An old saw has it that to a hammer everything’s a nail. To a writer everything’a a story. Since writing is what I’m doing these days, stories abound. Take the the experience of living for a few days with my great niece. There’s a ton of story material right here.
So what do we do with an energetic nine year old?
A possible answer - Zipline! How about that?
Actually the Arizona Zipline Adventure is a story in itself. And behind the Zipline is an Oracle ranching family (the Goffs), also a story. But I digress.
As it happened, our nine year old visitor really wanted to go for it out there in the high desert Catalina foothills just a spit away from Oracle proper. We were excited by her excitement and hoped there was an opening in this busy season. Sure enough Emily Goff paved the way.
So there she is - our nine year old - hanging on a wire ready to go zipping after being trained up by the rugged staff/crew that knows the ropes.
And she’s off! To five zip lines for about two hours.
Of course we watch the kick off and the landing and in the mean time we have an order of really good french fries, enjoy the atmospherics of the place which are beautiful and fascinating and ponder the history of the Arizona Zipline Adventure itself. (When one gets right down to it, it really is an engineering marvel in its own right).
A picture tells the ending to my Oracle Zipline story much better than I can write it.
Kaz and I moved to Oracle in 1979. The house we bought dated to the late 1940s. With little advance knowledge of the place, we set out to build a new life together, intending to settle in and raise a family.