Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Olivia's Adventurous Birthday Party

Originally this girl wasn't going to come but she changed her mind. It was cool and sad to see her trying to hang with the older girls. I am  the oldest but I can see where being the little sister is tough. Kylie is a great friend to both of them so it helped during the sleepover.
By the end of the day we had decided we definitely needed to come back and try it ourselves.
After falling in love with the rope course at Great Wolf Lodge we have been talking about this park opening and Olivia decided this would be her 13th birthday party with 3 friends. It came early as we are super busy around her birthday and this was our best fit.
The weather was nice yet a little chilly and windy. Sadly the wind closed a few of the courses for safety but the girls got to do 3 courses and still had a great time over 2 hours.

After they were all harnessed up they were brought over to a practice station and I soon learned that they were in control of their whole adventure. Um, what??? They were taught how to lock themselves onto the tree and then the line and how to hook their zip line up themselves. I followed alone with the directs as well so I could attempt to help from the ground. I soon noticed that it really is a fail-safe system that one hook can not be removed until the next is secured and at no time are you ever just standing or climbing without being tethered to something.

These next couple photos were their first steps onto the course and it was funny and slow. They were deliberate with their movements and paid attention. I was quite proud of them. Ava and I both played spotter from the ground giving advice and the employees also helped with encouragement on a few that we needed direction or just a "You can do this!!" on one that was basically walking across a 2X6 that was suspended on its side. I will be honest I might have cried too but Olivia crossed and did this course a second time before we left at 2pm.

The timing worked out great too. As you were making your way across the next person was setting up all their equipment so it was a smooth transition.
Below you can see just as Kylie is coming across that 2X6's, Hanna was hooking up to climb the ladder and Drea was prepping to cross next.Olivia is already up the ladder and secured to the tree.

This below is Hanna. I think this was the scariest of all routes that I saw and she was the only one to do it. They closed it before Liv could get on. Her mother showed up just after this and was not surprised. Apparently Hanna is a regular risk taker.

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Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44
05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05
06/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26
06/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05
07/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52
08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31
08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30
10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10
05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17
05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50
08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37
10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00
09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31
10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20
08/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29
05/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
06/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04 14:35
09/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24 12:02
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41 12:10
11/27/14 Turkey Trot in VA 5K 35:22 11:23
12/06/14 Jingle Jog 5K 34:42 11:11
03/29/15 Thomas Guinta Memorial 5K 34:14 11:03
04/19/15 St. Margaret's 5K 31:11 10:21
05/17/15 YPD Blues 5K 34:58 11:17
06/07/15 Newport 10 Miler 1:56:09 11:36
06/20/15 Mackenzie's 5K 33:55 10:54
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:33:51 13:24
10/31/15 Screech at the Beach 36:19 11:40
5/20/18 YPD Run to Remember 37.37 12:08