Thursday, October 29

Weekend Warrior: Whitewater, zip-lining, hang-gliding and more

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Let us not forget the people who enjoy a good burst of adrenaline and testing their skill and nerve. If you crave adventure vacationing, the kind that gets the ol’ blood pumping, rest assured you can find that in Tennessee as well.

Some of Tennessee’s best whitewater rafting is along the Ocoee River in the southeast corner of the state. It was here that the whitewater events for the 1996 Summer Olympics hosted by Atlanta were held. Several companies offer whitewater trips. Some, such as High Country Adventures in Ocoee, also offer other thrilling excursions such as rock-climbing, caving, kayaking and rope courses. These other adventures can be enjoyed when the whitewater isn’t running along the river.

Whitewater adventures also can be planned for the warmer months at the Big South Fork. Though some areas have already closed to rafting for the season, some are still open until late September or early October.

In addition to whitewater, Rafting the Smokies in Hartford also offers zip-lining, which has become popular in recent years. It’s an entirely new and thrilling way to see the world. But the eastern part of the state isn’t the only place you can try this exciting way to spend a day. If you’re in Middle Tennessee, the Eco-Adventure Canopy Zip Tour offered by Adventureworks takes you to the heart of a 40-acre forest near the Harpeth River. Special nighttime zipping adventures are also available.

Have you ever stood on the edge of a mountain and wondered what it would feel like to soar like the birds in the air? Then hang-gliding might be for you, and one of the most beautiful spots to try it out is on Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga. You can learn to hang-glide through training at places such as Lookout Mountain Flight Park in Rising Fawn, Ga. Not quite ready to go it solo? Tandem hang-gliding is an option at places such as Thrill-a-Minute Sports in Dunlap.

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About Author

Trish Milburn

Trish Milburn wrote her first book in the sixth grade and has the cardboard-and-fabric-bound, handwritten, and colored-pencil-illustrated copy to prove it. That “book” was called Land of the Misty Gems, and not surprisingly it was a romance. She’s always loved stories with happy endings, whether those stories come in the form of books, movies, TV programs or marriage to her own hero. Trish grew up in Kentucky and worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist for a number of years. She still does freelance work, but she devotes most of her time to writing novels. While working toward her first sale, she finaled in the prestigious Golden Heart contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America eight times, winning twice. She was also a finalist in Harlequin American’s Great American Novel contest, which led to her first sale to American. Other than reading, Trish enjoys traveling (by car or train – she’s a terra firma girl!), hiking, nature photography, and visiting national parks. Two of her life goals are to visit every unit of the U.S. National Park Service and hike the Appalachian Trail. While many authors buy themselves a piece of jewelry or gorgeous new shoes to commemorate their first sales, Trish bought herself a TiVo so she doesn’t miss any of her favorite shows while she’s typing away at the computer keyboard to meet her deadlines. In addition to romances for Harlequin American, Trish writes young adult novels under the name Tricia Mills for Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.

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