Project Alicia : Not So Wordless Wednesday: Hard Hats Required

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Not So Wordless Wednesday: Hard Hats Required

{If you aren't interested in reading this whole spiel, just know it was a fab weekend and you can skip past the dotted line below to link up.}

To start, I must say that I do realize there is nothing sexy about helmet hair or wearing oversized gloves that smell like a nasty foot or looking like a drowned rat in a hideous rented rain jacket, but sometimes a girl just has to suck it up for some freaking fun adventures! And that, my friends, is exactly what we had!

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Due to the nature of our activities I was left to use hub's point and shoot camera most of the time, waterproof and easy to tie to a harness. Not the best for action shots, but we did manage to get a few keepers.

We bought the pro rafting pics, but were very disappointed to learn they only took 6 of our group.

In case you love rafting, you will know that the best time is early summer when water levels are generally higher, but due to some flooding in the area we had a freakish out of the norm ride for August on the New River. I nearly lost both contacts at least 3 times and almost fell out twice. (And the upper Gauley season opens after Labor Day weekend and is the best in the country for 1 month.)

There were lots of unforeseen twists and turns on our adventure, one being the weather. 20 degrees cooler than forecasted and rainy. Hubs decided camping in thunderstorms wouldn't be the best idea, so even though I was determined to have the full experience, the hotel won in the end. And I admit the shower and bed were welcome after a day on that river.

The TreeTops Canopy Tour was top-notch. 10 zips (one being 730 feet long sending you soaring at about 30-35 miles/hr), 5 sky bridges to cross, a few small hikes, and a rappel at the end.

I guess I'm a thrill seeking gal at heart. And West Virgina was the perfect getaway!

Happy Belated Father's Day to my sweet hubs. (And thanks to groupon for a fab deal.)
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92 comments:

  1. wow, beautiful photos of a wonderful time. You two are so brave.

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  2. You are such a WOW Girlie!
    I LOVE it!
    You live life with a TON of PASSION Alicia!
    I love it!
    Your children and hub are so blessed to have your FUN~Adventurous SPIRIT surrounding them!
    You GO GIRL!
    Oh!
    And white water rafting!
    Well that's one thing I just don't think I could do!
    HUB loves it!
    Me!
    Well I'm too afraid of the boat turning over!
    xo

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  3. you can even "rock" the hard hat, gorgeous! ;)

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  4. Just looking at those pics makes me want to be there doing the same things!! Looks like a ton of fun. :)

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  5. Glad to see I'm not the only chatty one this fine WW. ;)
    Groupon is AWESOME! Between that and TeamBuy, I've purchased some pretty great deals...although we haven't had one as cool as this!
    Looks like you guys had an absolute blast! Great pics...and you did it with a point and shoot!? Wow.

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  6. That looks like a great time! Love the pictures! Very brave! I went white water rafting in Colorado, but it was years ago. I'd love to go again now!

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  7. wow nice! :) it looks like it was so much fun!

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  8. great photos! not all of us have pro cameras, but these still look it to me! You sure have guts girl! I don't know If I would of even at a much younger age! Go for it! Faythe @GMT

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  9. Wow, looks like so much fun! You sure can be a daredevil, can't you?!

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  10. Gorgeous layout. Great photos w/ a point and shoot. I would've screamed like nobody's business doing all of that!

    ~Mimi @ Woven by Words

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  11. I would have loved that adventure when I was younger. Maybe now that I am more "mature" I NEED an adventure like that.

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  12. Awesome photos!! Looks like a lot of fun!

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  13. Wow! You are a brave women! I'm scared just looking at those photo's very cool though, lol!

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  14. How fun! The pics are awesome!!!

    Happy WW!

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  15. It looks like you had a fabulous time!

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  16. What great pictures, it looks like a great time - Happy Wednesday

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  17. Look at all of that fun!! I haven't been white water rafting in MANY years!

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  18. You're one brave girl. I would have been waiting on shore instead. Oh, I'm glad it's not wordless cause mine isn't either, :)

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  19. wow Lish! You are one adventurous girl! Looks like lots of fun but scary at the same time! Enjoy your vacation!

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  20. Oh golly, love your adventures! Looks like so much fun! Well, for you anyway... he he. Seriously, what a great time! Love your John Denver music to go with the post... :)

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  21. Linked up to your WW! Love the photos--looks like a great time! Hope that you'll join in my Wordless Wednesday too! :-)

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  22. Fabulous photos. Looks like you had an AMAZING time!!!

    Rachel

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  23. I am such a baby. That just looks scary to me. lol

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  24. It looks like you had a great time, but I don't think I would be up too something like that. I'm a bit too chicken!!

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  25. Two words: NO WAY!! You are waaaayyy braver than I, my friend!

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  26. That look so much fun, way to go! I don't think I can do that myself.

    Happy WW!

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  27. What action! Looks like a great time!!
    Have a great week!

    Tammi
    http://www.myorganizedchaos.net/2010/08/wordless-wednesday-not-tonight-i-have-a-headache/

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  28. You are quite the adventurer! How fun!

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  29. looks like a really fun time. you are so adventurous.

    have a happy Wednesday!

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  30. What a great trip!

    And I am cracking up! As soon as I heard the first sound of the guitar I started to laugh. I not only mentioned this song on my post today, but linked to it on YouTube as well :)

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  31. Wow! looks like you had a brill time your braver than me lol

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  32. I love the pictures! I really want to try zip lining out! It looks like so much fun! I think you lucked out with the weird weather, I think a nice warm shower and clean bed would win over a tent any day LOL! I am glad you had such a great time!

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  33. I've always wanted to go river rafting. Can't wait until the kids are old enough to go.

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  34. groupon is so awesome! and so are your photos and adventure!

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  35. Wonderful photos! Looks like they had a great time making those.

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  36. Beauty like truth shines through any guise. You are certainly courageous!

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  37. Wow! How fun. I had the chance to go with my DH on a white water rafting trip while we lived in Japan, haven't had the chance since, but we should go. Loved the pics.

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  38. Wonderful photo's, what a thrill seeker you are and adventurous. Needs alot more courage than I have in me!

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  39. Woo Hoo!!! Your such a dare devil, that lokked lik an awesome time, I think I need to talk my husband into doing something fun!!!

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  40. I want to go zip lining!! That all looks like a blast (and hubs was right about the hotel, possibly just possibly!).

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  41. Wow, it looks like you guys had a blast! :)

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  42. No fair making WV look like so much fun. Seriously. I don't need more reasons for GC to try to talk me into moving there. Your pictures are about the ONLY good reason I see for even passing THROUGH the state, hahaha.

    THose are some seriously fantastic pictures.I need some adventure.

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  43. awesome shots for WW. that must have been fun.

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  44. Wow, what a great adventure you had! I bet you had lot´s of fun.

    Hug´s,
    Verena

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  45. Looks like a perfect vacation. Our next family vacation will be to go white water rafting. Great photos!

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  46. Looks like you had a blast! Great pictures.

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  47. Looks exciting. I'm so not brave enough for that sort of an activity but looks like you guys knew just what to do!

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  48. You guys look like you had so much fun. I did a canopy tour in Costa Rica and after a 30 minute hike up a mountain I got to the first platform and lost it... I am scared of heights and well the tour guide just picked me up and hooked me to the zip line and pushed me .... talk about scared! Turned out to be the most fun I had on the trip ;) Oh and on the river raft tour we did... I was the only one that popped out of the raft and had to plucked out of the water like a soggy little kitty ;)

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  49. What a wonderful collage! Looks like an awesome adventure! HOW FUN!

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  50. Those were great photos. And it looks like you all had a blast.

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  51. Wow, that is some adventure! Never have done that. Not sure I'd be able to. lol

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  52. That looks like such a good time. I'm due for a great adventure like that. It's so inspiring!!! Great photos.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  53. You got some nice shots even with the point and shoot. I so want to do the tree canopy tour.

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  54. That looks like so much fun!!
    suchakingdom.blogspot.com

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  55. WOW! What an adventure! I'm sure you're glad to have such good pictures from your trip.

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  56. Oh, WOW! Youare a lot braver gal than I would be!

    Happy WW!

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  57. Great shots. Love rafting and it looks like you all had a blast.

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  58. I went white water rafting on the New River in college! It was amazing!

    I had a roommate from West Virginia and 'Country Roads' always reminds me of her. :)

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  59. Oh, wow! That looks like a blast! I've never done anything like that except for the ones at the amusement parks and that doesn't count. Right?! :D

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  60. I adore white water rafting. Completely worth helmet hair in every way.

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  61. I so want to do a cool zip line tour someday. Looks like a blast!

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  62. I love the pictures!! It makes me miss white water rafting.. I really need to make time to do that next year.

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  63. That looks like so much fun!! You look beautiful in all the pictures so I have not idea what you are talking about!

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  64. love your photos this week - where exactly was the zip-line park you went too- that looks like a blast!!! I so need to try that - was it really scary though?

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  65. Oh my gosh! These photos are amazing. What fun you had.

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  66. How fun! I LOVE ziplining! It looks like you had a great vacation.

    Thanks for linking up with me today, and thanks for the linky. Have a great day!

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  67. Oh my gosh, it looks like you had an awesome fantastic time! I am so jealous of your adventure! And impressed that even amongst all the high adrenaline fun, you still managed to remember to take pictures!

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  68. it may not be sexy but you guys sure do rock the helmet look!

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  69. Wow, that looks exhilarating ... and somewhat terrifying! I went tubing once and that was enough for me. ;)

    I've been doing Wordless Wednesdays on an off for awhile now, but had no idea there was a link up. I found your button on another food blog I read. Happy to join the fray this week and thanks for hosting!

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  70. Oh wow - fabulous pictures!

    You're right - sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

    My WW

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  71. Yep, definitely God's country! Thanks for sharing.

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  72. Oh! I want to try the TreeTops one. That looks so exciting. I'm not sure if I'm too much of a wuss to do the rafting, because when you said the water was highest in early summer, I immediately started wondering when it might be calmest.

    Great pictures!

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  73. I'm finally trying this link up, b/c it's something I can handle. Don't feel the pressure of a beautiful photo like I do with totally wordless wednesdays.

    LOVE this idea!

    And wowee, wowza, 112 link ups!!

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  74. whoo hoo lucky number 500 follower!

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  75. Right on, looks like an awesome time!

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  76. I love these. The red helmets just pop out at you. Plus? Looks like you had a ball!!

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  77. Awesome! I went on a zip line with my kids at camp - so fun!
    You look way better in that helmet than I did though - you rocked it!

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  78. SOOO fun! =) Thanks or hosting

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