Zip­ping around

With spring get­ting closer, con­sider mak­ing plans for a zi­pline ad­ven­ture in Ok­la­homa.

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SUNDAY LIFE - BY DINO LALLI Dino Lalli is the pro­ducer, co-host and one of the re­porters for the travel pro­gram DIS­COVER OK­LA­HOMA.

Ok­la­homa has had what could be clas­si­fied as a rel­a­tively mild win­ter. Now, when we have had those sin­gle-digit tem­per­a­ture days, where those Fe­bru­ary winds steal your breath, it may be some­what dif­fi­cult to look ahead and see the con­clu­sion of win­ter.

In an up­com­ing ar­ti­cle, I’ll be writ­ing about some spring ac­tiv­i­ties you can en­joy around var­i­ous Ok­la­homa state parks. But for now, I want to put a spot­light on one ex­tremely fun out­door ad­ven­ture; one of which runs a close sec­ond to fly-fish­ing. I’ve been lucky enough to do some sto­ries for Dis­cover Ok­la­homa around zi­plin­ing!

There are six dif­fer­ent ar­eas where you can take a zip line; Air Don­key Zi­pline Ad­ven­tures in Davis; The Turner Falls Zi­pline; Ru­garu Ad­ven­tures Zi­plin­ing Tour in Bro­ken Bow; POSTOAK Zip Line Canopy Tours in Tulsa; there’s a zip line you can take at the Orr Fam­ily Farm in Ok­la­homa City, as well as one at River­sport Ad­ven­tures.

The two zip lines for which I re­ported on Dis­cover Ok­la­homa were Air Don­key in Davis and Ru­garu in Bro­ken Bow.

One of the many el­e­ments of tak­ing a zip line at Air Don­key is you will get an amaz­ing view of the beau­ti­ful Ar­buckle Moun­tains.

They have six lines, with the long­est one be­ing over 1,800 feet. But there’s noth­ing like that rush of ex­cite­ment when you take off. On a zi­pline at Air Don­key, you are fly­ing over a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory les­son — about 250 mil­lion years of ge­ol­ogy in fact.

Now, some zip lines are dif­fer­ent in that at Air Don­key, you will learn how to brake and slow your­self down. At Ru­garu Ad­ven­tures Zi­plin­ing Tour in Bro­ken Bow, the lines are de­signed where they are on an au­to­matic brak­ing sys­tem. The brakes will slow your de­scent into the land­ing and at ev­ery zip line lo­ca­tion, there will be a guide at the end to help you.

At Ru­garu, you will be zip­ping through the mag­nif­i­cent beauty of the Beavers Bend area, with one line tak­ing you right across Bro­ken Bow Lake! Ru­garu also has six dif­fer­ent lines that range from any­where from 300 to 1,100 feet long.

I love the adren­a­line rush and the bird’s-eye per­spec­tive on the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings at Air Don­key and Ru­garu. Noth­ing will shake you out of your daily rou­tine quite like zip­ping through the air!

Of course, safety is the top pri­or­ity at all the zip line lo­ca­tions in Ok­la­homa. But as you plan a spring zip line ad­ven­ture, be sure and check the web­site of the lo­ca­tion where you would be go­ing. Some are open about 50 weeks a year while oth­ers like Air Don­key, Ru­garu and POSTOAK, will re­open in March.

Other events

In the mean­time, here are some events and fes­ti­vals com­ing up in March that you can plan for, pos­si­bly around your zip line ad­ven­ture!

• March 3: Ea­gle watch at Lake Thun­der­bird State Park.

• March 3: Ea­gle Tour and Loon Watch at Se­quoyah Wildlife Refuge & Tenkiller State Park.

• March 17: St. Pa­trick’s Day Drone Scav­enger Hunt at the Woods & Wa­ters Win­ery in Anadarko.

• March 23-25: Grand Lake Re­nais­sance Fes­ti­val in Vinita.

• March 24: Red Brick Road Food Truck & Art Fes­ti­val in Enid.

As al­ways, you can keep up with all the up­com­ing events and fes­ti­val­son the of­fi­cial web­site of the Ok­la­homa Tourism and Re­cre­ation Depart­ment, www. trav­


A vis­i­tor tries the zip line at Ru­garu Ad­ven­tures Zi­plin­ing Tour in Bro­ken Bow.


Visi­tors to Air Don­key Zi­pline Ad­ven­tures in Davis can get a view of the Ar­buckle Moun­tains when zi­plin­ing.

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