|I'm the one in the red jacket.|
I've done many things I didn't think I would in the name of research for a novel, but I never, ever thought I'd go on a zipline. Never.
That is until a couple of weeks ago. See that motley zipline crew above. They are members of my extended family. During our family reunion I was asked if I'd like to go on the zipline. My daughter, Tricia, encouraged me to go, but when I learned it was ten lines I started having a major case of cold feet. I could tough it out for one fast ride, but ten. All sorts of doubts clouded my mind. I mean, I'm too old to go dangling in the air zipping over the ground. Good grief, I'm a grandma.
But then my nephew, Travis, said this, "You could use the experience for research in your next book." Something clicked in my brain and all at once I realized deep down I wanted to go . . . no, I needed to go.
So I screwed courage to my backbone and went.
What a thrill! We started at 9:00p.m. and it took three hours to complete all ten ziplines. In case you were wondering, yes, we didn't get done until after midnight, and we were zipping in the dark. What an experience. It was like jumping into space, except in space you would just float instead of sipping rapidly to the end of the line.
I realized something. In the name of research I have done many things I never thought I would: herd cattle, hike to the top of a mountain, stay in a cabin by myself (well the dog was there, but a Yorkie isn't much protection) for two weeks, pan for gold, visit old cemeteries, visit foreign countries, and etc.,
Research can be more than searching the Internet or spending hours in a library.
What adventure you gone on in the name of research?
Heise Zip is where I did my zipline research. You might give it a try.
Here's a fun youtube video of the zipline As you watch, imagine doing it in the dark.