Saturday, 29 March 2008

Photo Overload

For which I am not apologizing. Yesterday we went to "Go Ape" at Delamere Forest and had an absolute blast, we are suffering a little today with some aches and pains but Hay ho. After we had both been in work Pete and I took the birthday boy and his brother and we did this, first off we had to learn how to use the safety gear.

Then they had to try and persuade me that I was actually enjoying myself despite the strong gusts of wind bending the trees that we were in while I was 30-50ft up the bloody things.

This 12 year old guy had no such problem and threw himself at everything full speed.

Matt was a little more cautious but did throw himself into it, just a little bit slower than Kyle.

Pete just did his ministry of silly walks impression

So I had to join in, see how relaxed I look by this point.

There are 5 stages each one getting harder and higher than the last, this is stage 4, yes it went higher than this.

Coming down is much more fun than going up.

We managed the whole course and 3 of us managed the large tarzan swing where you had to jump from a platform 50ft up in a sort of bungee fashion before you swing across to a cargo net that you catch and climb back up, scary stuff. I know because I was the first one to throw myself off, it wasn't me that chickened out but I won't tell you that it was Matt that was too scared as that would embarrass him. The whole course took us 3 hours and we are now planning to do another Go Ape at Pooles Cavern in Derbyshire very soon, just not on a windy day.

After all the excitement we went home, had a very quick shower and then darted out to Chester to go for a meal to celebrate Kyle's birthday. By the time we got home we were all exhausted but we still found the energy to light these

and eat some of it. This picture will be my SPS for today as I didn't take the ones of us at Go Ape - obviously.


maz said...

Wow! Good for you! We have a go ape near us in the Forest of Dean but so far I have managed to avoid going. I think my days are numbered though as Oli is about to reach the minimum age and will insist on going!

Mima said...

Rach it looks like fantastic fun, I'm glad that you got into it in the end even if it was a bit scary to start with. It sounds like a fantastic day, and I'm so glad that it all worked out. One day if I manage to be physically able I am going to have a go, the swing definitely looks like the best bit!

Zoe said...

Wow - looks like you had a blast! I'd give it a go (she says from the safety of her own home!) but there's no chance of me getting the OH up there! Can't even get him up a ladder! :)

SuzyB said...

Looks like you had a great day! Well done for doing it all, and happy birthday to Kyle :o) x

Anonymous said...

Oh my Rach - want some of my happy pills to recover??? :o)

etteY said...

WOW!!! looks fun!!

pokettiger said...

What a great family experience! Wonderful photos.

Monkee Maker said...

Loving the shots of you and your boys monkeying around in the trees!