Full moons and meteor showers might be a good excuse to try a nighttime zipline tour high above the trees near Yosemite National Park.
"The most exciting thing about ziplining at night is you can't see where you are headed," says Wade Beane, manager of Zip Yosemite. "It's just really fun, a mystery."
Zip Yosemite at the Calvin Crest Retreat Center in Oakhurst, Calif., sits at 5,000 feet in elevation in the Sierra National Forest. The location isn't inside the park, but it is far from the light pollution of civilization, leaving zipliners with clear views of the star-studded night sky.
The company started operations in late 2012 and is completing its first summer season. Beane says he plans to offer nighttime ziplining year-round, depending on the weather, of course. (Zip Tahoe at Kirkwood ski resort in the Lake Tahoe area offers moonlight zips until Sept. 15.)
During the two-hour night tour, guides point out constellations, the moon and meteor showers. "We have a full horizon-to-horizon view of the nighttime sky," he says.
The adventure above the trees begins at 7:30 p.m. while it's still light. Participants become familiar with the platforms and ziplines before it gets completely dark, Beane says. The nighttime excursions travel on four lines -- one with a 45-foot drop -- and a few bridges from treetop to treetop.
Night tours cost $79 a person; longer daytime zipline tours are $99 a person.