Cold, Covered in Paint, And Crawling Through Mud… Now That’s A Date!

 

Arm By Paint Ball

Arm By Paint Ball

 

It pretty much goes without saying that our idea of a fun date doesn’t exactly line up with your typical internet dating site “What’s Your Idea of a Fun Date” response. Therefore, it shouldn’t shock you that we were completely amped about spending 5 hours in 40 degree weather, covered in mud & paint, crawling through the woods in Roanoke, TX at DFW Adventure Park.

This place is in the middle of

 

Paintball Adventure Course

Paintball Adventure Course

 

nowhere (we passed a house with a cow in the front yard) and is huge. They have about 20 paint ball courses, a Moto Cross course, and zip lining. It’s not your typical throw up a few inflatables or barriers and call it a day type of place. Many of the courses involve water, bridges, forest, and buildings.

We had a blast! The funniest part of the entire day was that we decided to go eat at a restaurant immediately after paintball with no wardrobe change or shower. That was very amusing to say the least :).

Enjoy the videos! In order: (1)Interviews — just Ab and I discussing our mad paintball skills. (2) The Action — paint ball action video (3) The Wardrobe Change — J might have gotten a little cold punked out and went and bought some camo… Not saying it’s true but there’s this ugly rumor floating around.

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Where’d He Get That Mouth?

Saying my oldest son is not modest would be the equivalent of saying Mt.Everest is a little hill… I have no idea where he got this over inflated sense of self.

What?

Quit snickering damn it!

I decided to stay and watch him at MMA (what, you don’t let your kids cage fight?) a couple of weeks ago and experienced a real treat. My dear son is telling this guy who happens to be much more experienced than him how he is going to make him tap out..

Well, needless to say that is not what transpired. It was so funny I had to break out the phone video recorder.

I asked my son if he learned he anything to which he responded “I should have worn different shorts…”

Blank stare.

Rock on Khalil. Rock on.

Off to a Rocky Start

Dallas Rock Indoor Rock Climbing

Actual Good Indoor Rock Climbers

Saturday, Ab and I decided to go indoor rock climbing at Dallas Rocks . I had heard that it was really good for bouldering — not that I have ANY competency in bouldering. That’s just what I heard. (I didn’t want you to have any misconceptions there :)) The facility had plenty of space and well laid out. However, you might not want to go on a Saturday. They were having a birthday party (or several) with about a kajillion (what do you mean that’s not a real number?) kids which meant our instruction was a bit rushed and a few parts left out. We didn’t learn until we were leaving that the colored tape designated paths up the wall that range from 5.5 (easy) to 5.xx (yeah right buddy). Oh well we will leverage that little nugget of knowledge next time.

Rock climbing is one of those things that looks really fun and is packed with mental and physical challenges. There’s just one teeny tiny problem.. It’s hard as hell. We are never ones to pass up a challenge, so we got outfitted with harness, shoes and a shared bag of chalk. It cost about $49.00 for three people (my oldest son was with us).

We tried top roping and free climbing (bouldering) walls since you have to have a special certification to do lead climbing (not that there was any chance what so ever that I was going to attempt lead climbing).

I can’t by any stretch of the imagination say we have any level of expertise at climbing, but it was fun. We’re going to do it again. It seems like something we should be better at. Maybe next time we should splurge for a lesson.


Coming Up Next…

Urban Dare

Urban Dare

Ab and I are competing the the Urban Dare adventure race on 12/12 in Ft.Worth. Urban Dare is a race involving physical or mental dares, trivia, and photos. 2 person teams try to solve clues and be the first to finish. An example clue from the DC race:

 He settled a dispute over this moniker in an eight-hour shooting match with William Comstock. You’ll need to be a good shot, too. Visit his place and throw a bull’s-eye to move on. This dare does not open until 11:30. Plan your course accordingly.

The course is usually 5 to 7 miles and has a 5 hour time limit. You can not drive or bike to find the check points –  you have to walk, run, or use public transportation (yeah, okay). You can use mobile devices.

If you are in DFW on 12/12 come cheer us on. You know how I feel about winning — It’s how you play the game & whether you win or lose — don’t get it twisted lol.

 

Bored Kid? How’s About a Little MMA

Well, it’s not just Abdul and I that have adventures. We involve the entire gang. This week Khalil (my oldest) started MMA. I’m sure I’ll be getting some kind of parenting award any day now for letting my 14 year old cage fight…. Either that or a call from CPS…

Ahhh… good times!

 

Weekend Get Away Part 4: Rafting

Catch Up: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5  All the Rafting Photos 

 
 
 
 

The Raft

The Raft

So Ab and I can’t swim. If there are 2 people that can’t swim, what better thing to do thousands of miles away from home no where near medical personnel than to jump into a piece of inflatable plastic in fast moving water? I’m waiting… See you can’t think of anything either.

 

Costa Rica is well known for adventure sports and has many rivers well suited for rafted.  We were tackeling the Pacuare River which has class II through IV level rapids. ‘Cuz we don’t need no stinking entry level rapids!

Ab was very apprehensive about rafting…  hahah.. Kidding… The guides gave us some introductory lessons “Forward left”, “Forward right” “Back”

Ab's Pensive Raft Pose

Ab's Pensive Raft Pose

 “Down!”  “Oh Shit”  that’s not really one but I heard it a lot on the raft :). The first day, rafting in the rapids were pretty tame. It rained over night which took the rapids up a notch. You have not lived until you have been completely under muddy water with complete strangers.  We rafted in with a couple from Boston that were quite the athletic pair. I will not comment on the picture snapping couple we rafted out with.

The Costa Rican rain forest is definitely one of the coolest places I’ve ever been in my life. I could have easily spent a week or a month just disconnecting from everyday life there. It felt really freeing to be out there on the raft filthy in the water.

In the Rapids

In the Rapids

On the Raft

On the Raft

Weekend Get Away Part 5: Zip Lining

Catch Up: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4  All Zip Lining Photos

Well rafting in rain forest and sleeping in a hut just weren’t enough for us to maximize our Costa Rican fun. What other nice relaxing things can we do…. oh I don’t know…. what to do…what to do. How about being suspended 80+ feet in the air on a cable and sliding between trees faster than you can ride a bike? Good idea!

Side note.. it is probably not a good idea for the adventure guides to tell a story about how one of the workers cut three of his fingers off due to his hand being in the wrong position before your turn… I’m just saying…You know for marketing purposes you probably want to save that story to the end. Make a mental note.

Adventuring Couple from Boston

Adventuring Boston Couple

After eating we went to the hut and changed for zip lining. Hat check – check. Gloves – check . Weird crotch harness thingy – check. One other couple from Boston went with us. The hubby said one of the funniest lines I have ever heard while adventuring “Oh God do I have to go on that?!? I think my balls just went back into my body.”

We were dressed and ready to go!

  The guides might have left out one tiny detail about zip lining — the 20 minute hike straight up the side of a muddy mountain side. Yeah. Now, I like a a little jungle hike in the heat as much as the next girl, but a little warning might be nice :).
Costa Rica Zip Line Adventure

Going Up the Side of the Hill on the "Trail"

After we we made it to the top of the hill, the guides explained to us how the zip lining would work. Looks easy enough. The course consisted of about 12 zip lines high in the tree tops and ended with a repel back to the ground.

It started to rain just a bit but it was a welcome development — for me at least.

We also so quite a few bullet ants. With my very extensive research of the rain forest (watching something on Discovery Channel because I couldn’t find the remote) I knew to stay away from those bad boys.

What's Up with this Pose Dude

What's Up with this Pose Dude

So I’m all gung ho to get on the zip line right. And wouldn’t you know while I’m all big talk I get stuck in the middle of the zip line! wth?
 
When you get stuck on the zip line, you have to pull yourself across. Luckily, I’ve been doing a lot of tricep work in the gym so I had it waaay under control.
 
Ab was a natural at zip lining (I mean other than hitting the tree at the end — yeah other than that he was perfect heheh.)
Ab on Zip Line
Ab on Zip Line