Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Zip Through the Woods

We had a great family fun day yesterday.  We went to a place called Kletterwald ( which  means climbing forest).  Its a zip line/ obstacle climbing place in the woods, and we had a blast.  To start, we had to get harnessed in.  The guy in front was quite cute, and that is Olivia in the back making sure my rear is secure.

After a short course in safety & a practice run about 3 feet of the ground, we set off on the first course.  Here is Alex getting ready for his first zip line.  I am really proud of him because he is quite afraid of heights.

Erika made the whole thing look easy, you can see me in the background starting on another zip line. 

Here Erika, Alex, Adam and I are working our way through Course #2.

Skateboarding through the trees was way more fun than skateboarding on the ground.

Obstacle course #3 was quite the challenge.  These suspended bars were not steady at all but swung and wobbled all over the place.  Olivia looks like she is just zipping across these, but in reality it took a good while, with some panic thrown in.  I was covered in sweat after these and I had to check to see if my arms were still with me.  

Shortly thereafter we encountered this...

Actually, Olivia and I were there first, but just could not get across, so when Adam got there, he demonstrated and we followed.

The a slight misshap - I say slight, I am sure Adam felt differently.

While swinging across the treetops a la Tarzan, the saftey rope was caught between Adams legs, and brought him to an abrupt halt in mid-air.  After giving a not so Tarzan-like yelp, due to the sensitive location of the rope, his faithful sister reeled him back in.

He needed a bit of time to recover, but finished the course and went on to conquer the expert course.

BTW, that Tarzan swing was almost too much.  Although, my arms are used to the rigors of almost daily stitching, they were in no way prepared to haul my body weight from tree to tree on a rope.  

Here is Erika giving her audience a dazzling smile.


Now that my arms and legs felt like noodles, I decided to skip the expert course - thank goodness.  Alex & Erika kept me company.  My DH said it was one of the hardest things he has done... and it was really high ( I too have a bit of thing about heights).

Here is Adam climbing up the rock wall - note the height, and Olivia starting the longest zip line

Here we are at the end of our adventure.  It was so much fun, but I don't have to tell you how many of my muscles are sore today!

I did a great deal of work towards organizing my stash - I spent several days on my fibers.

I now have a database of most of my stash - I have found a number of chart doubles ( very aggravating) and charts missing that I could have sworn I had... but I am almost done with the whole process, which should eliminate at least the doubling of charts... those missing charts will remain a mystery.

I also sat down these last two days and hit the ATS cloud hard and am happy to report ( to the tune of "The witch is dead" from Wizard of Oz  : "Ding, dong the cloud is done, the cloud is done, the cloud is done, ding dong the boring cloud is dooooone!"

That wraps up last week with the exception of the lovely giveaway I won, but more on that next time.  Hope all of you had a lovely Independence Day weekend.


  1. WOW!! What a cool Mom you are! That looks like loads of fun but I'm with you about the noodle arms...I'd be feeling that day trip for a week!
    I'm envious of your beautiful floss stash. All those colors look so pretty together.
    Thanks for sharing your "zip trip" with us!

  2. Ok, you're 1.) much braver than I am (I to have a thing about heights), and 2.) in much much much better shape than I am! There's no way I'd survive an attempt at a place like that! I am so totally impressed by you! That's so great that you all did that -- looks like fun. I think. lol! Good stuff on the stash organizing. I so need to do that. Love your ATS -- congrats on getting that cloud done! It's looking so pretty!

  3. WOW! Looks like a great time. I dont know if I would be able to do that I think those swinging stairs woudl do me in LOL

    Looks like alot of fun though.
    ATS looks great. This piece always stunns me it is such a pretty design.
    Take Care

  4. Wow, what an amazing adventure! I'm with you on the noodle arms and discovering muscles I can't remember having. Looks like it was so much fun.

    Your ATS loos fab so far. Yay for finishing that cloud!

  5. You would never get me up there
    Sounds like you need counseling - lol

    Hope you had a blast
    Take Care

  6. Wow! Such bravery going through those obstacle courses. I don't think I would have made it through the first one, lol.

    I love the ending and will probably have that song in my head the rest of the night! Great stitching progress!!

  7. You are a brave, brave woman. I would be so freaked out!! I always see them doing stuff like that on Amazing Race and think, I don't think I could do it. But, one of these days, maybe. You are such an inspiration with that cloud. First asteroids, then cloud. I'm determined to get those things outlined!!! Your ATS really is so pretty in the HDF - beautiful. And p.s. - my verification word for comments - "ropeless". No doubt.

  8. Like Michelle said, you are an inspiration! I would never be able to do that, or watch my family do it. My freakishness about heights is pretty bad. The thrill must be amazing, though! Great pics--you have a gorgeous family.

    Love your ATS!