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Flying High On Life: Adrenaline Rush Zip Line Tour

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Written and Photographed by Lynn Dark

If zip lining is on your bucket list, you should definitely check out Adrenaline Rush Zip Tour. Located about six miles south of Jacksonville, Adrenaline Rush boasts eight zips that are spread out over 52 scenic acres. Most of the zips take you across beautiful lakes. The 8th and final zip is one of the longest in Texas at 1700 feet.

Adrenaline Rush Zip Line Tour tyler txWhen I visited the property to meet with company owner Annette Kimbrell for an interview, she graciously invited me to return the next day for a zip tour. Unfortunately, I have a condition known as acrophobia, more commonly known as fear of heights. Kimbrell explained that some people come out specifically to conquer that fear. Sadly, I will not be one of those people. However, I strongly encourage others to do that very thing.

If you are interested in zip lining, you couldn’t find a better place to do it. For people who are willing to leave the ground, it seems like it would be very exciting. You can travel from one station to another at up to 40 miles per hour – even faster if the conditions are right, and you know what you’re doing.

For those who have never been, or only have a vague idea about what zip lining entails, here are some of the basics: First of all, you wear a harness which is then attached to not one but two galvanized steel cables. You also wear a helmet. You climb onto a stand for each zip. Once there, a staff member attaches you to the cables with carabiners and sends you on your way. Another staff member is waiting at the other end to catch and unhook you.

Adrenaline Rush Zip Line Tour tyler tx 3Closed toed shoes are required (no flip flops), and long hair should be placed in a ponytail. Weather appropriate attire should be worn, and gloves will be provided.

To zip the longest line takes anywhere from 30 to 50 seconds, depending on certain factors. Wind, weight, and technique are among the things that determine your speed. There are tours of five, seven, and eight zips available. It takes about an hour to complete five zips, and about an hour and a half to do all eight. Times vary depending on the number of people on the tour, as well as whether people stop to visit, etc. You should arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour time.

You don’t have to be in great shape to zip line, but you do have to weigh less than 275 pounds. Children should be at least seven years old. Adrenaline Rush strives to accommodate the elderly, having had guests as old as 90. They have had participants with a wide range of disabilities including missing upper limbs, and blindness. People diagnosed with cancer who choose to live life to the fullest come out for tours. Visitors must be able to get up the steps of the stands on their own. Zip lining while pregnant is strongly discouraged.

The company has an impeccable safety record. There have been no equipment malfunctions or accidents, and the only minor injuries (bumps and bruises) have occurred when people have failed to follow instructions. For example, you are told specifically not to try to stop yourself by putting your legs down, but to keep them up and be caught at the end. Those who disregard that directive place themselves in a position to receive minor injuries. All tour participants are required to sign a waiver prior to their tour.

Adrenaline Rush Zip Line Tour tyler tx 2I assumed that the purpose of two lines was that if one line breaks, the other is there to catch you. While that presumption is technically true, that isn’t the reason, rather there is actually less wear and tear on the lines if two are used instead of one. The lines are inspected monthly by the company and annually by an outside inspector. Using two lines means that they won’t have to be replaced as often.

Adrenaline Rush Zip Line Tour, LLC opened in 2011, and is open all year. It is busier when the weather is nice, but they will do tours all year for those who are willing to brave the elements. Summer is
usually the busiest time, and the company has averaged about 2500 visitors per year. People from as far away as England, Africa, China, and Greenland have found their way to the property.

When a photographer is available, you can purchase photos of your zip tour for $5. The pictures are placed on a CD, which you can take with you when you leave that day. Adrenaline Rush does not advertise this, as they are not always able to have a photographer present.

Gift certificates are available for birthday or Christmas gifting. The company currently sells t-shirts in the gift shop, and is considering offering other souvenirs in the future.

The company operates by reservation only, and 24-48 hour notice is required. You might want to consider more notice during busier periods, as a tour could fill up during your preferred time. The facility will sometimes close for a day or two to give the staff a short break.

Once you’ve made your reservation, a staff member will text you directions based on where you are coming from. Groups of up to 37 people can be accommodated at one time.

For more info including current pricing, please visit their website at To make a reservation call (903)683-6855. A credit card is required, and there is a no-show/late cancellation fee.

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Oct. 24th: Unlikely Heroes Car Show: A Car Show Unlike Any Other

By: Holli Fourniquet

This October, Garage Talk Podcast is bringing to Tyler a car show unlike any other. This show will feature the cars that do the dirty work, day in and day out. It will be a car show for the “other cars,” the real heroes: the daily drivers.

While most car shows are centered around some of the hottest cars to roll off the assembly line, it’s the daily drivers that get us and our families from point A to point B on a regular basis. The cars in this show will have dents, dings, rust, leaks, duct tape, zip-ties, and the like.

“Car shows usually focus on cars that are high power, luxury, classic, etc., but no one really celebrates the cars that do all the dirty work,” Cory Fourniquet, Co Host of Garage Talk Podcast, said. “This show will feature those cars that have epic stories to tell, we need only to stop and listen.”

Garage Talk’s Unlikely Heroes Car Show is free to the public and will be held at Hilltop Church of the Nazarene on October 24, 2020, 10am-2pm. Spectators will enjoy live music and vendors, such as event sponsor ETX Laser, as well as chatting with drivers about their cars. The event will culminate with an awards presentation to participating vehicles.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • People’s Choice
  • Best DIY Repair
  • Leaky Bladder (biggest puddle left under the car from the duration of the show)
  • Patchwork (most mismatched panels)
  • Highest Mileage
  • Least Likely to Pass Inspection,
  • Lightweight (missing most factory panels)

Poke In Da Eye World Championship BBQ & Catering will be on-hand with a special Garage Talk combo plate and pricing.

A livestream video of Garage Talk will be filmed from the event and broadcast on their Facebook page.

Space is limited to register a vehicle for the event. For more information and to register your vehicle go to

About Garage Talk

Garage Talk is a local podcast started by two longtime friends, Cory Fourniquet and Matt Thorson, where they share their combined 40+ years of car facts, figures, knowledge, and passion with the world.

The first episode dropped early this year and has already reached international audiences as well as domestic audiences from coast to coast.

Garage Talk is a discussion about all things automotive, with topics ranging from the hosts’ own personal vehicles’ quirks and features, to special guests discussing the interesting aspects of belonging to a certain car fandom, and everything in between.

Notable guests on the show have included Bogi Lateiner, a renowned TV personality, famous for her role in the hit TV series “All Girls Garage” and Shawn Jones, Co-Founder of Sweet Rides of Central Texas and Corvette Invasion, the largest Corvette car show in Texas.

More information about Garage Talk and its creators can be found at

This event will follow all state and local guidelines for in-person gatherings. Physical distancing of participants’ cars was taken into consideration when calculating the limited number of registration spaces.

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Tyler Library October Fun: Job Fair, Dressed to Read & More


The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Downtown Tyler. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to For more information about programs, call (903)593-7323 or email Most of the events are free unless noted. 

Special Events

Take-Home Job Fair 2020: Oct. 12: Teens and adults can take home a Job Fair bag full of informational resources for job-seeking, resume-writing and skill-building. Take-home bags are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dressed to Read: Oct. 26 to 30: Children and teens of all ages who visit the Library in costume can pick out a free book to keep.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Oct. 1 to 31: Families with infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children are challenged to read 1000 books before Kindergarten with their child. Children who start the program during October 2020 can pick out a free book to keep. Families can pick up their program folder at the Library Information Desk.

Tyler Public Library approves membership fee exemption for TISD students

On Sept. 9, Tyler City Council approved an update to the Code of Ordinance to include a clause that exempts Tyler Independent School District (TISD) students residing outside of City limits from paying Tyler Public Library membership fees.

Non-resident minors under the age of 18, who are enrolled as students at TISD may apply for a Library card free of charge by presenting a school identification card or proof of school enrollment.

The change in the ordinance came about after COVID-19 caused many schools to refrain from checking materials out to students due to their inability to quarantine items upon return. By providing this exemption, the Library will allow students to access a wide variety of materials and digital resources that may otherwise be out of their reach.

“Over 75% of TISD students are economically disadvantaged,” said City Librarian Ashley Taylor. “It is our mission to meet our patrons’ needs for information, education and recreation, so we hope this allows more people to access these resources.”

For more information on Library cards, visit or call (903) 593-7323.

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ETX Brewery: Monster Brew Bash Fun


There’s a lot going on at the Brewery Downtown. ETX Brewing Co. is located at 221 S. Broadway, Downtown Tyler,,, (903)630-7720.

ETX Brewery offers onsite quality craft beers. Alongside it, The Porch at ETX offers wonderful food and a relaxed atmosphere.

There is live music most Friday and Saturday starting around 7pm.

Don’t hesitate to come by, have a drink and BE{ER} HAPPY! This month’s events are:

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