Monday, August 15, 2011

How I Spent Katie's Birthday

I feel like in her last blog post Katie really built up my experience on her birthday.  I hope none of you thought that I wrestled a bobcat or went skydiving, cause it was a little bit less exciting than that.  My office completed a ropes course for our annual staff retreat, which was a cool way to spend the morning, and better than sitting at a desk.

We did all of the standard activities of a ropes course where you have to work as a team to get through, over, or across various obstacles and it was a good time.  The main event, however, is what's called the leap of faith tower.  (If anybody ever took Adventure Games at W&M I'm pretty sure you did this.  Also, Dave has probably done this just for fun.)  Basically, what you do is climb a 35 foot telephone pole that has rungs on either side of it.  When you get to the top, you have to slowly get yourself on top the pole and stand up.  Mind you that since it is a telephone pole, not even one of my feet can fit all the way on top of this thing. 

Now once you've got yourself situated and standing on top of this pole, which does wobble slightly, you are supposed to leap off of it and try to grab a trapeze that is hanging at eye-level about six feet away.  Now you are harnessed in as you can see in the pictures, but that doesn't change the fact that you are diving off of a telephone pole at 35 feet.  One good thing for me was that I am taller than most, so I was a bit closer to the trapeze than most others.  With nothing left to do but jump, I went Superman style:
And was able to hold on for dear life:

It was a fun experience and I am glad that I did it, but it sure was a little scary.  After the day was over I went home and finished making Katie's birthday cake.  After completing the leap of faith, it was a piece, no, that's too easy. 


jennie said...

ooh punny and adventuresome. LOVE it! i've done ropes courses and find them terrifying but have never had the courage to do the leap of faith. well done!

Elizabeth said...

this post totally lived up to my expectations! I've never been able to hold on to the trapeze so I'm very impressed!

Ashley said...

Sounds like so much fun! I loves ropes courses, although I find the "leap of faith" particularly terrifying. Way to go!

Patty said...

Don't know how you got up on that pole! Good for you Chris.