|The group before the tour|
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My son recently turned 14, and man have the years zipped by. The Chuck E. Cheese days passed our boy a long time ago. In the past we've done indoor pool parties, Harry Potter inspired scavenger hunts, and a trip to Lambert's for their famous "throwed rolls" in Sikeston, Missouri. This year, we were looking for something to top all that. So why not mark the occasion by zip-lining in the beautiful Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois?
We weren't sure if it would be possible to do it in the winter, but after checking with the folks at Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour it was a go. The only thing that prevents a tour is dense fog, ice, or thunderstorms. Luckily, considering the negative digital temperatures we're experiencing this week, plus the snow, our tour was booked on a day when the mercury reached a balmy 42 degrees.
|The guide's POV|
Some fast facts about Shawnee Bluffs: Like I mentioned, it's a three hour tour. There are eight zip lines, with the longest one being more than a thousand feet (1,016 feet to be exact). I'm not quite sure how much speed we had on them, but watch the video below and you'll get the idea. There are three short hikes too. Like I said, it's a lot of fun. The cost is $85 per person and the guides appreciate tips. Sure it was more than the average birthday, but we had a ton of fun and made plenty of memories. My dad, who is not a fan of heights, is actually talking about going the next time we venture back into the trees! We hope to do it again when the leaves are out and some of the destinations are disguised. You can click this link for more details.