A few posts back I posted a picture from Wild Play in Nanaimo and their aerial obstacle course. I wanted to expand on this and show you just how brave the Scooterpie Clan is. I went last because I was the official photographer on the trip and as I quite often do I have to keep pushing everyone forward. This is great fun and it is very challenging and you have to have relatively good upper body strength because you are using your arms to pull yourself through on a lot of these exercises. You have to stay calm and use your balance and quite a bit of critical thinking when trying to traverse the obstacles. We were quite high up at one point and another participant from another group was emotionally and physically done, so they had to go back the way they came, which translates to going over the obstacles that fried your nerves in order to get down. There is no magic crane and no superman to swoop down and return you to terra firma. You are safely harnessed with a carabiner system where you are actually hooked up twice. It was an aweful lot of fun, it taught me about inner strength and determination, sometimes just using sheer will to get you through a difficult spot. There was a lot of pep talking going on for Moto Diva Jr and her friend. I had to do some tough love and say "JUST DO IT!" It is very unnatural for a mother to tell her kid to step off a platform whilst dangling from a harness and rope. I couldn't tell Jr that I was just as scared as she was!
Motorcycle man was my hero! He just did his thing and kept everyone moving forward. He was usually in front of the girls so that he could get on the landing platform before they came zipping over and making sure they had a good landing without backsliding.
This is looking down from the highest part of the course I think we are minimum 30 feet in the air. I have to say I was seriously wondering what the heck I was doing up here. I felt exhilarated when I had completed it and was also completely exhausted. You are swinging through the trees for approximate 2 to 3 hours. I have done this activity twice. I think I am good for the future now. I might just like to do the ziplining activities. Check out the link to Wild Play
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