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I Did Not Die in the Jungle, But I Wanted to.

Monday, September 03, 2012

I spent the weekend in the jungle. Seriously. The jungle isn't all lions and tigers and bears oh my, in parts of Africa it is really pretty much just woods, or forest, or whatever you call large groups of trees with tangled undergrowth and creepy-crawlies. But for this city girl, it was jungle enough. (Scorpions! Millipedes! Big Spiders!)

We went to a camping/resort type place. Students had the choice of tents or dorm room-type accommodations, while teachers had double rooms. There were flush toilets, and cold-water showers (more like throw a couple scoops of water over your head bucket baths than showers actually). The food was prepared for us, and we spent time roasting marshmallows over a bonfire.

But we also hiked. A lot. In the jungle. In. The. Jungle. Is it really hiking if you have to use your hands?--That seems more like crawling than hiking to me. There were ropes to climb up steep hills, and places where the path was only 8-9 inches wide on the side of a steep and rocky cliff. One of my fellow teachers told me to make sure to cover my face if I fell so I did not lose an eye or my teeth. Comforting, isn't he?

Some of the kids were literally RUNNING through the trees, one kid in bare feet! (He spends his summers working on his brother's game preserve in South Africa though, so I figure he's a special case). I struggled a lot. Because of my weight, and out-of-shapeness, and because I forgot my glasses and had almost no depth perception. It was hard. I want to go next year though, even though I've decided that I really don't like nature very much. I want to go, and be fit, and climb that freaking mountain without panting and being the last one to the top. I want to beat that beast!

Everything hurts now. Everything. I have popped Advil every 6 hours since I have been home, and I can barely get up the stairs. I want to die.
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    Oh no @ forgetting your glasses! You made it through, though and that's awesome :) It sounds like it was a great hike! And as for "Is it really hiking if you have to use your hands?" Absolutely! I bet you were feeling it in your arms and shoulders and core after this hike.
    1506 days ago
    I have a friend who says camping is a fate worse than death at the DMV, and your post made me think of her. LOL. It sounds like you conquered a beast THIS year!
    1506 days ago
  • MUFFIY831
    Sounds intense ... and awesome!
    1506 days ago
  • CCHEF1
    Huzzah, sounds like you did a great job with this trip. Loved this blog.
    1507 days ago
    What an experience. Just think next year when you have lost more weight you will take it all in stride. We have started camping in the woods in a tent this year. Not for more than a couple nights at a time. I love being outside in the summer.
    1507 days ago
  • KATD13
    OMG! This trip sounds amazing! Love nature, love to travel. Wish I had been there, by your side, to cheer you on.

    Go again next year. You may have a totally different perspective on your experience.

    For right now, you should be proud of your accomplishments on this trip. Hiking in the jungle, climbing a mountain...those are not easy activities. But you did it! And you will always be able to say "I did that!"
    1507 days ago
    Okay, you have to save this blog. Because it is going to be your inspiration for the year to come. And next year, when you race up that mountain, you will look back and laugh! (And I did laugh at some of your description of this trip!)

    You are a brave woman!
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    1508 days ago
    Hey! You DID IT! You wanted to die, but you did not. You might have been the last to arrive, but you got there. It will be amazing for you to go back next year and see how much better you feel.
    1508 days ago
    One day, just not a for awhile though, you will look back on these times as a time you had once.. It will be a badge of honor as it should be.

    God bless & take care!!

    1508 days ago
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