No Fear at French Broad Rafting & Ziplines

Click to visit French Broad Rafting and Ziplines website.

Well, actually, “No Fear” might be a slight exaggeration. Okay, it’s a total lie. I had a terrible fear of heights when I started out. By the time I got to the really fast, 980-ft. and 1,080-ft. long zip lines, I was so scared I didn’t think I could step off the platform. My fear was so bad that I hit the brakes too hard and didn’t make it to the next platform. I stopped early and had to turn around and pull myself in…

Don't brake too early or you won't make it to the next platform.

It took a while, but with the encouragement of my friend, Fred, and the help of our guides, Brian and Ryan, I actually got over my fear. In fact, I wasn’t even afraid of the 60-ft. rappel…

Rappelling at French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

Before we ever stepped onto a platform our guide, Brian, gave us lots of advice and instructions on the ground…

Zip Line Instructions at French Broad Rafting and Ziplines06

Both Brian and Ryan continually encouraged and instructed everyone…

Guides Continually Encourage and Instruct

Before I had finished the tenth zip line on the course I was totally free of fear (something I never thought could happen) and everyone was smiling, including this old guy on the left (Fred was smiling before we started)…

All Smiles at French Broad Rafting & Ziplines

To get a better feeling for the excitement and thrill of zip lines at French Broad Rafting & Ziplines, click on the image below and watch the video by Hummingbird Aerial…

Video of Zip Lines at French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

For additional information and zip line reservations visit the French Broad Rafting & Ziplines website or call 800-570-7238.

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Everyday is Grandparents Day in Brevard, NC

Outside OP Taylor's Toy Store, Brevard, NC

After all the excitement at Crystal Mountain Gem Mine we headed across the street to the famous OP Taylor’s Toy Store. Although our grand kids were very familiar with “the coolest toy store on the planet” our poor, adult son had never seen it. I think he enjoyed himself at the racetrack with my grandson…

Race Cars at OP Taylor's Toy Store

Afterward we headed down the block to Rocky’s Grill and Soda Shop for lunch…

Fun Lunch at Rocky's in Brevard, NC

Nana had a delicious salad and once again, grandpa set a good example of eating-healthy with two grilled Hebrew National kosher hot dogs. They truly are the best on the planet…

Yummy Lunch at Rocky's in Brevard, NC

Sadly we said goodbye and parted ways outside Rocky’s Soda Shop…

Outside Rocky's Soda Shop in Brevard, NC

If you’re looking for an old-fashioned fun place to eat, stop by Rocky’s Grill and Soda Shop in Brevard. It’d directly across Main street from the Crystal Mountain Gem Mine. (Map)

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