Interrupting my Montreal series to bring you another throwback.
Birthday surprise from the Bestie — day trip to Sonoma County.
Our big stop: Sonoma Canopy Tours.
This place is up in the boonies of Sonoma County, where there’s no cell service. The Bestie booked us on “The Challenger” tour, and we were joined for our morning tour by a family of three. Bless them, they put up with our obnoxious antics at 09:00 and were still super friendly. We had two amazing tour guides who also put up with our constant bickering. Nicole was one (yay, I remembered a name!); our second tour guide was a guy and he and I called each other by different names throughout the tour because apparently we both suck at names. Loved both of these guys and was thoroughly entertained during our entire tour.
Even though our drive to the boonies was sunny, this area, for some reason, had a drizzle going in the middle of June. Despite the drizzle, the people at Sonoma Canopy Tours are awesome, and rain or shine, they make it a point to make sure you enjoy yourself.
View from the first of three and longest zip line on the tour. You pretty much fly above the tops of the trees and the mist from the drizzle made the view incredibly beautiful to me (no sarcasm this time). This was my favorite line because I felt like I had the most time to enjoy my surroundings. In case you happen to venture onto the lines on a drizzly day like I did, flying through the air makes the drizzle feel like a downpour, and at the end of the line I looked like I had showered for the several seconds I was on the zip line. Tip for those who like makeup — invest in a good waterproof eyeliner. Also, don’t wear a white rain jacket, for reasons that apparently weren’t obvious to me that morning.
The Challenger course includes (I think) four rope bridges, only one of which I remembered had an actual railing with no missing steps. The others were like the one to the right — ropes to grab onto and careful footing. Of course, you’re harnessed and will be caught if you happen to misstep, but I didn’t want to be that person. I know how heavy I am, and I didn’t want the poor guides to suffer with the task of pulling me to safety.
Side note — ask the guides about the history of the place. The guy told us about how a lot of the trees are “young” because many of the older ones were harvested to rebuild after the 1906 earthquake/fire. Another side note — there’s one super-old tree that wasn’t harvested because it had been struck by lightning.
My favorite part of The Challenger course was at the end where we did this kind of free fall thing with a rappel option. Of course, I chose the free fall. There were a bunch of rules that the male guide rattled off before the first person jumped. I’m all about safety because I’m a big fat chicken, but I had a hard time remembering all of them by the time it was my turn. I have no postable pictures of this activity for this reason. I highly recommend this activity with the following advice: When they tell you to brace yourself as you fall, they say it because if you don’t, you’ll end up landing ass-out with your feet in your face and not see the camera that the nice people set up for you.
**Disclaimer: In case you’re wondering, I was not compensated in any way for posting this information. If I was, I probably would have used a more family-friendly tone. I actually went in my own free time, paid full price like a normal person, and had a great time. Actually, the Bestie paid for me, but still paid full price like a normal person.