Saturday, August 18, 2012

School is grand... (If thats possible)

So, the first day of school flew by. I like everyone in my class (Mostly) and all my teachers seem to like me. So, I'm content.

On the second day of school we had our annual 8th grade Leadership Field Trip. Every 8th grader goes  to a campsite and participates in fun activities that help team building and leadership. It was super fun! They had a huge zip line (I did it 2 times!), a rock wall, and a thing called the Solo Challenge.
I shall explain all the activities I was brave enough to do in order.

1. Zip Line. OH MY GOODNESS. You know that feeling you get when you know you are safe, but you still feel like you are going to die? I had that... The whole way.
First, they put a harness on you that's really tight and uncomfortable, but it helps you to not fall to a horrible death, so I put up with it. Then, they strapped you to the Zip Line, and after checking it 30 times they made you sit on this huge huge deck thing, where they launch you off. I sat down on the edge with my feet dangling off the side. Thoughts ran through my head.
I've always wanted to fly. That made me laugh nervously. What if the cord snaps?! That made me gulp. What if I scream so loud I look like a loser? That made me clamp my mouth shut.
So, as those three thoughts ran through my head, I didn't even notice the lady in charge was counting till "lift off"
I jumped off the platform and started zip lining towards my destination. I flew over a huge lake, which made me gulp loudly. Then, I stopped when a guy (staff member) applied the breaks and I realized I was laughing so hard I was crying. The guy asked me if I was okay, and I replied, "Yeah. I'm fine. I was just laughing."
He gave me a weird look, but helped me off anyway and sent me on my way. It was AMAZING! The feeling of flying through the air with nothing holding you back.... *sigh* I envy birds.

2. The Rock Wall:
This... was... challenging.
I've never been a muscular girl. So, when my friend dared me to do the hardest one, I hesitated, then agreed. I couldn't back down! My pride is awful.
So, I climbed the highest one and hardest one... And, only made it half way. IT WAS SCARY! And, I only stopped because there was nothing to put my right arm on, and the wind was drying my eyes.

3. The Solo Challenge.

The Solo Challenge is a complicated event. You have to climb up a wooden pole (I climbed up one the size of a telephone pole) with ridges on the side, and jump onto a trapeze then fall down. But, the ridges fall off when your knee hits one.
Unfortunately for me, I picked the highest one (My pride really is AWFUL), and one of the ridges was already off. Still unfortunate, it was a right one. My right leg is my strongest leg, so it was so hard! I began climbing, everyone was on the ground watching me. I shimmied up the pole, hugging the pole with my arms and stepping on the ridges with my foot. But, then I came to the top...
Everyone expected me to stand up on the top of a pole that was shorter than my foot size! I FELT LIKE HAVING A MENTAL BREAK DOWN!
I was up so high, and the idea of imaging myself as Spider Man wasn't working. So, I simply said:

"I'm done. Get me down."

To which the guy (The zip line guy) replied, "No, I'm not letting you down until you finish it."

Alright, so when I'm in panic mod I can turn kind of... snippy. Especially when the man was not letting me trust my instincts! So, I said:

"No, I can't do it. Get me down NOW."

"You can do it. Just put your knee on the top and stand up. I'm not letting you down."

I was so angry, I stood up and glared at him (He wasn't an adult, don't worry. He was a teenager or a lil older). Then, everyone started cheering, even the teachers! I turned bright red and said.

"1...2...3!" then I jumped off and swung for the trapeze.


I missed by a long shot. Fortunately, I DID have a harness on, and I just lowered to the ground. But, boy was it hard and high!

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