I am writing to you, RoCo, with sore muscles and an adrenaline rush! Why? I am just getting back from TreeTop Quest at Explore Park, and my friend Keara joined me!
Heading into it, Keara and I thought this was going to be a breeze, and I definitely would not have said I’m scared of heights. I still wouldn’t say I’m scared of heights but I will whole-heartedly admit I do have a phobia of falling. Luckily, though, I did not fall!
Keara and I got harnessed up and taught the basics on the “ground school” course. When I made it across the zipline, which couldn’t be more than six feet off the ground, I realized I had my eyes closed as I zipped across… This was only the beginning!
We started off on the beginner, level one course with Keara leading the way. We were much higher off the ground for this course and everything was more wobbly than I thought it would be. I took it really slow and then we got to a part where we had two ropes that would crisscross… and we had to go across. It was terrifying!! Once I started across though there was no going back and I eventually made it across! Some other elements of the course were various stepping stones, a zipline or two, some netting, and a rock-climbing wall. Each element led us to a new challenge until we made it all the way through the course.
We took on the zip line course next, which I thought was going to be a relaxing break. We were really high in the trees, so this produced a whole different anxiety, but once we got the swing of things, each zip became a breeze. Keara had a GoPro camera on to catch some sweet footage.
We went jumping on the net trampoline as a fun reward for conquering our fears up in the air. The trampoline is large, so there’s plenty of room to safely jump around nestled in the trees!
Was my anxiety through the roof 90% of the time? Yes. Do I wish I had remembered to log an exercise on my watch before beginning? Also, yes. Would I do it again? Yes, again! One of the first things I did when getting back from this adventure was call my sister to tell her she had to visit before the month is up so we could go!
Now that my fear of falling is conquered (at least with regard to TreeTop Quest), I can’t wait to go back again to soak in the challenge! Who wants to join me?
Catch me next time on the roam!