Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

August 1, 2013

I Flew the Coop!

Elaine and I disappeared for a week over to the Shuswap in B.C. for a week to visit our oldest son and family on his 41st birthday. We didn't do much other than sit around with our family and some old friends from 20+ years ago.
Tensioning the First

To keep 6 kids under the age of 11 entertained, we concocted 2 Zip lines for their amusement.
Picture this: A safety director (all of the U.S.) for a major company, a safety corrections/inspector for the alberta government, and me, a retired jack of all trades, building a Zip line!
Take off Point

The first one was about 75 feet made out of a climbing rope. Adequate, but too short. The solution was to get 200 feet of wire rope, a come-along for tensioning, scaffold (2 levels for landing, and a step ladder for access. The brake! Almost forgot the brake. After sending a 50 pound block of wood down as a test run and having it hit the end ( a tree) with enough force to do a couple of 360 degree loops, it was decided the zip line needed a brake!
Early Run With Emergency Brake

Two blocks of wood bolted together with a hole in the middle and a rope to pull on sufficed. It actually worked. I was impressed. After the angle of slide through the trees was adjusted, lower end up, and upper end down, it worked great.
Solo Run

Until the kids could show 3 consecutive runs without my son stopping them with a rope, they were free to solo. My son ran alongside at a full gallop holding on to the emergency rope in case it was needed.

The 9 year old and the rest really enjoyed the project.

The 5 year old and the rest really enjoyed the project.

 Note: No kids, trees, dogs, or adults were seriously hurt in this exercise!


Michelle said...

What a great family project and it looks like all were having a wonderful time! Bravo!

S. Etole said...

That looks like great fun.

joyce said...

That's so cool....its amazing how grampas can make anything.

Alica said...

Those kids will be the envy of their friends...a homemade zipline. Fun!!

TexWisGirl said...

thank goodness for the safety-conscious adults building and testing this thing! yikes! kids have more daring than i do. :)

Montanagirl said...

Yup, more daring than I have too! Looks like they had fun though.

Lana said...

Wow! That was a fun family project that surely created lasting memories. And your son must've been getting a fantastic workout with all that running he had to do! Sounds like you both are dads that have a fun side, glad it was able to be released in the form of a zip-line!


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Crystal Mary said...

That's great healthy fun for the kids, I love to see them outside in the fresh air dong the kid thing with no shoes on and plenty of laughing. You are both a great father and grandfather. Well done!!!