Ready to fly?
Then it’s time to take a visit to Navitat Canopy Adventures in Wrightwood. This 3.5 hour tour will take you hundreds of feet in the air, where you’ll find yourself zip lining ten times, going over four sky bridges, rappelling down ropes three times, and enjoying innumerable breath-taking views of nature’s most majestic scenery.
March 31st marks the beginning of this unique tour’s second season here in California, which will run until sometime in November 2012.
However, now that Spring Break has arrived, there’s no reason to put off the excitement.
Think of the Navitat experience as an amusement park in the forest, filled with exceptional thrills, plus a bit of environmental pomp and enlightenment.
If you’re a fan of roller coasters, zip lining is right up your alley. At times, reaching speeds of nearly 50 m.p.h., there’s a newfound sense of freedom, minus those noisy coaster tracks. Safe and secure in your harness, helmet, and protective gloves, when it’s your turn, your guide fastens your lanyards to a “trolley” that is then locked onto the cable of the outgoing zip line. Suddenly, it’s time to step off the sturdy tree platform and ride into bliss.
As your endorphins rapidly multiply, the accompanying exhilaration is inescapable.
From every angle the view is spectacular; if you catch a glimpse of your shadow below, feel free to do what blogger Will Campbell likes to do–wave enthusiastically.
For thrill-seekers, this is paradise.
Afraid you’ll be fearful?
Here’s a bit of advice: Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Fear, and the accompanying physiological changes it brings to our bodies, (such as an elevated heart-beat and that knot-like feeling in the pit of your stomach), is a natural and self-preserving emotion. However, the accompanying thrill of your escapade, plus the self-confidence that you are sure to build, far outweigh that transient uncomfortableness that may (or may not) intrude on your mood.
If you’re like most people, by the end of the tour, you’ll be sad that it’s over.
Credit goes in part to Navitat’s canopy guides who undergo a rigorous training curriculum that includes certification in First Aid, CPR, and AED use. With the patience and encouragement of guides like Joe and Lexie, it doesn’t take long to build up trust with them and discover one’s own inner courageousness.
What’s more, a behind-the-scenes peek at Navitat will probably also prove reassuring.
The zip line tour was designed and built by Bonsai Design, Incorporated, a canopy tour installer that was started in 1992, by company president John Walker. A safety proponent in the industry, in 2008, Walker co-chaired a committee of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) that developed international standards for the design, installation, and operation of canopy tours. In accordance with ACCT standards, the Wrightwood facility is inspected daily before the first tour begins. In addition, more thorough inspections are slated in the event that windstorms, lightening, or other natural occurrences deem them necessary.
With much fanfare, Navitat’s first location, Navitat Ashville, opened in the Blue Ridge Mountains, north of Asheville, North Carolina, back in May 2010. Navitat Wrightwood opened to the public in July of last year. If all goes as planned, additional locations, throughout the country, are soon to follow.
Intent on remaining environmentally friendly, Navitat also promotes a message of stewardship to all their patrons promulgating respect for our environment. As well, guides are eager to share their knowledge about nature.
Yet fun remains at the heart of this adventure, at the end of which you might just be singing: “My, oh my, what a wonderful day!”
(Navitat Canopy Adventures Wrightwood is located at 6047 Park Drive in Wrightwood California 92397. Call 760-249-9990 for additional information. Click here to make a reservation.)