AUSTIN — This Daybreak adventure is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
If you want to fly like a bird but you are not about to jump out of a plane, ziplining is a fun and safe alternative.
We hooked up with Lake Travis Zipline Adventures in Volente for a little outdoor fun.
"It's the perceived extreme. It is not really extreme but you feel like its extreme," said Jay Birchard, with Lake Travis Zipline Adventures.
Our day started off on a pontoon boat where we headed to higher ground.
An exciting tour with Lake Travis Zipline offers five ziplines. We skipped past one and two and headed straight to the "Leap of Faith": a 1,800 footer over the water.
As we suited up with our trusty guide, Rachel, reality set in. Half of the group was pumped and ready to soar, while the rest of us were having second thoughts.
Birchard offered some encouragement: "I don't want you to freeze up and really hate the ride. I want you to take in the views, look at the drone, enjoy it," he said.
It really is a mental game. When I made it to the other side, I radioed in to offer some encouragement to the others.
"Hey, guys I promise you it really wasn't that bad. The first three seconds I was scared, and then it was graceful and peaceful," I said.
The next line was the "Line of Majesty"-- it is 1,600 feet long over a cove and offers beautiful views. By the second line, everyone was feeling more confident.
The final zipline carried riders above Lake Travis for a little more than half a mile -- about 2,800 feet -- at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. And remember, you got to go up to come down.
"We are going to hike up 22 stories to the double barrel shotgun," Birchard added.
Hiking uphill in all of our gear was by far the toughest part.
But in the end, this adventure was all about letting loose, facing your fears and having a zipping good time.
By the way, you don't need a reservation to zipline but spots fill up quickly.
You have to weigh a minimum of 70 pounds and a max of 250.
Groups usually go out in teams of 12, and the adventures last about three hours.
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