Friday Fun – Ok, I was actually terrified!

What have we been up to this week?  … about 60 feet!

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I love roller coasters, don’t mind being up in high places, and like to do some dare-devilish things with no fear, but I have to admit this past week I truly had a moment where I was a bit freaked!

This whole week we have been in Wisconsin hanging with Zach’s family.  The first half of the week we were at a family camp at Camp Forest Springs with the whole Gray crew and I had the sweet opportunity to do the high ropes course at camp with one of Zach’s younger brother’s Sam.

We had a great time going through the challenges as a team, and then comes the last part – getting down.  The course reaches over 65 feet in the air, and at this point you have already chose to exit the High Ropes Course via swing, but now you’re looking down and not so sure you made the right choice… Let me give you an idea of what we were looking at…

You’re practically eye level with the tree tops… everyone on the ground looks like ants (ok, maybe giant ants at least)… the only way down is 25 feet of free fall before the arch catches you and swings you back into the air…. and the only thing preventing you from crashing to the ground in a heap of flesh and bones, is a cable and the harness you have on.

Yeah, I was a bit nervous I’d say.  But Sam and I did it and it was a blast!!!  Ah!!!

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Swinging back up on the other side.

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What a rush!



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Of course our group prayed together before going up!

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Another highlight of our time at family camp was when we went on what’s called the Voyager’s Breakfast.  We get up at the crack of dawn (yes, 6:45AM is really early for us), canoe out across the lake to a spot where breakfast is made and cooked for us over a fire, and then canoe back.

This is Sam (one of Zach’s younger brothers) and myself…

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Zach and I, with a shot taken by his bro Gabe.

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Here are Zach’s brothers! L to R – Sam, Noah, & Gabe

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This was the view as we were getting ready to canoe out to our breakfast spot!

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Canoeing over!  This is Zach’s dad :)




This is Zach’s dad, Keith and wife Jan.  Awww… aren’t they cute?


We had a really great time.  We even got to make our own dessert involving donuts, pineapple, butter, jelly, and cinnamon!  After putting them together, you roll ’em up in tinfoil and put them over the fire!  Fun and delicious times.


It was great getting away and we had a really fun time being with Zach’s family there at camp.

Zach’s family does this every summer and Zach and I think it’s so cool to have a family tradition like this that is done with the kids.  You get away with no work, no TV, no cell phone service, no dishes and just relax together!

We most definitely want to create our own familiy traditions like this when we have kids.  Did your family growing up, or does your current family do anything along those lines? We want to hear about it!

  • Amy

    This looks like so much fun!! I’ve always wanted to do a ropes course, so I’m a little jealous!! Can Rich and I come the next time you go???

  • Wayne Bradt

    Great photogs! Crazy people:)

  • Marie

    First, that looks so scary. Second, what a very cool tradition and time to bond with each other. And third, these pics encouraging comments are absolutely adorable! And they work! I’m commenting! :D

  • Chris c.

    Hi Jody and Zach!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! Like you, it is ALWAYS welcomed! I love these pics on the left too!! Come back soon..

  • Betsy, La Vida

    Thanks for visiting our blog & leaving us some love ;-) That canoe shot is amazing! Really enjoy that moody lighting… Looks like a great trip!

  • cassandra m

    awesome…looks like a blast! wow wow wow. Thanks for sharing your family…

  • Jess

    I would have been scared to death!

    BTW, thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog. I’ve loved looking at your photography site!

  • Mary Natalie Hester

    ok, I would have been so scared, but I would have been on my knees in the group prayer screaming aloud for my life “Please Lord…..” lol, looks like you guys have had such a great time!!

  • Feuza

    Wow, I have done ropes course and they are so good for team building but nothing this high….congrats! I love how in America, there so many cool traditions and really wanted to have my own, thought of buying an ornament every year for the tree for my boys later but husband is not a fan of tradion, perhaps I should revist that. How beautiful is that sky and canoe shot!!! and that breakfast looks so cool. Families rock!

  • bobbie brown

    Whoa! Just looking at those rope pictures terrified me!!! Looks like you guys had a blast… great pix!

  • Gina Carlin

    Wow, such a fun adventure. Really makes me want to venture out. I really get you on the traditions and I agree — it’s so important for kids. That’s what we remember, right? We make a big deal of holidays and we try to incorporate tiny traditions into each week. Friday night, for example, is movie night and we always have to pop the popcorn. I’ll be back!

  • Yolie Ramirez

    Love these photos, love the color. It reminds me I haven’t done something like this in a long time. =)

  • Zach

    That is soooo awesome to hear from you all! Love the home-made popcorn too!! Keep em coming!!

  • Jenny

    Wow- you guys are adventurous! Great shots!

  • Christine

    what an adventure!!! love the photos!!! :)

  • 2Duce2 Videography

    Wow guys! That’s like a giant jungle gym for adults! Looks like you guys had fun! We also have a family adventure coming up next month -bring on the smores!

  • Lucia

    I am officially very jealous. What a great way to build family memories!