Tenney was peacefully enjoying a dream about accepting her 19th Grammy Award when an annoying beeping sound startled her awake.
She sat up in her bed – but instantly got hit in the face! “Owww!” She groaned. She lied back in bed, rubbing her, head, confused.
Just then, she heard someone walking through the door, and the lights turned on. She blinked, adjusting to her surroundings. Then she remembered: she was at camp!
“Rise and shine, Phoenix cabin! We need to get dressed and then we’ll head on over to the Mess Hall for breakfast.”
Paris groaned and yawned loudly, while Tenney pulled the covers over her head, moaning.
At breakfast, Tenney munched her food thoughtfully. She felt a little out of place here, and sort of missed home. But she would never admit that to Paris or Jade. “So, what are we doing today?” Paris asked Jade, taking a big bite of bacon.
“Well, after flag and cabin cleanup, we have specialty until lunch. Paris, you’re in basketball this week, right?” Paris nodded. “And Tenney, this week you’re doing music.”
“Cool!” Tenney says, forgetting about her homesickness. She started to imagine herself impressing the whole specialty with her musical talent and songwriting skills.
“And after lunch, we have ropes!”
Tenney instantly stopped imagining, paused her eating, and froze. She could almost hear a record scratch, like in cartoons. “Wait, we have ropes today?”
“Yeah! There’s the Zipline, the Screamer, the Leap of Faith, the Bushwacker, and the Ropes Course. We have a really small cabin this year, so you guys could go on every single ropes if you want to!”
“Yes!” Paris exclaimed happily. “Last year I couldn’t even do any because I had, like, six girls in my cabin – and one of them got stuck at the top of the Leap Of Faith and started crying. They actually had to belay her down, which I think is scarier than actually going on the Leap.”
“What’s the Leap of Faith?” Tenney asked, her heart even beating a little faster at the thought of being dozens of feet in the air, with nothing but a harness and rope to hold her.
“You have to climb up this really shaky pole, and then you have to stand up on top of it, and then you have to jump off of the pole and try to grab the bar. If you don’t grab the bar, you fall for a few seconds and then it catches you and they belay you down. It’s so fun!”
“Doesn’t sound that fun to me,” Tenney muttered. “Um, what else is there?”
“The Screamer is like a giant swing – there’s a huge platform you jump off of , and then you swing back and forth. And the Bushwacker is another big platform, but you have to do a ropes course to get up there, and then you swing around in this huge circle. It’s awesome! And in the Zipline, there’s a tightrope you walk across (but there’s ropes you can hold on to), and you step off of the platform and zip around the woods. And the ropes course is really easy – it’s pretty self explanatory. I mean, it’s a ropes course.”
“Wow. I think I’m going to do the…” Tenney took a deep breath. “…ropes course?”
“Nice choice!” Jade said. “I went on that one during training week. It was awesome!”
Tenney forced herself to choke down a cinnamon roll. Suddenly, she wasn’t so hungry anymore.
“That was INSANE!” Paris squealed happily as Phoenix Cabin walked along the trail to the Ropes Course. “The zipline is my all-time favorite. We were so high! Ugh, I loved it!”
Jade high-fived her. “Too bad Tenney didn’t want to do it! But it was fun being your zip partner. We rocked! Are you sure you don’t want to do anything else, Ten? Just the Ropes Course?”
“I’m sure,” she said nervously, still regretting her decision to do ropes at all.
“Hi! You guys must be from Phoenix. I’m Kisha! I’m going to be your Ropes Coach for the Ropes Course today. Which one of you guys is doing the Course?”
Reluctantly, Tenney raised her hand. “I’m doing it.” She felt sick to her stomach, and her legs shook – and she was still on the ground! But something inside her told her that she needed to do this. She needed to face her fears.
She was shaking as Kisha clipped on her harness. “Tenney, are you sure you want to do this?” Tenney nodded reluctantly. “Let’s pray before you go up there.”
They all embraced in a group hug as Kisha and Jade prayed together. …and please keep Tenney safe, and help her to be confident and trust in you. Help her to know that you’re with her every moment. Amen!”
“You ready?” Kisha asked.
“I-” she looked up again, at the course, and suddenly it didn’t seem so high anymore.
Kisha clipped the rope to her harness. “Can I get spotters over here?” Paris and Jade came over to the rope ladder and held their hands up. “Spotters ready?”
“Ready,” they said. “Belay secure?”
“Belay secure.” She turned to Tenney. “Climber ready?”
She took a deep breath. “Ready.”
She stepped onto the ladder, starting to think that this wasn’t so bad. She climbed up and up, getting past the rungs easily…until she reached the top.
“You can do it, Tenney!” Paris cheered.
That was when she looked down, realizing how tiny Paris and Jade and Kisha looked, and her stomach did a backflip. She held on to the ladder so tightly her knuckles turned white!
“God,” she prayed. “Please give me the courage to keep going.”
Suddenly, the shaky, scared feeling melted away. Bravely, she grabbed the first obstacle….
And then the next….
….And the next!
She was shaking with adrenaline, and still kind of scared. But this was actually kind of fun!
Finally, she made it to the tree on the other side, where a counselor was waiting to catch her and belay her down to where Kisha stood at the stump of the tree. “Did you have fun?” He asked.
“Yeah,” Tenney said. “I actually did.”
Thanks for reading! I really hope you enjoyed this post, I worked so hard on it! Here’s some fun facts about this post:
- I photographed this backwards over a span of three weeks!
- The Bushwacker, Screamer, Leap of Faith, and Zipline are all real rope courses at my camp I go to every summer!
- Tenney “put on a jacket” in the middle of the series because I couldn’t find the hoodie!
- I used my little sister’s actual mini “ninja warrior” course for this photo story!
- The woods were background-swapped (but you could probably tell :P) and this was photographed in my front yard!
What was the coolest fun fact? Have you ever been on a ropes course? Are you excited about this series?
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