This is going to be a photo-intensive post.
This was one of the coolest things I have ever taken the kids to do.
I get a Cool Mom of the Year Award Star for this one.
We spent the morning doing the ropes course and the zip lines. It was intense. It was like American Ninja Warrior, which the kids love. They loved this. It was so high up. It was their idea. I saw other little kids who were scared stiff, and they were there because their family was making them do it. It didn't end well for them. In our case, I was the nervous one and I was only doing it because the kids wanted to go. We lied about Lex's weight to get him on the zip line. He only weighed about 53 pounds, and he had to be 60. It was fine. He made it to the other side just fine. And even though I was the nervous one, I *knew* that the harness would hold me, so we managed to have tons of fun. Even if the adrenaline rush was exhausting at the end.
Here are Connor and Lex, after they were done with the high ropes obstacle course and the zip lines. I don't know if you can tell, but they had the time of their lives.
There are no photos of us actually doing the ropes course or the zip lines because we couldn't have anything in our hands or pockets while we were up there. I had locked my camera and my phone in a locker, safely on the ground.
After the high ropes course, we tackled the maze.
Of course it was huge.
There were four checkpoints inside the maze that we each had to find.
Here is Lex, at the F Checkpoint.
Connor finished it in the fastest time.
Then, we had a nice lunch inside the cafe, and since it was getting to be the hottest part of the day, we decided to tour the caverns.
You can see the Natural Bridge for which this place was named over Connor's shoulder.
Another view of the Natural Bridge. We passed under it when we went into the cave.
This is the photo-dump part. I took a ton of photos down in the cave. The tour was amazing. The caves were amazing. The cave formations were amazing. We saw stalactites and stalagmites and cave straws and cave ribbons and cave curtains and all sorts of cave things. First we walked down and down and down into the earth, and then we walked back up and up out the other side.
This one reminds me of a creature from the movie Aliens. Or a jellyfish that you wouldn't want to meet in the midnight zone of the ocean.
If you ever get the chance to go to the Natural Bridge Caverns, you should. We really had a great time there!