Giant Swing

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The day started with polenta French toast for breakfast at Travaasa Experiential Resort in Austin. I know, it sounds weird, but it was actually quite tasty. For those of you who don’t know what polenta is, never fear, I will explain. It’s made out of cornmeal. That’s the extent of my knowledge of polenta. It really did taste like French toast though. Served with rich maple syrup and topped with dried cranberries, it was a perfect way to fuel the morning we had planned. My husband ordered a swiss and cheddar omelette with a side of bacon. I couldn’t talk him into getting the Texas antelope chorizo breakfast tacos so that I could try them. Probably because he had antelope steak the night before. I guess once you have had one antelope, they all taste the same. Check out the HUGE strawberry on my plate. Of course I ate that too.

Polenta French Toast

Polenta French Toast

Swiss and Cheddar omelette

Swiss and Cheddar omelette

After breakfast, we headed out for a guided hike. We were the only ones who showed up, so it turned into a private guided hike. Yay for us! It was cloudy and around 65 degrees, perfect for a hike. There were no sightings of any wildlife but that means snakes too. I’m okay with no snakes. Snakes freak me out a little…okay a lot.

Once we completed the hike, it was off to the giant swing. After putting on our safety equipment, we were strapped in by our harnesses and hoisted in the air. The maximum height you can be lifted off the ground was 35 feet. Guess how high we went? All the way to the top, of course. The harness got a little uncomfortable hanging in midair, but that was the least of my concerns because we were about to pull the cord. Yup, we had to pull the cord to release the swing. Even though we knew it was coming, we weren’t quite ready for it. The initial drop left my stomach at the top while the rest of my body fell. I would have asked my husband how he was feeling but I’m pretty sure I stopped breathing. It’s hard to talk when you are not breathing…

Giant Swing... It looks like 3 innocent little telephone poles

Giant Swing… It looks like 3 innocent little telephone poles

We were joined by 7 other brave souls that day. One couple from Fort Worth, Texas was nice enough to let us photograph their experience.

Sam Chong and Kara Bufford

Sam Chong and Kara Bufford

Higher…

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Higher…

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I think that's a look of relief on their faces that is over...

I think that’s a look of relief on their faces that is over…

By the way, Sam asked Kara for her hand in marriage the night before. What a way to celebrate!

The giant swing was an exhilarating experience for some (me), while for others, they tried to face their fears. Some overcame those fears while others, well they only got off the ground a little bit.

***I stayed as a guest of Travaasa Experiential Resort, however, the above statements are entirely my own opinion. Thank you Travaasa Austin for hosting my stay.***

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2 Responses to Giant Swing

  1. Shelia gray says:

    Oh my, the swing looks like crazy fun! I could so do that!

  2. Wow, I think I would have lost my polenta!

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