I took a quick look at all the fun stuff we did during our reunion. Here’s what I realized:
- Some of the people in the group will never need to make a bucket list because they have done any and everything that pops up.
- Others have slayed dragons so large and scary most of us could not comprehend them.
- Others overcame fears that paralyzed them for years.
Your reunions may not be like this; however it sure makes for great dinner table conversation.
And so we begin the story of stuff our family did during our famial”ish” reunion.
The New River Gorge area became famous for white water rafting 30 some years ago, and it is still the mainstay of high adventure activities in the area. That said, we are just as famous for rock climbing. Mountain biking is growing in stature and recognition. Several ziplines have popped up in the past few years. You can skydive here and roll down a hill in a ball. Golf is all around us. Smallmouth bass fishing is world class. I am sure I am missing something, so let’s tell the story and see if we find it.
Dutch, who is one of the “ish” parts of the famial”ish” reunion, had actually made a bucket list. He has been tweaking it since retiring a few years back.
Dutch put 4 check marks on his bucket list in 5 days.
- White Water Rafting
- Bridge Walk
- SKY DIVING
He also golfed, visited historic sites, and was all-around up for anything, including passing initiation into the clan. He is welcome to come back.
Even more impressive, Aunt Chrissie checked one off her list. A Giant one. She is absolutely terrified of water. Like, won’t do dishes except in the dishwasher terrified! YES, she went Rafting!
I would not say she relaxed but she did calm down enough to look around take some pictures and really enjoy herself. I doubt she will ever do it again. And that is not the point; she did something so huge so scary and so far out of her comfort zone that she may never find her way back. And for that she should be very pleased and proud.
Yes, others slayed some dragons too. My Mom took a Biplane ride and did a Barrel Roll. Several folks with a fear of heights got up in the trees and had a blast on the zip line or went on the Bridge Walk.
Some people had just never had the opportunity to do some of the many adventures we have here. My little brother got to hop on a horse’s back for the first time and go for a ride.
Lots of people even did two different activities in one day. Rafting first thing in the morning gets you back about 2 or 3 PM, leaving plenty of time to get in nine holes or take a hike or bike ride or rappel or heaven forbid just kick back and relax. For some of us everything was new and different.
How cool is that?
It is not about how scared you are of the activity or how dangerous or expensive it is; instead it’s being open to a “NEW” experience, stepping out of your normal routine and trying something. Even if you don’t end up loving it, you will have something to talk about at dinner (and will have attained new heights in your mind’s eye and everyone else’s too).
We are here to help you slay some dragons! Big or small, let us help.
What did you cross off your bucket list when you visited the New River Gorge?