July 19, 2011

Rancho Canabrava

We went as a family (and with our "almost cousins", the Bills) to a quaint little ranch about 45 minutes from Brasilia.  It's a little ranch in the middle of nowhere that has 2 ropes courses with a zip line and horseback riding.  Not to mention beautiful Brazilian landscape and a cute little pay-by-the-kilo restaurant.  It turned out to be a wonderful day-trip get away and I think that everyone (of all ages) had a blast.

First, the younger group of kids got suited up and went on the smaller ropes course.  

A tribute to Ishmael. 

The kids were probably 30 feet up and the whole course took them about 30 minutes to complete.  I didn't hear a single complaint, they were having such a good time.  And concentrating very hard on every step!     

Aja still had her cast, but she did a great job.  

At the very end of the course the kids were lowered down, like they were repelling a mountain.  It was such a cool experience for them.    

Zoe made a cat friend and Max, a dog friend.

Then we headed over to the course for the adults.  Macy and her friend, Lillian, were tall enough to do this course with us.  It ended up being much tougher than any of us had expected.  It took about an hour and a half to complete and was extremely challenging.


There were tubes you had to crawl on your back to get through, glass steps, wobbly logs, and even a spot where you had to jump off a (perfectly good) ledge into a rope web and from there climb up.  That was the hardest part of the course for me because I just couldn't get a good grip on the rope web when I would swing into it.  Macy is so adventuresome.  She completed the whole thing and then wanted to do it again.    

We had lunch and then ended the day with horseback riding.  It was one of those trips that was just perfect from start to finish.  I feel like we've been having a lot of those "perfect trips" lately, and I'm convinced that it's because our kids are getting older--they last longer and are (for the most part) well-behaved, they can participate in most the activities, and they appreciate it.  It's been years, but we are finally reaping the rewards of our labors--because heavens knows, I remember plenty of trips that ended in tears of frustration!  



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