Thursday, June 24, 2010


We finally took our spring break trip with True Adventure Sports.  It was like the Amazing Race but I would say harder because of the tasks and the kids!

We started off doing a sky swing~human sling shot.  We all had an amazing time doing this.

After the sling shot (aka sky swing) we were told to go to Santa Fe for lunch and tell them we were with the War-Mon adventure...we ordered and then instead of a bill we received our next clue.  Desoto Falls 3:30.

At Desoto Falls we see Tyler (a True Adventure Guide) with a trailer full of kayaks.  He tells us to kayak until it is unmistakable.  So we kayak and kayak until we get to the dam.  On the way my oldest had a melt down of biblical proportions.  Unless you witnessed it you can not even imagine how bad it was.  We ended tying their kayak to ours and pulling them.  Talk about burning arms.
When we get to the dam Tyler is sitting there with another clue.  At the end of the cave Madoc Cave.  We thought that maybe we get out and he would take us to the cave, but no.  We had to kayak back to where we came from another 2.5 miles.  I have to say it was much easier going with the current.  When we get back to Desoto Falls we hike around and can not find Madoc Cave (aka Welsh Cave), so we ask some locals and they say the do not know where it is but they know someone who does.  They make a phone call and I talk with a lady named Ann.  She tells me where the caves are located except she said go down the bluff when we should have stayed on top of the bluff.  By this time it is 9:00...getting dark and the kids have still not eaten.  We see two caves and go in...Nothing.  At this point Brandi had panic in her voice and says we need to make a decision...Ethan yells out Israel (the owner of TAS) and he yells backs. YEAH!!!  The only problem he is on top and we are on bottom of a bluff that is probably 40-50 feet tall.  We hike back aways and find a place where we can scramble up.  He helps us to the cave where he has a spread waiting for us.
 Dinner!!! Wild blueberries, poor mans wheat, blackberries (ripe and unripe), blueberry and blackberry leaves, chestnut leaves and the best thing on the platter, ants and grasshoppers cooked with wild dandelions.  We also had pine straw and blueberry leaf tea cooked in a coke can that he found.  It was displayed so beautiful on a teak platter in a cave at dark!  The cave was amazing it had arched openings that Welsh people carved out.

After we made it back to the cars...after 10:00 pm.  We received our next clue.  An address.  So I immediately type it in my GPS.  No address found!  So we start driving towards the road.  We find a store and stop to get cold drinks and snacks.  We ask some people there and there was a nice man who works with the fire department who calls 911 for us and they have no record of the address!  We keep driving towards the road and once we arrive at the road...there are no numbers on any of the house.  We drive up and down the road 3 times.  Finally Jennifer says I will ask one of these houses if they know where it is.  It is midnight!  With knives drawn we stop at a house with lights on.  Knock.  No answer.  Run back to the car.  Pull out.  Decide to go back.  Knives drawn.  Knock again.  No answer.  Look under the mat.  KEYS!  Yes!  When we get in the cabin there was a note Pizza in the freezer, Dr. Pepper in the fridge.  We were so thankful to have the cabin to sleep in and take a shower.  We were nasty.  The cabin was awesome.

The next morning James (another TAS guide) knocks on the door and says Cracker Barrel for breakfast and then True Adventure Sports at 10:00.  So we head and then go back to TAS.  We are handed a clue that says Meet at the place where Matthew McConaugey went mountain biking and climbing.  We knew where that was...Sand Rock Cherokee Rock Village.. we just did not know how to get there.  Jennifer made a call to Cheryl, her friend, and she gave us amazing directions.  When we arrive James and Tyler are there and they tell us there are two routes to the top of the rock, and easy and a hard, and we can pick two people that have to do only the easy, but everyone else has to do the both in order to get the next clue.  We pick Maggie (7) and Alec (8).  

 Alec on the EASY climb!

This was the hardest thing that we did.  The hard was HARD!  But we all did it!  Our next clue STOP WING!  I immediately thought a wing place, maybe because we were starving!  We called Megan ( a fellow adventurer) she goggled wing places in Fort Payne and found a Wing Stop!  So off we go.  After we ate at Wing Stop they handed us another clue.  GPS coordinates.  So we type that in the GPS and off we go.  We arrive at the side of Little River Canyon....James is there waiting on us.  This time we rappel then swing into a cave.  Fun.  Second to caving...rappelling is my favorite thing.

Ethan rappelling

Maggie did a Tandem Rappel!

After we rappelled into the cave/grotto...TAS hooked us up and let us wing out over the canyon.

After this we hiked on a precarious cliff wall that dropped off to get back to the top.

After this we were finished literally!!!  Wiped out!!  We had the best time.  It was truly an adventure!  Thanks TAS for a great time.  Also thanks to the staff.  They have some amazing people working for them.

1 comment:

  1. I love living precariously through all of you!! Looks like a fun time, but I will let you all have the adventures.