This year my girlfriend Simone and I decided that we were going to celebrate Valentines days a little bit differently then we have in the past. We decided that we were going to go up to the North Shore of Kauai and try out the zipline at the Princeville Ranch.
When we arrived at the Princeville Ranch Adventures headquarters our very friendly guides greeted us and outfitted us with our harnesses. After we were all geared up, we boarded their 6 wheeled military transport vehicle. The guides got in and started up the motor and we began our journey across the ranch to the beginning of the zip line course.
They had their operation set up so it was as safe as possible. One of the guides would clip you into the zipline at the top. After you were fully attached, you would ride down and then be unclipped by the other guide. Most of the ziplines on the course were single zips, except for the final zipline. The final line was called "King Kong", and consisted of two zips that ran parallel to each other. This design allowed the riders to race each other on the way down.
As Simone and I made our way up the stairs to the beginning of "King Kong" I remember thinking about how I should almost give her a head start because I weigh so much more then she does. Then, when the guide was clipping me in she said:
For some reason I totally discarded her advice. While Simone made her body into the smallest cannon ball she could, I tried to lean back and make my body as pointed as I could (like an arrow). My theory was a total failure because right as we started Simone sped off in front of me with her little cannonball and left me in the dust making my stupid arrow. I figure it was what I deserved for not listening to the professional zipliners advice.
At the end of the day we were a little more tired then I thought we would be. I think it had more to do with just being in the sun for most of the afternoon then from any sort of workout got from walking between the lines. The trip ended in the middle of the afternoon and we were left with plenty of time to be able to enjoy the sunset from Hanalei before we went to dinner.
When I woke up this morning and looked out the window, I couldn't help but smile when I saw that it was an absolutely classic sunny Hawaiian day outside.
Before we even got to the ranch I knew that we were in for a special experience. The ride that we had scheduled for the day was at Silver Falls Ranch, which is located deep in the jungle, on the north side of Kauai.
Today we did something very unique, that I have never done before in the Hawaiian Islands (or anywhere else for that matter). We went fishing for Peacock Bass.
Today we did something that I've wanted to do for a while, we went on the "Movie Tour" with Polynesian Adventure Tours. The movie tours' concept is simple, they have a TV screen in the bus that plays a movie they edited together.
Throughout my life I have had many opportunities to experience helicopter flights around Hawaii. I have been on helicopters on all of the major islands, so I feel that I can legitimately say that the flights on Kauai pack more into them then they do anywhere else in Hawaii.
Today I got to take my Mom to see something very special. In the 1400+ years that the Hawaiian Islands have been inhabited by humans, an amazingly rich culture has developed here.
Yesterday we took advantage of the flat summer ocean conditions on the North and West sides of Kauai and scheduled a trip up the Napali Coast with Captain Chris and the Napali Riders.
I remember for my 12th birthday, the only thing I wanted to do was get certified to go SCUBA Diving (12 is the minimum age you can be to get certified).
Today we did one of my favorite activities in the state, a helicopter trip around Kauai. Kauai is one of the most amazing places to do a helicopter ride on the planet.
Are you a fiend for adrenaline? If so don't feel bad, I am too. In my younger years I used to compete in mountain biking and worked at a snowboard mountain during college, mainly shaping the terrain park so you could say that I know how it feels to want to do things a little more on the edge then the rest of the crowd.
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