For many of us when traveling to new places or even if we have a weekend off from our busy lives going on an adventure with friends and family we can create some of our most fond thrilling memories. Whether we are going hiking, camping, ziplining, mountain biking, cliff jumping, or many other numerous activities the thrill and excitement shared with the people we are with we create stories we will come to tell for years later. Many times we are having so much fun little do we ever take a moment to think “What is the worst that could happen?”
Sunshine State or Home of the Alligators?
If you’ve ever traveled to the Sunshine State than you have been warned about just how many alligators and reptiles reside there. They can be found amongst the lakes, ponds, and swamps all over Florida. For the alligators, Florida is their home and they roam free which also means they can turn up in the places we wouldn’t even expect at first.Duncan Forbes Youtube/Screenshot Source: Duncan Forbes Youtube/Screenshot
Just a quick test run…or so she thought…
One day a group of zip-lining instructors decided they were going to test out a new line that traversed over a small pond.Duncan Forbes Youtube/Screenshot Source: Duncan Forbes Youtube/Screenshot
Something moving down below…
This pond although calming at first glance is well known for being home to various birds, fish, reptiles, and mainly alligators which is a bonus exhilaration of this zipline across the small pond. As this instructor suited up in full protective gear she took off across the pond. Taking in the views and relaxing as zips across the peaceful pond seemingly a successful run. But as she comes close to the end where the other instructors are waiting for her something in the water begins to move around.Duncan Forbes Youtube/Screenshot Source: Duncan Forbes Youtube/Screenshot
Lake lurker makes the leap!
As she gets closer and closer the alligator who’s been waiting and watching her zipline across decides to leap and make his strike! The instructor lets out a yelp and lifts her legs grabbing to the top of her hook on the line to escape the jaws of the alligator beneath her.Duncan Forbes Youtube/Screenshot Source: Duncan Forbes Youtube/Screenshot
But the alligator misses his opportunity so he sinks back down into his pond waiting for the next brave soul to dare cross his pond. Her fellow instructors begin leaping and yelling at the excitement of what they just witnessed as she gets closer and closer to safety.Duncan Forbes Youtube/Screenshot Source: Duncan Forbes Youtube/Screenshot
Anything for the thrill.
As her fellow instructors continue to yell with excitement she touches down safely but waits until she gets closer to the very top to put her legs down. Safe and sound away from the pond and the lurkers that live beneath the surface!Duncan Forbes Youtube/Screenshot Source: Duncan Forbes Youtube/Screenshot
Ziplining is already quite the exhilarating activity by itself and with these small ponds like this, the bonus of live alligators waiting beneath the water ready to leap at any time as zipliners cross is the thrill of a lifetime. We are sure she and her fellow zipliners will come to tell and reminisce this story for years to come.
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