Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In Our Own Backyard

Over a year ago, when walking through the "forest" that's about a 10-minute walk from our house (Парк партизанской славы), we stumbled on a very cool-looking ropes course set up among the trees. It was closed at the time and we only really noticed the stuff that was pretty high up in the air. It was too much for lil' D then, so I didn't really give it a second thought.

Last month, Josie stumbled upon it again and recommended that I take D. I did a few weeks ago and, man, was it a hit! I guess we shouldn't be surprised. Dietrich has an acute love for the adventurous that borders on dangerous. I think our biggest problem is that he's at least a dozen centimeters—how's that for mixing categories?—away from advancing to the next level. He's already asking when he can go higher.

Here are some highlights of that first visit. (Here's the main page for the Seiklar website with You Tube videos at the bottom. Most of the videos are from a different park than the one we go to. Here's the photo gallery page. Most of the photos are from the park we go to.)

Dietrich's having-fun face.

Dietrich's in-the-zone face.

He didn't fall much, but this part of the course and this situation, in particular,
led to the most slip ups. Even when you're only 3 feet off the ground,
the safety of the harness is necessary for kiddos.


More serious action.

Sometimes D tried to simplify things by large steps and
leaps over the more difficult nuances.


This is one of the few times in the net bridge where he didn't lay down and
pretend to sleep. All the kids did it. Must be a 21st-century thing.

Figuring out the carabiner.

This shot shows both D trying to walk the plank without holding on and
the high level platforms in the background.
Daddy's pretty excited to try out the big kid stuff with D in a few years.


This shot shows D's internal struggle. "What I'm doing is totally cool,
but I can't wait to take on that supah-high stuff."


2 comments:

Trader Joel said...

Is he jumping off roofs yet? :)

eric O said...

Sorry, Joel. Just noticed your comment. He's not quite jumping from roofs yet, but it's clearly on his mind. I don't think more than 3 days go by without D asking Josie or me if he would die if he jumped off of (fill in the blank with whatever he's thinking about at the moment, i.e., building, bridge, balcony, etc.). He jumps off of pretty high play structures without hesitation and I have to stop him from jumping off of certain walls and out of certain trees. By age 7 or 8 I assume he'll be to roof level. Will I hypocritically forbid him or will I allow him to relive the free, jump-loving childhood that I enjoyed? My knees still work pretty good but I'm starting to feel the consequences of those many, many years of hard landings.