Viewed from ground level, a platform protruding 21 feet above doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.
Standing on it is another story.
As youngsters – some intrepid adults, too – climbed a ladder skyward at one of the prime South Fayette Township Community Day attractions, they discovered what a difference perspective makes.
“I was slightly terrified when I got up to the top,” Alicia White admitted. “As you could hear, I screamed all the way down. But it was fun.”
The Aug. 25 event marked the first time the South Fayette resident took a ride on a zip-line, stepping off the platform and whooshing along attached to a downward-sloping steel cable for a few exhilarating seconds.
“My nephew decided he wanted to do it,” she said, “so I figured I would give it a try, too, to maybe encourage him a little bit.”
Bringing the attraction to South Fayette was Philadelphia Mobile Zipline Co. Jessi Caprio, who co-owns the company with her husband, Jim, traveled across the state with daughter Annabelle and some of her friends, who set everything up and made sure everyone was prepared for the utmost in safety.
Annabelle explained that the zip-line is limited to people weighing between 40 and 250 pounds – that rules out a certain journalist, at least until his current weight-loss efforts proceed a bit further – and at heights between 3 feet and 6 feet 8 inches.
“We haven’t had anyone that tall yet,” she said.
This marks the third year for South Fayette Township Community Day following a decade’s hiatus as a healthy crowd gathered at Fairview Park for wide varieties of music, vendors’ booths, food and drink, and bunches of activities for young people.
And the weather even cooperated.