Being a family on the fly, we need to be pretty choosy about the toys that travel with us. They need to be compact, fun for the whole family, and something that won’t get tossed aside after a few weeks. We recently discovered such an item through the Sparkling Adventures blog. Imagine a portable tightrope that can be quickly and easily strung between two sturdy anchor points (i.e. trees) at a height just a foot or two off the ground. Called a slackline, it promises unlimited fun for the young and less-young alike. We got exactly what we bargained for when the Gibbon Classic Slackline we ordered finally arrived.
With our slackline in tow, we soon headed out to find a suitable place to walk the line. We first used the flagpole and laundry line pole in the backyard, and cranking the ratchet a few times it was ready to go in a matter of minutes. The surf was pounding a few blocks away though, and we soon decided to scout for a place right on the beach. A sturdy fence post and jack pine tree were perfectly placed for our next not-quite-high flying trip. Admittedly, we all needed someone nearby to help us balance, and some of us took the the sky more naturally than others, but overall we loved the challenge and couldn’t get enough of our new 49-foot fun rope.
In the end, the allure of climbing a nearby seawall proved to be too strong to resist for the younger Fives, and they soon were conquering even loftier heights. In addition to climbing and jumping, “Mt. Fiji” had an impressive network of hollow spaces between the rocks that made excellent caves. We soon got used to seeing Five Ball and Five of Hearts disappear for minutes at at time only to pop out at some unexpected place in the wall. And best of all, Five String and Five Spice didn’t need to crawl in after anyone.
As the tide started to come in, we eventually retreated from our place on the beach. Walking home, we couldn’t help scanning every tree, pole, and post we passed as a potential slàckline anchor. I guess it’s safe to say we’re officially hooked and will probably never look at a fence post the same way ever again.