by Dayna Dague Morales
Tree to Tree Adventure is an aerial obstacle course.Sometimes an event is called family fun, but too often us big kids (parents) pay to watch our kids have fun. Guess what? Not this place! Pack the whole family and the dog too. We drove out of the city for about 20 minutes, traded freeway traffic for winding country roads, then 20 more minutes and SHABLAM we arrived!
We parked on the gravel road, opened the car door, and our dog (lucky) took off running toward open fields… nobody stopped her. Lucky was greeted by the local Tree to Tree dogs; they sniffed, circled and laid down the law for her, which must have been fine because off she ran with them. I glanced around expecting some sort of human regulatory restraint and breathed a sigh of relief when I realized there wasn’t one.
Phew one down, three to go. My husband our daughter in her 20’s and our eight year old still needed adventure. We heard an unexpected zip followed by a squeal of delight up in the trees; we took off running just like the dog. We were greeted by the local Tree to tree staff ; they informed, charged and got us geared up. We went to the kid’s course first. Our eight year old is pretty daring but doing an obstacle course off the ground had her thinking twice. A very patient, enthusiastic guide explained each detail. Our daughter’s legs were shaking the first time through; that is, until she completed the first zip line. She looked at us from the opposite side eyes sparkling and yelled, I want to do it again!
Tween and adult courses are higher off the ground and more demanding. Anyone who likes hiking, climbing, sports and adrenaline surges this is for you. The entire family is in the same area on different courses. It is a great adventure when each person participates in the same event and responds to it in a completely different way. You will be challenged mentally, physically, and emotionally. This is a terrific way to build self esteem, strength, problem solving and creative option skills. Oregon is known for its beauty. We have a plethora of tree species and this is just another way to celebrate them. Grab your family, friends, co-workers, special some-bodies, and get out here.
Oh and don’t forget the dog!
2975 SW Nelson Road Gaston, Oregon 97119 503-357-0109 Call for reservations
The photo above comes from the tree to tree website: www.treetotreeadventurepark.com