I spent the 4th anniversary of my 28th birthday ziplining with Aerial Trek in the middle of Barbados.
My reservation was at noon and I was to find my own way there – to Jack-in-the-Box Gully. I thought it would be easy peasy, but I was wrong.
What is a gully anyway? The owner of the B&B I was staying in hadn’t heard of it (Jack-in-the-Box that is), and all the people I asked along the way only muttered, “oh, the gully? I see”. I didn’t see until the driver of the ZR (their tro-tro) that was to take me there laughed and said, “Oh no, I do not go to the gully, will drop you close there, you call the tour to pick you up from the corner”.
Well, I didn’t want to wait around and see if they would pick me up from the corner as it was almost noon so I trekked by the side of the winding rocky “road” praying that a car coming in either direction would be traveling slow enough to see me before plowing me down. Goodness, I was in the middle of wilderness. Now I saw.
I arrived at the Aerial Trek station in about 15 minutes soaking wet from my sweat. My group was all harnessed up and ready to go. They seemed to all have descended from the same cruise ship. The Aerial Trek guides took interest in me *blush* with one even exclaiming he hadn’t met a Ghanaian before. One took my camera and offered to take pictures of me Ziplining. That was really nice of him as most tourists didn’t take their cameras and the Aerial Trek photographer only takes photos during the first cable ride.
There were 7 cable rides, the longest being about 300 feet, and 8 platforms, the highest being about 250 feet above ground. That doesn’t sound high so I may have misheard for we were gliding through the dense foliage of the tree-tops. They had us strapped in at all times for our safety and I welcomed that. I won’t lie, I was a bit apprehensive and ready to be done by the last ride. But it was fun overall. I would have liked for them to point out interesting plants and animals, but if this were to be a nature lesson as well it would take longer than the advertised two hours. However one of the guides did give me a private mini nature tour *blush* and that too was much appreciated.
Afterward, I was given a ride into town so I could catch a bus back home. I had a million and one birthday wishes waiting for me mostly from FaceBook. I appreciated them all!
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