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Zipping Along

“Oh my God,” said Julia Jakaber, of Otis Orchards, as she zipped through the trees in Wallace on Aug. 16. She and her sisters booked the adventure with Silver Streak Zipline Tours as a birthday present for their father, Ted Wentz. (Kathy Plonka)
“Oh my God,” said Julia Jakaber, of Otis Orchards, as she zipped through the trees in Wallace on Aug. 16. She and her sisters booked the adventure with Silver Streak Zipline Tours as a birthday present for their father, Ted Wentz. (Kathy Plonka)

“Oh my God,” said Julia Jakaber, of Otis Orchards, as she zipped through the trees in Wallace on Aug. 16. She and her sisters booked the adventure with Silver Streak Zipline Tours as a birthday present for their father, Ted Wentz.

WALLACE – Ted Wentz came flying down the third zip line – a steep, 1,025-foot-long ride – in 20 seconds flat, a big smile frozen on his face.

“That was a kick in the butt,” the retired electrician from Otis Orchards said after landing on the wooden platform.

Spending the morning on this new zip line course on a rugged mountainside above Wallace was a birthday gift from his daughters, three of whom joined him for the adventure.

Silver Streak Zipline Tours opened June 1 with a six-line course just north of this historic Silver Valley mining town. About 1,200 customers – some from as far away as Italy and Belgium – have done the course so far, and the business is putting in a second course that will include a dual racing zip line stretching 1,800 feet down the mountain. Read More. Scott Maben, SR

We didn't have time to try the Zipline Tours during our maiden Wallace visit last month, but we've added it to our must try list for next summer.

Have you ever done a zipline? Would you like to?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.









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