Taking Birthdays to the Max

Posted by on August 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm :: No Comments

Frankly speaking, I believe I have the best husband in the world. As cheesy as that assertion may sound, I mean it with total sincerity. No one who has had the privilege of having Jason as a spouse would disagree, which is a good thing because, otherwise, I’d just be arguing with myself. Only the most fabulous of birthday celebrations could satisfactorily commemorate such a fabulous man. With that in mind, this year I decided to take his birthday to the max!

Max Zipline carts groups up to their zip point in a Polaris Ranger. Ours was crammed and crazy.

Max Zipline carts groups up to their zip point in a Polaris Ranger. Ours was crammed and crazy.

Our group was loud and probably more than a little obnoxious but we were also exuberant.

Our group was loud and probably more than a little obnoxious but we were also exuberant.

Jacob wore flip-flops forgetting that closed-toe shoes were required for this activity. Luckily, he had an emergency pair of Jedi boots in his trunk.

Jacob wore flip-flops forgetting that closed-toe shoes were required for this activity. Luckily, he had an emergency pair of Jedi boots in his trunk.

I've zipped a few times but it never gets old.

I’ve zipped a few times but it never gets old.

In lieu of a birthday party, I invited about a dozen friends to tarzan with Jason and me on a zipline tour of Provo Canyon’s leafy canopies. The gods of temperate temperatures magnanimously blessed our whooshful expedition; the day of our zipping was uncharacteristically cool with precipitation in the forecast but the threat of rain never materialized into more than a short-lived sprinkle making the weather ideal. Glory be!

Aimee had no problems zipping like a pro.

Aimee had no problems zipping like a pro.

Jason is an exemplary human being and husband so, as such he deserves an ideal birthday shindig.

Jason is an exemplary human being and husband so, as such, he deserves an ideal birthday shindig.

Kenny had a broken bone in his foot but naughtily removed his boot to zip with us.

Kenny had a broken bone in his foot but naughtily removed his boot to zip with us.

The fine guides at Max Zipline put up with a lot from our raucous group in way of teasing, harassing, ill-conceived maneuvering, blasting and even singing. Evidentially, our enthusiasm was as unparalleled as our volumes though; we were told that we were the most excited crowd they’d had all week. Thanks to our eagerness, those guides consented to show us how to hang upside-down and cast off with flips. Even I, with my lack of admiration for high places, tried a little inverted zipping. With all that topsy-turvy reversed riding, surprisingly, only one of us got our pants in a twist. That lucky individual was Adam and luckily Jason caught it all on film. Click here to see Adam’s pant mishap.

Though not quite as foolish as some members of our gang, Jason was certainly not timid.

Though not quite as foolish as some members of our gang, Jason was certainly not timid.

Lee gave his best faux frightened face as he prepared to whoosh down the longest line, a 1450-foot cable.

Lee gave his best faux frightened face as he prepared to whoosh down the longest line, a 1450-foot cable.

Adam's jean incident didn't frighten him out of trying other stunts.

Adam’s jean incident didn’t frighten him out of trying other stunts.

Although not everyone in our group was equally comfortable with heights, I’d say that the vast majority of us had a spectacular time. And, more importantly, I believe that fantastic man of mine enjoyed himself, which was the whole point of this little adventure. Soaring through lofty aspens and pines with nothing but fresh mountain air tickling your feet is quite the experience. Soaring through lofty aspens and pines with happy birthday choruses ringing out below your wind-tickled feet is probably an even better one but you’d have to ask Jason; he received just such an aerial birthday serenade as he whizzed down his last cable. I won’t lie, the singing didn’t sound so good but how often do you get to hear the hills alive with the sound of off-key music? Happy birthday to my best and favorite bubba!

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