Tuesday May 22, 2012
What a GREAT day! It’s not just the fact that we got to go zip lining in the rain forest tree canopy at La Marquesa Forest Park in Guaynabo Puerto Rico – it’s everything that surrounds us.
Let’s start with the zip lining.
Again, there was an even split for those of us who have been zip lining before and those that haven’t. If you aren’t familiar with what a zip line is this is where there are platforms high in the tree canopy and the trees are connected by stretches of cable. Once you are fully geared up in a harness, helmet, caribeaners, pulleys and gloves, you are set to go… well, of course only after listening to the safety instructions!
Once in gear, we hiked up the the first platform which was a steep ascent, especially in the heat and weighed down by the gear, but we didn’t let that get us down. After waiting for our turn, one-by-one we went down the first line. For me, it was absolutely exhilarating!
There were so many mixed emotions swirling around us. Excitement. Fear. Euphoria. Nervousness. Composure. Stress. Relief. Pride. Gratification. Happiness. It was wonderful to see the level of confidence (and fun factor) increase as the new-to-this-folks became more comfortable with each run down a line. Also it was very impressive witnessing those who pushed through the fear and discomfort to prove to themselves that they COULD face down their fear. Especially heartwarming was watching the students support each other with kind and encouraging words – the level of compassion they showed each other had a profound effect. This class and all its lessons and experiences have brought the students so much closer and they share a bond that is unique to the seven of them. This bond was seen throughout the evening as we went out to the ocean, ate dinner together and then all went for a night swim in the pool. Amidst all the horsing around and playing, you could see the kids watching out for each other.
It was a great day and it is a wonderful journey we are taking together. It’s hard to believe how quickly the week is passing. In the next couple of days we have lined up cave tubing, visiting Old San Juan (this is to explore all the old forts and go to the Butterfly People Cafe) and kayaking in Bioluminescence Bay. I suspect that time is going to continue to fly by... =o)