There are now just over two weeks until my sister's wedding! This past weekend, we went to Myrtle Beach for her bachelorette party. My mom and I went a day early to get everything set up and prepare and then everyone else arrived Friday afternoon/evening.
First things first, we had dinner Friday night at Buffalo Wild Wings so that we could watch Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament. After the game, we got dressed up a little and went to a night club at Broadway at the Beach. I'm 20 years old and that was my first time going to a club and probably my last. It's just not for me.
On Saturday, we went to Go Ape adventure course - it's an outdoor park with tons of obstacles, zip lines, and Tarzan swings all in the tree tops. You're placed in a secure harness and trained on all of the obstacles and safety equipment by the staff before starting and then you're free to go throughout the trail. It might seem a little complicated at first knowing exactly how to remain secure at all times but we all caught on very quickly and it's really simple once you get the hang of it.
Completing the course was physically and mentally challenging and that's how it's supposed to be. Of course going across a bridge suspended in the air isn't a cake walk, but it's a great team building and bonding activity. I know the bridesmaids had a great time and it was a fun, unique way for us to connect. We all felt really accomplished and proud after completing the course together. I won't lie though, I'm currently typing this on Monday night and still feeling sore from using muscles I haven't used before.
Some of the obstacles involved include climbing ladders up to the first platform in each set and then crossing all different types of bridges to get to a Tarzan swing or zip line. I loved ziplining, especially on the two that go over the lake, but did not love the Tarzan swing. My cousins loved the Tarzan swing though, so there's something for everyone. Fortunately for me, there are four zip lines and only 2 Tarzan swings (and one is optional!) so we all had a lot of fun!
The temperature during our adventure was in the 60s so we really enjoyed the cooler weather and were glad it wasn't extremely hot. Towards the end of the course, it did get a little windy though which made me a little more nervous than I already was, but everyone finished fine. I would recommend going on a day that wasn't windy but know that if it is, the experience will still be good.
One last note I would like to make on our experience at Go Ape is that the staff were amazing. The boys helping us throughout the course were so nice and friendly - they made the experience even better. Booking was also a very easy process, which I did over the phone around two or three weeks before our trip, and when we arrived at the course everything was ready. Big thanks to Go Ape for their help in making our bachelorette weekend one to remember!
I know many of you reading this post might not be in the South Carolina area so I did want to note that there are several Go Ape locations around the country - including in Raleigh, NC! Be sure to check their website for locations if you're interested in having an adventure like ours!
After spending a good 2.5 hours in the trees, we finished the course and went to Olive Garden for our last dinner of the trip. On Sunday, we woke up and viewed all of our GoPro clips and put together the video below so that everyone could see just how much fun we had on our bachelorette weekend. 😊