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KD Talbot
06-29-2011, 10:25 PM
If this seems like a plug to the moderators it is unintentional, feel free to remove this if it bends the rules.

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On "Mini Monkey" Course

Foreword: I've driven by this place a hundred times and said, "That looks like fun." If you've ever driven north on Rte.16 through Tamworth and Chocorua you know where I mean.

After a less than enthusiastic hike to Mount Major with my granddaughter I decided to try a different approach: maybe she's more of a mountaineer than a hiker...

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Waiting Her Turn

I didn't have a lot of luck getting my granddaughter to hike with me on this visit. We made it up and down Mount Major, which was something at least. It certainly meant a lot to me, if not her. I did however have much better luck with getting her up on the climbing courses at Monkey Trunks where she proved to be fearless and managed to outlast me by a good margin. I took these pictures as we progressed from Mini Monkey to King Kong and then on to the jungle, each course and each obstacle increasing in difficulty as we went along.

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On "King Kong" Course

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At the End of the 300' Zip Line

She had a ball, and even fell in the jungle, producing a nice rope burn on the inside of her biceps which she didn't even tell me about. I saw it later as we were swimming at Chocorua Lake. When I asked her, horrified, "What happened?" she said, "It happened when I fell. It doesn't hurt." Doesn't hurt my ass, I've had rope burns before. She let me put first aid cream on even though it "doesn't hurt".

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In the "Jungle"

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"No Wimps...

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...or Baby Chimps!"

Well, I found something she really enjoys. Apparently she's more of a mountaineer than a hiker. I hope I can get her interested in rock climbing from here. At least I know I have a bargaining chip now. "Oh, so you want to go to Monkey Trunks? OK, first you have to hike such and such mountain with me!"

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Cooling Off at Chocorua Lake After a Fun Day of Ropes and Obstacles

Cool Video HERE: (http://ghostflowers.smugmug.com/Family/Monkey-Trunks-the-Video/17809248_d2WxLB#1361124072_CZmVGCR)

Full set of pics HERE: (http://ghostflowers.smugmug.com/Family/Monkey-Trunks-62811/17792735_F3Tx2x#1359469523_rjqRn8x)

KDT

Snow Miser
06-30-2011, 08:06 AM
Very nice photos Kevin! It sure looks like the two of you had a great time. And I also think you do have a bargaining chip now. You're a very good grandfather! :)

And about the posting here, since we're all friends of the Observatory, I'm personally glad you posted it here for all of us to see. Thanks!

CHRIS
06-30-2011, 09:01 AM
Fantastic pictures Kevin. Nice that you get to spend some quality time with your Grand Daughter. You guys are definetly making wonderful memories. I have to say thou. She has more guts than me. I would not be up there.

KD Talbot
06-30-2011, 09:41 AM
Bob- I'm having a lot of fun with her. I hope it makes some lasting memories! We don't get to spend near as much time together as I'd like...

Chris- I'll tell you what, I wouldn't be up there either if she wasn't! Something about my make-up, though, I just couldn't let a little girl show me up, so up I went. She still managed to show me up, though, by outlasting me and being absolutely fearless up there. I might have been more fearless if I hadn't been watching my granddaughter dangling from a thread 30' in the air!

KDT

Jimmy Legs and Little d
06-30-2011, 12:42 PM
Mighty fine video Kevin. Thoroughly enjoyed it and the pictures. We've passed this course a few times on our way home. I think you've hit the mark with your grand daughter. Nice memories.
These outdoor activity places have sprung up all over and we hope to do a zipline one of these days; before we get too old :D

Donna:)