Yesterday afternoon, as the day began to feel as though it would never end, I received a text message that would reignite my energy. Jeff told me to pack a bag with adventure clothes; we were headed on a little getaway.
After driving about an hour and a half west and into Pennsylvania last night, we got to our hotel and passed out because Jeff told me that there would be an early wake up. I wasn’t sure what we’d be doing the next day, but since surprise dates were what our relationship was built on, I was excited to see what was in store.
We woke up early, as Jeff had promised, and headed toward Camelback Mountain, and this is when I got a clue about what we’d be doing.
A few weeks back, I read about Tree-to-Tree Adventure in Tallahassee on one of my favorite travel blogs, The World of Deej. I was intrigued at the adventure course that would take place up in the tree tops.
Jeff and I looked into adventure courses like this nearby, and discovered
We arrived at 8:45am, and this was when I admitted to Jeff that although, yes, I had mentioned that a tree top adventure course was totally up my alley, I was a bit terrified. And, rightfully so. We signed our waivers and put on the harness that was to be our lifeline during our time on the course. Sure, I was excited, but I didn’t know what to expect.
We started on the demo course, which was exactly what a demo course should be: easy. The only problem was that it was too easy, so when I entered the first course, just climbing up the ladder made me panic. Luckily, even though the course got more difficult, and higher off the ground, my nerves calmed down the more comfortable I became on the course.
Still, even though I got more comfortable on the course, I was surprised with the lack of supervision we had. The guides stayed on the ground, and were there to offer help and support when needed, but with so many people and a large area full of obstacles, it was hard for them to really attend to everyone. Luckily, we didn’t need them as much as I thought we would have.
However, because there is not much supervision, the lessons learned during the demo were extremely valuable because you are 100% responsible for what goes on in the course. And, making sure you are secure before you scramble across cables and wooden planks high above the ground is completely up to you. At first, this was a worry to me, but I found myself not needing the help of the guides at all, especially as my confidence grew.
From scramble nets to suspended bridges and swinging logs, there was no shortage of obstacles. Some took more courage and patience than others, especially the further into the course we got. But, the easiest part of the adventure was coming to a zip line, and even though I had never zip lined before, it was a lot less scary than I had imagined. This is probably because everything else we were doing was so intense in comparison.
Jeff and I were the first people on the course, which was probably my favorite part about this adventure; we had the opportunity to relax and take our time on each obstacle. As the day wore on, this became increasingly difficult for those who were behind us. The obstacles became more and more crowded, and a rowdy group of boy scouts was wrecking havoc on the course. I was so grateful that Jeff made sure we made the first time slot.
After about four hours, we finished, five courses in total, and each increasing in difficulty as you more on. After course four, I honestly was exhausted and wanted to give up, but the zip line at the end of course five was my motivation to keep going. With Jeff right in front, cheering me along, I managed to complete the entire adventure course.
The same couldn’t be said for everyone in our group. We started with eight people, but only one other couple, who were directly behind us, managed to finish all of the courses. It honestly was a work out and a lot more difficult than Jeff and I ever imagined it to be.
Overall, it was a great day and the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. It may have challenged both body and mind, but it was an adventure of a life time. If you’re looking for something a bit different to do, that also fills the need for adventure, look no further than an adventure up in the trees.