Because we are closed on Sundays, there were no April Fools’ jokes or pranks this year. However, it is a great time to reminisce about the joke we pulled last year. And so the story begins…
April 1st, 2011. It was a normal day in Gatlinburg, TN. The birds were chirping and flowers were beginning to bloom. Bears were caught yawning after awakening from such a deep sleep. Ants began their harvest in order to have enough food to feed Hopper and the other grasshoppers. Spring was in the air. People from all over the world were flocking to CLIMB Works Canopy (ok, there might be a little embellishment). Families were zip lining and having a great time. Friendships were made. Challenges and fears were overcome. Again, it was a normal day.
Yet this was no normal day. This was April Fools’ Day. So one of our very own, Ashley, was working in the office this day. She had the wonderful idea to pull a prank on the next group of customers about to head up on the zip lines. Those of you who have been zip lining with us know that you have two guides – one sending guide and one receiving guide. The receiving guide goes first while the sending guide is the last one off the platform.
The guides gave their normal safety instruction and started up the mountain with their group. So far so good. Once they arrive at the top, the whole group makes their way to the first platform. You can tell the nervous ones by the large amount of sap already stuck to their hands – a natural consequence of making it to second base with a Pitch Pine.
The receiving guide hooks himself up to the first zip line of the tour and leaps off towards the next platform. So far so good. Then comes the part where the sending guide SHOULD hook up the customers next, only she decides to hook up herself to the zip line and leaps off towards the next platform. So here are nine customers on a platform with no guides!
Little do they know that there is another guide on the platform, only he is disguised as a customer. We will call him the Guide in Disguise.
You could hear a few customers protest, “Are we supposed to hook up ourselves?!” One guy confidently said, “I think I remember how they did it. Do we just go?” Amidst the anxiety, fear, and confusion, the Guide in Disguise finally revealed himself by ripping off his business suit…urhh I mean sweatshirt to reveal to the customers his CLIMB Works t-shirt, proving his validity as staff and certified guide at CLIMB Works.
Laughs were had and everything went back to normal. Spring was in the air.
Meanwhile Ashley, the brains behind the operation, is still in the office anxiously waiting to hear how it went. The Guide in Disguise came down and instead of telling Ashley the truth, he turned the April Fools’ joke on her, telling her that the customers hated it and wanted their money back.
Moral of the story: As an April Fooler, be careful that the April Foolees don’t find a way to become the April Foolers and fool you into becoming the April Foolee.