hat’s the difference between a zipline guide and a 401(k)? My daughter Helen and I were atop an 80-foot wooden platform along the
Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, when River Rider
Guide Henry Jones asked us this question. “A 401(k) will mature and
make money,” he told us, his banter keeping our nerves at bay.
Before we jumped, Henry and crew Emily, Alyssa, and Kelsey went through their well-practiced series of clipping and unclipping carabiners and communcating commands
“check 1 and 2,” “1 and 2 checked,” “check tether,” and, finally, “zip.” That was our cue
to go. They were expert at making our experience safe, smooth, and fun. At this height,
we had a stunning view of the Potomac as it rolled past the zip line towers to meet the
Shenandoah River where only water separates the eastern tip of West Virginia from the
Maryland and Virginia borders.
By Loren Anne Barnett