Day 6 – Ziplining in Juneau, AK

Today was my daughter’s 13th birthday. She and my wife tried ziplining in Belize and loved it. An attempt on another vacation was cancelled due to fog. My daughter was intent on  ziplining on her birthday.

The first part of our excursion was a drive to Mendenhall Glacier. Only 45 minutes was allowed for sightseeing and so we elected to take the “photo tour”. Along this walk there were several nice vantage points of the glacier.

We stopped by the visitor’s center. A few park rangers were there to give presentations and answer questions. Amazing time lapse photography showed how much the glacier has receded over the past 8 years.

We then traveled to our final destination – Alaska Zipline adventures at the Eaglecrest Ski Area. Two people were waiting for us to arrive and the number in our group, we split into two groups.

Our two guides, Brandon and Sasha were great at explaining everything and placing everyone’s fears at bay. It was obvious that personal safety was foremost in their minds as they kept checking the buckles and harnesses throughout the morning.

This was my first time ziplining and I went ultra conservative for the first two legs. I launched from the platform without an issue and had a death grip on the T bar. for the third leg, I took Brandon’s advice and launched backwards and let go. The feeling was exhilarating!

Brandon checking on the fitting of my daughter’s helmet
Family Shot

My daughter appeared to have a good time. As a parent, that’s the most you can ask for.

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