Sunday, May 29, 2011

My Adventure to TreeGo

There is a commercial on television these days that describes two personality types, “I’m in” and “I’m out”. I never really thought about which type I am until this past Wednesday when I chaperoned my youngest daughter’s school trip to TreeGo in Moncton.

For those unaware, TreeGo is an outdoor adventure that can really test your balance, your trust in the safety equipment and any fear of heights you may have.

I do not ever recall having issues with any of these before, but as a 43 year old male that has not been as physically active as he should be the past couple of years I started out slowly. The course starts out with you only ten feet off the ground walking on a 5/8 inch wide cable. As the course progresses the challenges get more difficult and are higher off the ground.

My “I’m in” epiphany occurred when I was 80 feet (or more) off the ground bouncing on the middle of a cable, forty feet from the nearest tree (platform). The fact that there was at least three feet of up/down bounce at this point only made the experience that much more exciting!

Don’t misunderstand me, there were times when I thought “what was I thinking?” For instance, when I was crossing a twenty foot stage between trees on log swings things did not go smoothly. I somehow managed to get my left foot on one swing and my right foot on the next swing, and then lost focus to have my feet go in opposite directions. Despite the howls of laughter from the teenagers I was chaperoning I survived in one piece.

TreeGo was a great adrenaline rush and more fun than I ever expected! If you ever have an opportunity check it out, you will not be disappointed.


  1. Great stuff Ralph. I bet the greatest epiphany hapeened when your daughter realised her father was hanging from a string 80 feet up just to spend time with her. Way to go dad!

    My fear would be that my sanity would "tree go from me" half way through the course.


  2. I think the real fun always happens when we are a little uncomfortable, and I definitely fit that category Skeeter. So did my daughter, but we all agreed that it would be fun to go back and do it again!