I know, I know. I have failed us both. I let life get in the way of making time to write, and I have been regretting it the entire time. So despite still having to take one more class due to Park’s error, I was determined to take myself on Chasing Stormi Adventure as a graduation gift to myself. As you already know, I am not a fan of heights. However, the hidden Kansas City gem of Go Ape Adventures seemed like the perfect challenge to get me back on track.
Described best as a 2-3 hour exhilarating outdoor activity through the forest canopy of Swope Park, this high-ropes course included suspended obstacle courses with zip lines and all! I invited my partner in crime, Kisha, knowing a few things. This girl is up for any adventure, is in ridiculous shape (which I was not), and would be the perfect support system to keep me going. Besides, if I fell at any moment she would have to report it, mostly because I would be her ride home….ha!
So here I was, in no athletic shape whatsoever, about to take on the added challenge of being suspended in the trees with no net below. Oh wait, you also get to hook yourself up to each line before working your way across with no assistance. As Kisha was so kind to point out, “If you fall and die then it’s on you.” I said she was going to be a great support system, right?
This was the same girl that insisted we take the extreme course option whenever there was a choice, gracefully made it through like a ballerina showing no real struggle, and politely shook all of the ropes before it was my turn while laughing because she knew she was pushing my comfort level, but I still loved her anyway as she shouted, “Go big or go home!” because I knew she was right. Now before you get the wrong idea, I should also tell you that she spent a majority of the course telling me how proud of me she was, and dusted off as much of the forest off my back that she could from my poor zip line landings. Yes, this girl is my Storm Chasing Sister, and I will be forever in the debt of the Universal Intelligence that put her in my path.
During our 1 hour and 42 minute adventure, (I told you she was quick) I came to realize that following things:
I dare you to check out this hidden gem of KC. I dare you to push yourself to strategically get from one tree to another with simply ropes and possibly boards. I dare you to practice your company team building! I dare you to land perfectly from the freaking zip lines like Kisha could! I dare you to challenge yourself, so that if nothing else you can celebrate each little victory and see how far YOU have come.
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!