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Rose Mascarenhas
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Five great adventures in one week
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Posted: 2008 Jun 13 - 02:58

Are you young, young at heart or just want to fulfill your "bucket list?" Well, let me tell you about a trip that will give you five of the world's greatest adventures all in one week.

This will be a week that you will remember for the rest of your life. The "Ultimate Five Lifetime Adventures" is a tour that will give you exactly what it says in the title.

Let me take you on a day- by-day adventure that will have you staying at luxury accommodations in Salt Lake City and at one of the premier hotels in Las Vegas. Also, in Zion Nation Park you will stay at exclusive accommodations.

Day one will take you through a U.S. Special Forces ropes challenge course, which was designed to train soldiers. Can you imagine being high in the trees along a steep mountain ridge and overcoming your fears and physical obstacles because teamwork will get you through all of the challenges you will encounter? How exciting!

When you finish the course and have done much more than you thought you were capable of doing, and see your pictures, it will make you feel like wanting to do it again.

Day two you too can do what President Bush did on his birthday. Go skydiving tandem-style with your personal instructor. This will give you a sense of freedom never before felt while freefalling up to 120 miles per hour for as long a 1 minute.

This is a safe and exciting way to experience the incredible rush of skydiving.

Day three and four will have you hiking and rappelling hosted by the Sherpa men who climbed Mt. Everest and have medals from the mountaineering associations from around the world. With these capable guides you will hike Angels Landing, the Zion narrows and Pine Creek.

The narrows are full of awesome colors with running water and shadows that make you seem as if you are in another world.

Pine Creek is a series of six rappels that will take you down slotted canyons hundreds of feet high and only a few feet across.

If all of this hiking isn't enough, wait until you hike a path along cliffs that drop more than 1,500 feet on both sides. This is what it is like to hike at Angels Landing, on a path that is cut into the face of sheer rock. Climbers come to these three places to hike from all over the world. How exhilarating does this sound?

Day five will bring you back down to earth. You will get suited up and be given intensive instructions before you actually get buckled in. To what, you ask? Well, feel the g-forces and the rush of driving an Indy-style racecar.

Extreme is a word that is used by many after they race around the speedway at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A total of 15 laps are what is allowed to all drivers as they increase their speed every lap, reaching 165 mph.

Day six and seven bring the climax of your Ultimate Five Adventure. Chris Stewart is a best-selling author and former Air Force pilot, who holds the world record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world. Why do I tell you this? Because he will be your host on your next adventure.

Imagine flying in a former Soviet Union Blowfin Fighter/Interceptor or the Marchetti SJ 260. Feel the pull of six G's and find out what it is like to hang upside down at 15,000 feet. If the ride is not enough excitement, well then let's test your skill as you compete for top ace during your air-to-air combat.

Included in the above are all hotel accommodations, meals, transportation (from one agenda to the next), airport transfers and much more. You will also be outfitted with all required flight, racing, rappelling, skydiving and hiking gear.

Whew. I am tired and I am only writing the article. If you want the ultimate and different experience, then please call for more information.

Rose Mascarenhas is a travel agent with Gadabout Travel. E-mail rose@cruisetraveltours.com, or go to www.cruisetraveltours.com.

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