As in, gimme all the adventure.
Last month I had to travel to Mexico to shoot a destination wedding and The Giant decided to join me sans kids, turning the trip into a bonafide work vacation. It was our first getaway alone together in over three years and we stayed at the Secrets Silversands Riviera, a five-star luxury resort in beautiful Cancun. We slept in (and woke up by choice), watched live shows, basked by the pool, and of course, got dressed up for our nightly dinner out. I call it dating your spouse.
To top off our magnificent resort experience, we also indulged in some extreme outdoor adventure at a local aerial adventure park called Selvatica. When I go out, I go all out. The tour I booked is literally called “Gimme All” – because it packs in a diverse array of non-stop, adrenaline-pumping activities in a half-day! You know, gimme all the monster zip lining, bungee jumping, shaky aerial bridge walking, human roller-coastering (appropriately used here as a verb), 4×4 ATVing, and cenote swimming!
I’m so proud of myself for jumping into the cenote (a natural sinkhole) since I’m generally scared of water activities because I can’t swim. It took a few minutes to psyche myself to make the jump, but the crowd cheering me on was tremendously encouraging.
I had arranged all this because I love adventure and am game for trying anything. The Giant, on the other hand, took some coaxing. We are polar opposites when it comes to spirit. He opted out of the Monster Zip Line because his back was hurting him and he read it’s a rough landing at the end. He was annoyed by the amount of people during our tour and having to wait in a line for each activity. But in the end, The Giant was like “Yeah, it was cool.” Me, “It was f*cking amazing.” And you’ll be rewarded with tacos. Really yummy tacos.
This extreme adventure experience reminded me, us, that breaking out of your comfort zone is good for the soul. Whether that means diving into a sinkhole, starting a blog, not being a homebody, this applies to all corners of life. You need challenges in order to become great. And post Election Day, this sentiment feels especially timely, especially appropriate. As we ponder our uncertain future and work through all our feelings post-election, I leave you with this quote from Maya Angelou: “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Guys, life is now and we gotta start living.
Okay, moving on. Want to know what a human roller coaster looks like? Or monster zip lining? Fortunately you won’t have to use your imagination, check out my photo journal below! (And if you go, ask for a tour guide named Bernie, he’s crazy, hysterical and off his rockers–all the better!)