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1227761 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-05-05 08:30:00.0 UTC 2012-05-05T04:30:00.000-04:00 zip-line-tour-in-ocala-offers-thrills-views Published 2012-05-05 08:30:11.0 UTC 2012-05-05T04:30:11.000-04:00 incoming DTI 90010220 OCALA — When I was a little girl and my father was stationed at an Army base in Germany, I used to love going to the parks in the forests near my house. My favorite thing was to discover playground "flying foxes," where you could jump off 10- or 15-foot platforms and ride down ropes, hanging off little pulley cars with handlebars. I was reminded of this recently when I heard about Canyons Zip Line tours, which use the same kind of contraption, except it's much scarier (though probably safer). And much longer. The $89-per-person tour is almost three hours long and has nine lines that cover a milelong course over tall trees, lakes and canyonlike cliffs. The zip lines, built over a 94-acre abandoned limestone quarry not far off Interstate 75, opened in November, so I figured the lines were still new and strong enough to handle me. The two guides on my tour took great care to strap up the six folks in my group, and we never went anywhere treacherous along the tour without making sure our metal hooks were fastened tightly to cable. The first leap, one of the shorter lines stretching from tree to tree, was the most terrifying. The guides show you how to slow yourself using a gloved hand, but the landings were all smooth. It became less scary and more comfortable toward the end, which was good timing, because those are the longest and most scenic lines that have you zipping over lakes. We saw swooping hawks and a kingfisher, and the skull of a raccoon along the trail. Alligators, bobcats and turkeys are also known to make an appearance, the guides said. The tour winds down with a long walk across a rope bridge and a 30-foot rappel to the ground. I don't consider myself afraid of heights, but a lot of people who were on the tour with me said they were. This was different, though. Somehow, being strapped in and distracted by the unusual topography of the limestone quarry, you forget that you're dangling hundreds of feet in the air. At the very least, it makes you feel like a kid again. By Emily Nipps, Times Staff Writer Florida Zip line tour in Ocala offers thrills, views ENIPPSN A three-hour tour in Ocala affords an adrenaline rush and lush views.<br /><br />A three-hour tour in Ocala affords an adrenaline rush and lush views. LAT Latitudes djjw4c77v05v djjw4 Put a little zip in your life <p><b>.</b><b> IF YOU GO</b></p><p>Above it all</p><p>The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours is at 8045 NW Gainesville Road in Ocala; (352) 351-9477 or zipthecanyons.com. The three-hour guided tour with nine zip lines and two rope bridges ends with a rappeling adventure. Price is $89. The course is open year-round during daylight hours. You can make reservations online or over the phone.</p> OCALA 3 lat_travel_zipline050612 Put a little zip in your life 2012-05-06 04:00:00.0 UTC 2012-05-06T00:00:00.000-04:00 Emily Nipps zips along on one of the nine lines during a three-hour tour that ends with a rope bridge hike and a 30-foot rappel. resources/images/dti/2012/05/LAT_ZIPLINE050612_220587a.jpg Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours resources/images/dti/rendered/2012/05/LAT_ZIPLINE050612_220587a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2012/05/LAT_ZIPLINE050612_220587a_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2012/05/05/90010220-zip-line-tour-in-ocala-offers-thrills-views StaffArticle 2012-11-18 14:39:24.0 UTC 2012-11-18T09:39:24.000-05:00 OCALA — When I was a little girl and my father was stationed at an Army base in Germany, I used to love going to the parks in the forests near my house. My favorite thing was to discover playground "flying foxes," where you could jump off 10- or 15-foot platforms and ride down ropes, hanging off little pulley cars with handlebars.FloridaFlorida<span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">EMILY NIPPS</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2265397 2016-02-15 03:17:23.0 UTC 6 Months Ago gatorland-offers-disability-friendly-zip-line-over-reptiles incoming Gatorland offers disability-friendly zip line over reptiles StaffArticle 2287562 2016-07-31 17:53:06.0 UTC 4 Weeks Ago at-least-16-dead-in-hot-air-balloon-crash incoming Balloon hit power lines before crashing in Texas, investigators say StaffArticle 2265841 2016-02-18 06:47:32.0 UTC 6 Months Ago a-website-offered-to-pay-for-weddings-8212-then-it-came-time-to-write-the incoming A website offered to pay for weddings &#8212; then it came time to write the check StaffArticle <p>OCALA — When I was a little girl and my father was stationed at an Army base in Germany, I used to love going to the parks in the forests near my house. My favorite thing was to discover playground &quot;flying foxes,&quot; where you could jump off 10- or 15-foot platforms and ride down ropes, hanging off little pulley cars with handlebars.</p> <p>I was reminded of this recently when I heard about Canyons Zip Line tours, which use the same kind of contraption, except it's much scarier (though probably safer). And much longer. The $89-per-person tour is almost three hours long and has nine lines that cover a milelong course over tall trees, lakes and canyonlike cliffs.</p> <p>The zip lines, built over a 94-acre abandoned limestone quarry not far off Interstate 75, opened in November, so I figured the lines were still new and strong enough to handle me. The two guides on my tour took great care to strap up the six folks in my group, and we never went anywhere treacherous along the tour without making sure our metal hooks were fastened tightly to cable.</p> <p>The first leap, one of the shorter lines stretching from tree to tree, was the most terrifying. The guides show you how to slow yourself using a gloved hand, but the landings were all smooth. </p> <p>It became less scary and more comfortable toward the end, which was good timing, because those are the longest and most scenic lines that have you zipping over lakes. We saw swooping hawks and a kingfisher, and the skull of a raccoon along the trail. Alligators, bobcats and turkeys are also known to make an appearance, the guides said.</p> <p>The tour winds down with a long walk across a rope bridge and a 30-foot rappel to the ground.</p> <p>I don't consider myself afraid of heights, but a lot of people who were on the tour with me said they were. This was different, though. Somehow, being strapped in and distracted by the unusual topography of the limestone quarry, you forget that you're dangling hundreds of feet in the air.</p> <p>At the very least, it makes you feel like a kid again.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:34:32