Last year it took me until September to check “do something scary and adventurous” off my Summer To-Do List. I chose something that:
a. I had always been afraid of, and
b. seemed to be fun for other people (aka the Kamikaze slide at a nearby waterpark).
This year I’ve checked it off my summer list much earlier, but it was still something that:
a. I was always afraid of, and
b. seemed fun for other people.
What exactly am I talking about? Tree Go.
Tree Go is an aerial adventure course. Basically, you have a harness and three carabiners, and you make your way – on your own – from platform to platform (more than 70 of them) that are located high up in the trees. There are some ziplines, swinging bridges, monkey bars, tarzan ropes, ladders, etc. Depending on what course you can do, it can be extremely physically challenging, and if you’re scared of heights – fawgedhaboutit.
(All photos from the Tree Go website, except the one of us at the end. Obvs.)
Two years ago I did Tree Go and lemme tell you – it was NOT A PLEASANT EXPERIENCE. My anxiety disorder was pretty bad at the time, and I was out of shape. This resulted in me having a total breakdown on the course because my legs were shaking so badly that I couldn’t get across the swinging logs. So scared. So weak. In the end, my parents yelled for a guide to come get me, which resulted in a humiliating memory of me being rescued out of a tree and rapelled down to the ground by a teenage girl (who was a guide, not a random teenage girl).
I thought I would never do it again, and didn’t mind that, because it just obviously wasn’t for me. However, I am insane, and got the idea in my head that this summer I would try to redeem myself.
When Daniel suggested we head to Tree Go yesterday (he’d never done it before) I said yes without thinking twice.
And I (we) did it!
I wasn’t scared at all this time…and I found it to be just the right amount of challenge, but not too tiring since I did a triathlon run-through that morning. Daniel put this photo on Facebook and my bestie texted me:
“Molly, you did Tree Go?????”
I think everyone who knows about my first attempt two years ago are shocked. Myself included!
See my updated Summer To-Do list here.