Hi, friends! Kalli here.
I’ve been craving an exciting, memorable adventure. On a random Thursday morning, I jumped in my car and drove to Davis, Oklahoma, where I had a one-of-a-kind experience.
I’m driving down a gravel road, listening to Taylor Swift, when I see a sign that reads, “Air Donkey Zipline.” I drive my car through the gate and park near a small building. It was the perfect summer morning – a slight wind, the grass was green from recent rains, and it wasn’t (very) hot, a rare thing for Oklahoma in June. I walk inside where I’m greeted by a few workers, signed a waiver, and I was ready to go!
It’s time for me to get a harness and a helmet! The workers talked me through how to properly wear the belt and put on my helmet. We then used the practice zipline where I learned the basics of ziplining - starting and breaking. Time to enjoy the real ziplines.
My nerves were kicking in to full gear. I was calm and confident, and then, all of a sudden, I had a pit in my stomach. Suddenly, hundreds of questions started running through my mind.
“What if I forgot how to clip myself to the cable? What if I fall off? Is that possible?” These are rational fears in my now slightly irrational mind.
As soon as I began to have those fears, the instructors reassured me everything would be okay.
We climbed up a winding staircase to the first of six ziplines. They clipped me to the cable, told me to act like I was sitting in a chair, and to pick up my feet as soon as I was ready to go. My mind told me I wasn’t ready, but I picked up my feet and away I went.
It was a sudden rush. The wind hit my face and I felt completely carefree. The worries washed away and before I knew it, I was at the next platform ready to zip again.
Before each one, I felt more and more confident. By the sixth zipline, I felt like a pro!
Time for my final zip of the day. On this beautiful morning, I overcame my fears and accomplished ziplining through the Arbuckle Mountains. I’m already planning my next trip back to Air Donkey Zipline.
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What a rush! Air Donkey Zipline has been open for six years in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains. You can book your trip beforehand, if you are a planner. Or, if you are in the area and in the mood to feel the rush, walk-ins are welcome. However, they only have a certain amount of tour spots available for each day.
Air Donkey is a two-hour experience with over one mile in ziplines. Air Donkey isn’t an extreme workout (thank goodness!), but it could be difficult for some people. For more information about tour times and reservations, click here.
If you’re looking for other fun activities in the Davis area, we’ve got you covered! Check out 777 Zip, Cross Bar Ranch and Turner Falls! While you are on your summer adventure, remember to use #VisitChickasaw in all of your pictures.
(Originally published on June 25, 2018. Updated on April 23, 2019.)