A Walk through the Trees
- July 17, 2013
- By Ariana Purcell
- Categories: Past Articles
Happy summer! I hope you are having a fantastic summer so far, and I hope you are doing a bunch of fun things like me! For my first week of summer vacation, I got to go up to Lake Tahoe with my grandma and two sisters. We spent a week there, everyday doing something new and exciting. Whether it was river rafting down the Truckee River or just hiking in the woods, each day was filled with fun!
One particular event I would like to talk about is my “Tree Top Adventure” in Tahoe City, CA located at the Granlibakken Lodge. The Tahoe Tree Top Adventure Park has 70 plus platforms, 16 zip lines, towering bridges, rope courses and so much more. It is hard to explain, it is something you must do it for yourself because it is a fun and exciting adventure you do not want to miss.
You are given a harness to wear, instructions on using the equipment and rules on how to climb and traverse the trees. I started off doing the kids course, called the Flying Squirrel, just to get the hang of climbing the courses and zip lining through the trees.
After going through the three different kid courses, learning to climb the courses one by one, and after graduating from the easiest to the hardest course, I decided I was ready for the Adult course-also known as the Monkey Course.
I started by putting on a new harness, which was more complex with two clips, I learned that while doing the Monkey Course, I would have to un-clip and clip myself to the ropes while on the course, which meant I was hanging from the trees unattached. I also learned that the Monkey course was much higher up in the air than the Kid courses. While doing my first Adult course, labeled “The Fuzzy Bunny”, I got the hang of unclipping and clipping myself to the ropes, but I have to admit, you have to pay attention a lot more while climbing the adult course, because if you were to forget to clip on, you could fall… however, I felt very safe and confident in my abilities. Also going through the adult course was rougher on my body; I used muscles that I didn’t usually use, making me feel the strain and soreness of them the next day!
Doing the Tree Top Adventure definitely made my summer start with a bang! The view from the tops of the trees was amazing! It was definitely a fun thing to do with my family, and everyone enjoyed it and had a blast! I would recommend this to anyone and everyone! So if you are looking for an adventure, you know where to go!
I hope your summer is going well, and Happy Fourth!