Team Building

Almost every organization does team building activities, so you’ve probably participated. Have you ever done a ropes course? I have. A new principal came into the school where I was teaching high school theatre. He took us all out to a camp where we could participate in a ropes course. It was quite a few years ago, and I was younger and thinner. LOL 

The one part I remember is the trust drop. You stand on a platform about 4 or 5 feet off the ground. You fall backwards and your partners catch you. It was one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever done and took a lot of encouragement from my partners to get me to do let go and fall.

All this is leading up to tell you a bit about our family vacation last week to Red River, NM.  They have a ropes course that is like a ROPES COURSE!

IMG_5820Four levels and way high up in the sky. I did not participate other than as a documenter and encourager. (I think I could have done the lowest level, but I say that having only seen it from the ground. I suspect up there, the height, let alone the activity, would’ve been super challenging.)

But look what my kids and grandkids did. The first day only Laura, my younger daughter, Kevin, her husband, and Sarah, their almost 6-year-old daughter took part. The next day, Kathryn, my older daughter, Lance, her husband, and Nelson, 8 and Lilly 6 ½ did the course, along with our younger daughter and Sarah. (Her husband was sick and neither clinic in town was open. He and my husband drove to  Taos to see a doctor.)

IMG_5848Sarah, not yet 6, on 1st level

IMG_5829 Kevin, Sarah, Laura

IMG_5896 Nelson 8 on 4th level.

IMG_5914 Kathryn on 3rd level.

IMG_5899 Lance on 4th level.

IMG_5917 Lilly 6 1/2 on 3rd level

IMG_5928 Family Celebration, safe back on the ground.

For a few of the activities, my grandkids couldn’t actually reach to the next rope or pole. They had to stretch out to the fullest to reach the tip of their parents’ hand. Lots of faith to do that.

The very best part was all the family encouragement. The kids even cheered on their parents. On the second day, it was only our family up there. Just the most fun.

More about other aspects of our trip next time. It seemed important today given what’s been going on to write about encouragement and support rather than hate and discrimination.

Is this something you’ve ever done? Ever want to do?  What was the hardest part? Being high or doing the activity? Love to hear from you.

Book Update: ACT OF BETRAYAL is off to the formatter. Approximate release date mid- September.

12 responses to “Team Building

  1. Hi, Marsha – I’ve never done a course quite as high or elaborate as the one pictured in your post but I have completed a couple. And I agree – the trust fall is a transformative experience. I did my first one nearly twenty years ago and, if I close my eyes and concentrate, I can still feel the release and expansiveness.
    It’s said that, in order to trust, one must become trustworthy – the journey is interior and exterior, symbiotic, and one cannot occur without the other. In these days and times, it’s difficult to maintain a trusting attitude. Thanks for the words of support and encouragement.

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    • Hey, Debra. I’m not sure my experience was as transformational as yours. It was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. I finally fell back because I was slowing down our team from moving to the next activity. So in some sense, I guess I put others before myself. Frankly, it’s not something I’d ever want to repeat. I was proud to be a part of my family as they took on the challenge of the ropes. And your welcome. We need all the positives we can get right now. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  2. Hi Marsha, that course looks amazing and both my daughters would love it. Unfortunately I’m terrified of heights and so there is no way in the world I could bring myself to go up there. Well done to your grandkids. They put me to shame! 🙂

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    • Hey, Helena. Yeah, me too.I just like to think I could do the bottom level, but that’s just wishful thinking. I was pretty amazed the grands did so well. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  3. After sharing this with Nelson & Lilly, I stand corrected. There were only 3 levels. That 3rd level wrapped around and looked like a 4th. Things look different from the ground. 🙂


  4. Hi, Marsha! I’ve done some ropes with zip line and I think what bothered me is the balance. Not the height. Not even thoughts of can’t do this. So I went slow.

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    • Hey, Vicki. Yeah, they were all in harnesses, too. But if you swing free, as the middle grand did once, it’s not fun. She banged her shin on a board! But the great thing is she kept going. Good life lessons. We’ll take some knocks, but have to keep on going. Impressed you did this, Vicki! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


    • Hey, Susan. I get you. I don’t do heights either. This wasn’t all we did. I’ll write another time about all the eating, shopping, and hiking. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.


  5. Kids are fearless. As we get older and smarter and KNOW what COULD happen, we get a bit more careful. That looked like a very thorough work out. When we worked at a girls residence camp, the last couple of years they had a ropes course. Looking at it from the ground up was scary enough. But they had to climb this telephone pole type stand to start the course. I couldn’t imagine standing on such a small thing and looking down to the ground. Kids loved it! On our family camping trip this summer, our daughters and families did the zip line at Boyne Mountain. Gramps and I stayed at the campsite and enjoyed the peace and quiet!!! Anxious to hear all about the rest of your Red River trip.
    JQ Rose


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