Bucket Lists make me a bit uneasy. I think it has to do with being formed in a world, and continuing to work and serve at it’s edges, where something like that is such a luxury beyond imaging that I just can’t bring myself to prepare one. I think I’m also too pessimistic to think I’d get through much of one even if I tried.
But. Life hands me incredible opportunities these days and early this morning, I got up, walked down the village of Boquete to Los Establos Mall and the TreeTrek de Panamá outfit, where I filled out some paperwork acknowledging that I was about to undertake something that is considered an extreme sport and was taking my life in my own hands.
Before long, I was riding with four other people in the back of a pickup truck way up into the mountains behind Boquete, into the cloud forest at 6000 ft above sea level. After a ten minute hike, we and 6 guides were at the first platform with this view behind us
And then, then I was doing this…
It’s the longest, fastest zipline trek in Panamá. Standing on one of the platforms between ziplines, I got to see a female Quetzal–the mythic bird of Aztec and Mayan literature. I don’t have a bucket list but I hope and pray that if I have time as I am taking my dying breath, I will be able to remember this morning. It is one of the crazy-funnest things I have done. Ever.