Our Summer 2013 Bucket List: The Seattle Great Wheel

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I am happy to say that we knocked off our first big item on our family summer bucket list!  We made a trip to Seattle and took a ride on The Seattle Great Wheel ( http://seattlegreatwheel.com ).  Our son was a little unsure about being up so high and said he was afraid but once we were standing in line he was excited that we were going to be riding the ferris wheel!  I went ahead and bought our tickets online, had them printed, and once we arrived all we needed was our free pass for the baby.  Everything worked perfectly, we didn’t have to wait in line at the ticket booth and our wait to get in a gondola was also short.  It was a very fun experience and I am glad that my son enjoyed being up so high.  We had a beautiful view of the water front and Puget Sound even though it was overcast – as usual!

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I took the first picture while waiting in line.  Then I had to start dancing to keep our baby girl happy since I had her in the Ergo and she was fussy.  Thankfully, there was music playing through speakers while we waited to board a gondola!  Below was our view of the harbor – beautiful!

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After the ride we had lunch and decided to visit the Fremont Troll under the bridge in Fremont ( http://fremont.com ).  Even though this is not on our bucket list, we figured we would take advantage since we were already close to Fremont.  It took a few minutes for our son to warm up to the giant Troll under the bridge but once he did he was ready to climb!  This is a fun spot to stop with kids!

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Our Summer 2013 Bucket List

Our Summer 2013 Bucket List

This is our family bucket list – we have joined the happy family movement challenge thanks to a friend of mine! After seeing her bucket list and checking out the site I realized that we always say we want to do things and go places as a family but almost never get to everything we absolutely want to do! So, after careful planning, we created our own family bucket list for the summer. I am looking forward to the fun we will be having and the memories we will be creating as a family. Join the movement, take the challenge! More info: http://thehappyfamilymovement.com

GO RUCK CHALLENGE: Class 516 Seattle, WA

SO – I said I would post about the Go Ruck Challenge ( https://www.goruck.com ) once I completed it and I haven’t … until now.

They say that anyone can complete the Challenge, as long as you are willing to stick it out and get over any kind of “tiny heart syndrome” you might have.  They say that it is a team event and that “teamwork is the key.”  Well, what they say is true.  After having only really, REALLY exercised maybe twice since my daughter was born (7 months old when the challenge rolled around), I hopped into our car with my husband at about 11:00pm and made the trip to our start point at the Space Needle in Seattle.  I wasn’t sure what to expect even though I had been searching and reading as many blog posts as I could about a Challenge before the event.  All I knew was that for the next 8 to 10 to maybe more hours, we would be rucking around Seattle carrying bricks and whatever else our cadre deemed necessary.

At the start point, we had a beautiful view of the Space Needle up close with all its lights on.  We got to stand around for a little while and check out our teammates.  Some we had met on mini-training get togethers, most were still complete strangers that we would have to work with to survive whatever lay ahead.Image

Once our cadre arrived the fun got started.  All cadre have a background in Special Ops and they love, almost seem to live on, making us do fun things like stay in the front leaning rest (push up position) and do flutter kicks (on your back, legs extended) while we get to learn about why they are a cadre and what Go Ruck means to them.  We also did fun activities to learn each other’s names – like staying in the front leaning rest until we could go through and name every single person in our group of 25 strangers … without making a mistake.  After our team hashed that out, we got started on our trek.

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The night was filled with fun.  We learned a lot about our cadre – Cadre Bert.  We mostly learned that he’s a fair guy.  Meet your time hash to get wherever you need to go and he’ll be fair … miss your time hash by 03 seconds and he’ll still be fair.  That’s where our bear crawls, crab walks, and relay race happened to us.  With rucks on.  What is in the ruck, you say?  4 to 6 bricks (depending on your weight), water, and whatever else you thought you were going to need but ended up realizing was just extra weight you had to carry around all night.

Throughout the event we had great views of the city at night and into the wee hours of the morning.  The team picked up a log to carry along the way in addition to our team weight (combined 25 lbs of Ernesto the wooden fish and Rainier beer cans), American flag, and the cadre’s keg.  It was a night of good livin’.

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And you really do everything as a team.  If you take on this event go into it with a “nobody gets left behind” attitude.  One team, one fight.  One of our teammates at the beginning said something interesting – don’t LET anyone quit because they will have to wake up tomorrow and look at themselves in the mirror knowing that they gave up.

One of our teammates was badly injured just a few miles short of completing the event.  He didn’t quit, he was buddy carried to the end.  The team stayed with him and he finished with the team.  I felt tons of support as well.  There were moments where my knees were killing me, where I thought I wouldn’t make it because I’m a mom and this stuff is hard.  But our team worked together, we kept a good pace and stayed motivated throughout the event.  It also helped that Cadre Bert told us a story at the beginning that made a lot of sense.  If you think you can’t go on because you’re “gonna die” then stop where you are and just die.  It sounds ridiculous but you realize you are not in fact dying.  And you keep on going.

Anyone can get through a Challenge.  It’s an interesting experience to have to pull together as a team in such a short span of time with complete strangers.  But I wholeheartedly recommend taking on the Go Ruck Challenge.  It’s an event you won’t forget.

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