I've got some exciting new developments for ya this week! I just got back from a wonderful weekend at the Killary Adventure Center. We left Friday to the lodge and started our adventures Saturday morning. We got to pick all of our activities so i decided to go kayaking and gorge walking first. Its a bit cold on the west of Ireland so they made us wear wet suits which keep you suprisingly warm. It was a bit too windy so we didn't get a lot of time in the water. But to my suprise....they had another activity for us inbetween the kayaking and gorge walking. CLIFF JUMPING!!!! Um yes! I had to be the first one to go. So nerve racking and fun at the same time. It really wasn't a super tall one, but i think thats a good one to start on than. I loved it so much i went twice :) And for those of you who don't know what gorge walking is(i didn't), its basically walking up a stream/waterfall. I think i only fell once, so that was a successful day for me.
The second activity that afternoon we were supposed to do this 40 foot freefall swing thing, but it was too windy so they canceled it. Instead we did rock climbing and a high ropes course.(which i think turned out to be way more fun anyway) The first activity was a 25 foot pole that 4 people stand on. Of course i was the first to volunteer for this one too. Let me tell you, my ambission is much bigger than my ability, but i feel like thats a family trait. I was the second one to go up, and honestly the worst part was standing up there waiting for the other 2 to come up while the pole is swaying in the wind. We finally got all 4 of us up there, which felt like a miraclt, and than the real challenge came. All four of us had to start leaning back until we formed a circle. We didn't get very far before we all fell. Its amazing how that little experience bonded my friends and i about 50 times more than we already had bonded. The second activity which i volunteered to do again was a different pole about 30 feet tall that 2 people had to stand on and than jump off onto a trapeze. Again the worst part was standing on there waiting for the other person to come up. They all counted us down 3-2-1-jump! We missed by about an inch and did a little free fall until the ropes caught us. Loved it! Don't worry, even though i didn't get it the first time i tried it again and suceeded.
Last day i signed up for the zip wire and the killary challenge. The zip wire is basically a wire that you glide down. It was pretty fun, but i wanted it to go faster. The other challenges we did were sorts of team building activities and more height stuff. Seemed to be very popular among this adventure center. The very last activity of the day was 100% optional, meaning that it wasn't even a choice for me. Unfortuanately i was the only one in my group that wanted to do it. I jumped into a bog, a big pond of mud. My first jump i went in straight to my knees and it took me about 3 minutes to get my legs out. once i was on top of the mud i literally rolled over to the ' water' part of it and jumped in. I was expecting a pond, but much to my suprise it was a watery version of the mud i had just jumped in. I was covered head to toe in mud. I will never regret doing that. I felt like a kid! The worst part about it is that i took 3 showers today and finally got all the stuff out of my hair. Oh good times.