The night before Aaron was set to leave home for college (a short 45-minute drive away), we decided to do something exciting as a family. While in Minnesota for the summer, we planned to go on a fun outdoor adventure/ziplining day, only to find out that they were closed on our last available day. So, to make up for it, Aaron found a local place that was a good match - Ryze Adventure Park. Ryze has a four-story tall adventure tower with over 100 unique different obstacles. It really was the perfect fit for my high-adventure-loving son. And an equally beautiful place for my less-adventure-loving daughter to take her first leap.
High adventure means high safety. When you see all the things that my kids are about to do, remember that their safety system is a double-click system, meaning that they aren't able to unclip from the safety wires that would catch them if they fall until they come all the way off the course. And like many other climbing programs, a lot of how high you go is up to you. You start at a level that feels comfortable and only go as high as you want and when you are ready.
They just kept going, trying out each obstacle, continuing to work at putting one foot in front of the other. Jason and I were incredibly proud of both of them. Aaron was so patient with Emma, and Emma just kept going.
And decided to take the plunge and come down with the free fall after all!!!! It was a great ending to a really wonderful family evening.
And as promised, this experience was such a great fit for Aaron that he asked for an application when we were done and enjoys "playing" at Ryze on the regular. He loves getting paid to have fun and getting to help lots of people (including Girl Scouts like mine) to work through the obstacles you see. If you haven't had the chance to check it out yet, what are you waiting for?!
Until next time,