88 year old Melva has been adventurous all of her life. She has flown in a glider airplane, gone parasailing, and even learned to pilot an aircraft. There was one thing, however, that Melva had always wanted to do but never had the chance to—zip lining.
When Melva wasn’t adventuring, she was often dedicating her time to volunteering—an activity she is still passionate about. She was involved in the Senior Citizens Club in Cayucos, CA, and served as their President for 2 years. She also volunteered as a Camp Fire Girl Leader for 7 years when her daughter was a child. She currently helps out around Brookdale San Jose, attending to anyone who may need her help. Melva even assisted in organizing a flea-market sale that benefited the hourly associates there.
When Melva’s wish was finally granted on July 15, 2016, it brought her to sunny Scott’s Valley, CA, where she and her son-in-law, David, zip lined at Mount Herman Adventures. The pair was able to complete the Redwood Canopy Tour, spending two hours on six different zip lines and two sky bridges that rose up to 150 feet in the air.
Despite people often telling her that she can’t do things because she’s old, Melva believes that “…you just have to get in and try something new,” and she’s not planning on slowing down any time soon.
“This experience made Melva feel very energized and ready for the next adventure,” said David. “Melva spent her next day making sure that everybody knew what she did.”
Melva’s next goal is to go skydiving when she’s 90.
Photo credit: Mount Hermon Adventures