Yes, sure, there are cables, harnesses, seats, and other gear you could purchase if you wanted to go out of your way to make an authentic zip line. But who has time for that when you are relaxing in your backyard and your kid comes up to you and wonders, “What can we do?” Am I really going to tell him, “I have a grand idea! Let us sally forth to the hardware store and purchase many expensive pieces of equipment and spend the afternoon trying to figure it all out! And perhaps, yes perhaps we will complete our mission in time for one quick zip line run before bed.” PASS!
We were in need of something to do that day, and this enormous rope was laying on the ground in front of me. And I just so happened to be wearing a belt. (My pants will sag if I don’t wear a belt, because I don’t really have a butt….why am I explaining why I wear a belt? What is wrong with me?) We also have a couple of perfect orange trees in the backyard. All these ingredients together, along with a memory flash of Tango and Cash and the improvised zip line they made to escape prison, made for the answer of what we’d do. Oh yeah! We were making a zip line!
And now you can, too. Here’s how you do it: (more…)