This weekend served many purposes. Its original intent came from my boyfriend and I celebrating our 1 year anniversary. I figured we could do something nice- a dinner out, some type of concert or show, but my man quickly put the breaks on my suggestions and took the opportunity to plan the weekend, and let me tell you, he ran with it. I was very happy about this, as I plan out everything in my life, to the minute… so when someone else takes charge, I also run with that opportunity. He drove, he called the hotel and places we went to reserve everything, and he told me what to bring. He even had everything packed up before I got home from work. Ah it was beautiful.
Now I have something to admit, Im the girl that bought a hot red mustang and didnt speed in it, and I recently bought my dream car, a 2012 Jeep Wrangler, Sport edition, and I had no intentions of truly 4 wheeling in it. My heart even dropped when we first took off the doors. Yeah, I like to look good…maybe enjoy basking in the sun of intentions and talking the talk. Walking the walk is a whole ‘nother monster. If my body looked amazing naturally, who knows if Id even work out the way I do. I dont know if my hesitations come from 3 knee surgeries at a young age or being the oldest of 6- feeling the pressure of responsibility all the time. Risk taking is not easy for me. I will give myself credit and say Ive taken a lot of risks with my body in the past few years that I might not have ever done. This includes immersing my body in freezing water, biking with bloody numb fingers, and running on a pair of legs that couldnt take me down a soccer field years ago. Now Im even taking ownership of just how powerful I am of an instructor, coach, and mentor. I never thought I could be someone who people could look up to, seek advice from, and impact. I know Im only hurting myself and others by not making myself available, and so here I am. Trust me theres still so much work to do.
Now, I always encourage people to push…but sometimes you need to throw yourself in a situation or even better yet, with partners, who will take you to that next level. This is why people talk about going to group exercise classes or signing up for a personal trainer, let the instructor/trainers push you, or only surrounding yourself by positive encouraging people, because they WILL rub off on you. I would by lying if I said I didnt have to pull back the reigns on my boyfriend from time to time, but his ideas of an active, hiking, ziplining, 4 wheeling, staying in a tree house adventure all made my eyes light up. I love his ideas, I loved the thought of this. Now the hard part was letting it happen.
So we arrived there before the sun was going down, and the arrival was questionable. We
were pulled over from a Park Ranger who I kid you not performed the whole “you dont seem like youre from around here” skit, but fortunately drove us to the cabin we were staying at as we were a tad lost. We then arrived and a man with crazy dreads and rob zombie beard greeted us, with his kids axing firewood behind him, and behind them, a grave yard. All I kept thinking was I just hope Im not a horror movies true life inspiration here. The family ended up being great and we hiked up to our tree house (not an easy hike up or down). The trek made the cabin seem all that more peaceful and beautiful upon settling. That night we unpacked, and headed to the local restaurants and shops, exploring Red River Gorge Kentucky. I even enjoyed a burger and fudge. Taking advantage of my motto to indulge once a week food wise!
The next day we woke up early to go Ziplining! It was a wonderful experience. I had been before but we were able to meet the two gentleman running the course, and really were able to connect with how wonderful of a place we were at. A lot of people werent originally from Kentucky, but retired here, calling it a “special place”. The ziplining owner actually got into this field because he didnt want to cut all the trees down in the land. So he preserved the land and made an awesome vacationer’s stop out of it. I also didnt know this was a huge spot for climbers. Rock climbers. It was pretty funny that I was feeling uneasy about the adventures we were about to undergo, while Im surrounded by people that dangle from cliffs…from their fingertips! They frequented a place called the “Mother Load”. It was hilarious in that we didnt even see people ever. Just parked cars…these “climbers” were either underground, above ground, hiding away, hanging away. This I do not know, but it was surely a different world!
Outside of a crazy tunnel, before ziplining.
Going on down!
At the end of our ziplining tour, there was a crazy cliff that we took some fun pics at!
We had some lunch and went back to home base. Now everything before this was pretty much in the safe zone for me. I felt pretty in control, and nothing was too out of line compared to what Id done before. Now we were about to hit up the “Mother Load” trails where we could off road. Despite this montage of awesome pics, I felt sick to my stomach several times sitting in quiet as my boyfriend woot wooted the whole time. I wanted to do this myself, and I wanted to enjoy it…but I definitely was pushing my limits. Maybe its the fact that I bought the car just recently and kept imagining us ruining it or maybe I just never like to get things all that dirty, but I didnt truly breathe until we were done. Im not planning on going four wheeling every weekend, but Im glad we did it and broke in my Jeep more than a lot of my fellow Jeep owners have ever broke theirs in. I’ve muddied the tires and we have officially put the car in 4 wheel drive. I now know how powerful my Jeep is. Its a brute baby! Just like anything else I wouldnt have imagined how cool of a car this really is unless I fully let go and did something I NEVER would have done on my own.
Maria getting dirty!
Dont feed the bears, hug them.
Yup thats my Jeep!
Post Ziplining, Hiking, and 4 Wheelin’, we grabbed grub at local rock climbers camp spot “Miguels”. Proof that a healthy salad tasted WAY better than my burger and fries. Not lying. This salad made me very happy.
Now after this weekend of exploring the uncomfortable, youd think Id be stressed out or all wired up. Yet in fact, I slept like a baby and really enjoyed the time away. Im closer to my guy of one year, realizing we can survive a camping weekend away, I now can brag about how brave I can be, and I definitely wont be as scared to muddy my tires as I was before. If I were you I woudnt walk near any puddles in the case that I get a little crazy, itching to explore the uncomfortable once again. My advice to you, if it feels a little scary but you know the results will be worth it, GO FOR IT. Push through that little bit of fear and enjoy the ride 🙂