In all the years I’ve lived here, I have never enjoyed a ride on a California zip line. Being the adventurous person that I am, this may come as a shock to many. After hanging out with Bryan and Vicky Saturday night in Mariposa, I had to try it.
After all, this was my birthday trip to Yosemite. After a beautiful day of seeing Yosemite in winter all covered in snow, now it was time for a travel adventure.
On Sunday, I got my first California zip line experience – just one day after seeing Yosemite. I have lived in California for nearly 12 years and in two days, I was seeing Yosemite and gliding through the air on a California zip line for the first time.
Bryan and Vicky promised me that a Yosemite zipline tour is easy at Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch. However, I had some questions and needed answers. So I did an interview with Bryan to find out what the zipline experience is like.
A California zip line experience at Yosemite?
Well, “No.” But “Yes.”
For you adventure freaks, you’ll be a little disappointed. However, there isn’t some huge zipline from El Capitan to Half Dome or Yosemite Falls to Bridal Veil Falls. If you want a Yosemite adventure in the park, you’ll have to settle for climbing up those two big, beautiful rocks and a little extreme California hiking in the park.
(Just so you know hiking in California is different. If you don’t believe me, check out my northern California hiking guide to see how beautiful and diverse it is).
However, Mariposa is just a few miles from Yosemite so you can actually go hiking, see Yosemite National Park, and have your own California zip line experience all in one day.
So being the adventurous person that I am, I put together this ziplining video with a GoPro camera so you can see what this zip line experience is like.
OK, I am lying to you. But not about the video part.
As much as I love hiking and nature, I am not that adventurous. In one of the most revealing, personal, and vulnerable travel posts I’ve ever written, I share some deep, dark secrets with these travel confessions from my mid life crisis.
I can be quite boring, don’t take that many risks, live two different lives. Go read the confessions if you want to find out more.
However, I am not lying about the video of my California zip line experience. But I do have another adventure travel confession to make.
At Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch, I lost my ziplining virginity. I had never been on a zip line anywhere.
As the time drew closer for that special moment, I wasn’t nervous at all. As I got closer, I stood there looking at the green mountainous bosom before me. There was a line between us but it didn’t matter. I grabbed on tight and enjoyed a wild ride – seven times.
I don’t care if you’ve never experienced a California zip line – or any zip line experience. This was easy and fun. Anyone can do it. Keep your feet on the ground, hold on tight, and enjoy the experience.
If you don’t believe me, watch the video from a few of the ziplines at Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch. If you’ve never done it before or you’ve been afraid to try it, give your zipline virginity experience to them. You’ll be glad you did.
After watching this video and seeing how easy it is, would you do a zip line tour?
If you think this was fun don’t miss my Yosemite in Winter photo series to see how amazing this area is during any time of year!
Thanks to Yosemite and Mariposa Tourist Board for inviting me to spend a weekend in Yosemite and Mariposa. Thanks for Bryan and Vicki for the zipline tour. Experience Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch for yourself! Get more information about the cost, tours, and experiences.
While this zip line tour was provided by Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch, the choice to lose my California zip line virginity was all mine. All opinions are my own based on my personal experiences.