missus and I headed to Asheville for the weekend. We made a detour through Rutherford County so that we could stop and drop off our dogs with her mom and take her out to lunch.
We arrived in Asheville around 2 pm and went straight to the Biltmore Estate and took a tour of the Biltmore House.
After our tour of the house, we visited their gift shops and roamed through the gardens before getting back in the car and making our way over to Antler Hill Village & Winery where we took a tour of the winery and did some wine tasting.
After all was said and done, we made our way to our hotel and checked in shortly after 8 pm. We both tuckered out around 11:30 that night but both of us were wide awake shortly after 6 the following morning. We went downstairs and grabbed a modest complimentary breakfast and chilled in the room for a while before making our way to Cracker Barrel for a more substantial brunch to power us through the day.
I, for one, had a large day ahead of me as I was braving some ziplining at Navitat Canopy Adventures just outside of Asheville in Barnardsville, NC. I had spent most of the morning freaking balls since I am, like most folks, a little apprehensive about heights. However, not as much as my wife who elected to stay on the ground and entertain herself for two hours while I was on my high-flying mountainous adventure.
I had been ziplining once before but on a very short zipline that soared over a few decks on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. This, however, was far more....let's just say involved. My tour was set to start at 1:30 in the afternoon but they managed to get my group started a few minutes early so we were geared up and ready by the time we were supposed to first convene.
We loaded into a QuadVan that zipped us a mile further up the mountain on a fun, bumpy gravel road. We got out then hiked to the first of the three ziplines featured on the Blue Ridge Experience tour.
The first was the worst for me because it was the one I was the most nervous about since, well, it was the first. Each zipline was a dual racing line where two zipliners go parallel to each other 'racing' to the end of the line. I think I stayed in the third group of racers the entire time so I could watch a couple of groups do it before I took the plunge.
When my time finally came, I was locked onto my trolley then walked it down the ramp and placed my feet up on the gate hanging there until it was released and I went soaring. And once it did, all of my fears were left on the platform I had just come from as I raced towards the other platform over the wonderful lush mountainous landscape. The worst part, for me, was hitting the brake at the other side. It jolts you much like the brakes on a roller coaster so, if you're not expecting it, can be a jarring experience! However, I could not wait to get to the next zipline!
The next zipline was, by far, the longest and highest on the tour with a length of 3600 feet dangling 350 feet from the ground at the deepest point of the underlying valley. It also was the longest and harshest hike on the tour but well worth it to get the monster zipline! I am, however, thankful that it was not the first zipline considering how nervous I was going into the first one!
The last zipline took us within eyeshot of the parking lot so we basically zipped down about a mile of mountainous terrain on our tour! I had an amazing time and I cannot wait to do it again! Next time I may have to take the Ultimate tour which combines the Blue Ridge Experience and the Moody Cove Adventure! I will have to figure out what to do with the Twisted Missus since she is in the 'no-fly zone'!