When I’m standing on the edge of a cliff, I dream of rappelling down it or climbing up it. When I’m high atop a building, I envision a zipline to whisk me down to the ground. My mind is always focused on adventure and pushing the limits; I feel most at home when my adrenaline is pumping and my heart is racing. I long for the unknown. Being at a place like Fundy’s Cape Enrage that offers wild adventures like ziplining and rappelling is my idea of taking it to edge and going over.
I started my Cape Enrage adventure with rappelling and I’d forgotten how comfortable I was in uncomfortable situations. Standing on the platform with my feet wide and my legs straight, I prepared myself to step off. I was about to rappel 148 feet to the ground and as much as my mind was telling me not to look down, I wanted the added fear of seeing just how far I could fall. I had to do it. I looked. For several seconds, I soaked in the intensity. It’s never that I’m not afraid to do something; it’s that I revel in the fear. Looking added to the fear. It delayed my movements, yet added to the adventure at the same time.
Once over the edge, I started to feel comfortable again and I thought about how to up the ante. I reached another ledge and swung my feet up on the line. Continuing the final 40 feet upside down increased my adrenaline.
The climb back to the rappel included roughly 150 steep stairs, but I had just rappelled down a cliff. I could have run up the stairs with all of the adrenaline pumping through my body.
Each of my rappels was similar but I added an additional element of adventure to each decent. Taking larger leaps, hanging out on the edge, swinging, and spinning upside down kept me excited about every second of the adventure.
I would have been beaming for a week after such an eventful, exciting experience but without even missing a beat, we were geared up for ziplining and the Cape Enrage thrills continued.
I climbed the steps to the zip three times to experience the thrill of zipping over The Bay of Fundy. The views, the adventure, the equipment and the company all came together to make the experience remarkable.
There were workers on both platforms who encouraged us and made sure we were safe. They checked and re-checked our gear, radioed each other when ready and only opened the gate when it was completely safe to begin the journey across. I was impressed with how sociable and friendly the employees were during the entire day. Everyone on site acted like this was our 50th time there. It was easy to see how much they all loved their jobs; what’s not to love after-all? I mean, they get to help people make their adventure dreams come true every day.
The process was safer and better equipped than any of my other ziplining experiences. We were inside a gated area while being hooked to and taken off of the line and there were stools on each end to help us get attached more easily. The gear was treated like gold and the employees respected each other and the guests.
With a braking system, I didn’t even need to use my hands. I just let go, opened my arms, and flew like a bird. It was exhilarating.
Even though we’d done the longest zip in the world when we were in Costa Rica, we had a better day at Cape Enrage. The overall experience had the New Brunswick feel to it. An excited staff truly does make a difference and knowing that we were safe allowed us to really explore the possibilities while in the air.
This wasn’t my first time experiencing Cape Enrage and it definitely won’t be my last. I always say to my family that my idea of the perfect day would be to wake up in the morning, jump out of or off of something and continue on with my day. Imagine how productive you’d be if you were filled with that kind of adrenaline daily?