My fear of heights was tested again today. We took a trip to the Tahune Airwalk, Geeveston. A 90 min drive west from home. We left home early to make sure we had enough time – we were on a time frame today, an airport trip and Air League meeting took preference over a full day girls trip out.
I know the supports are well made. I know they are doing their job. I am not afraid of it falling down. Even when it creaks and groans. I just don’t like the space between me and the ground – without the support poles.
Getting there right on opening was the best part. We had the whole track to ourselves! It was peaceful but for the birds and the weather was perfect, even with a small shower.
Walking onto the track I got the first wave of nerves. Don’t get me wrong, the place is beautiful and being the same height as the trees is pretty awesome. It’s not often you get to look the tree right in the eye (so to speak).
By the time we got halfway along I was feeling a bit jittery. Being brave and walking a lot slower than I would have probably added to it. I’m not complaining, taking my time was lovely, and I paid more attention to the scenery. Just.
Just before the end of the walk you get to a T-junction – turn right and you head to solid ground. Turn left and there is one last support and then the cantilever… dangerous ground, or non ground. We turned left and wandered towards the end. I had to do it. Bite the bullet. If my kids were there I can guarantee I would not have stepped foot on it. But with no one to bounce it or make fun I said “…I’m off…” and went for it. It is only about 10m (30ft) to the end but when there is no support I feel the height more than ever. I did stop twice before I actually got to the end, and there is evidence that I did it! I haven’t seen it but am told it was there to show hubby the proof, lol.
The view is fantastic from that vantage point, two of our best known wild rivers converging and a continuous view of World Heritage forests.
I have to admit, I don’t really know how I feel about what I did today. I am proud of myself to a certain degree, I conquered a part of my fear after all. But I wasn’t totally comfortable with it. I was at the end taking pictures and part of me felt silly for being scared about something like while the rest of me wanted to cry out and leave as fast as I could.
On the way out we went to see The Big Tree. The ‘biggest’ (read heaviest) tree in at least the southern hemisphere…
This is a definite ‘have to return’ place as there are three other walks we would love to do with two rivers crossings (swinging bridges no less) so after the cantilever we headed back home.
Keep smiling 🙂