As I get older, I don’t need or want fanfare or hoopla surrounding my birthday. I usually enjoy the day with my family. But, Kirsten, being the fantastic friend and blog partner that she is decided that we should celebrate by doing all the things that I love to do. This year, to celebrate my birthday we did activities that are essentially what this blog is all about- books, adventures, family, fun, and tea ( coffee if you like that kind of thing)!!!! The adventure to rock climb at Gravity Vault in Radnor was the highlight and the perfect end to the day.
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So what could be a better way to start the day than with the news that I share a birthday with the new little prince? I am hoping for the name James/Jack. As a Canadian, and part of the Commonwealth, this tiny little monarch has the potential to be my king one day (however unlikely that is). It’s also important to know that while I am Canadian and I do love a great proper cup of tea, I also can appreciate WaWa for what it is- only the best store ever to sell convenience items of all sort. With that said, we stopped at WaWa for a delicious iced Vanilla Chai Latte (or GIGANTIC coffee if you are Kirsten) and headed over the Cathy’s 1/2 Price Books Store.
We have talked about this amazing bookstore before. It is so much fun to grab some really great finds. I bought a copy of my favorite book Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen for $2! I lent someone my copy a while ago and because I hadn’t put my awesome library cards in the book, I never got it back and can’t remember who I lent it to. Now, I have a copy. I also grabbed a copy of Griffin and Sabine: An extraordinary Literary correspondence by Nick Bantock. This was such an amazing find. I read this years ago and can’t wait to read it again. The entire story is told through letters and postcards. The best part, you have to take the letters out of the envelope.
Time to Climb
From the bookstore, we worked up quite an appetite. So, we headed over for a great sushi lunch. Last, but not least, came the main event- rock climbing at the Gravity Vault in Radnor. At first glance, the rock walls can look very intimidating. They are 30 + feet high. We had a great coach who was very encouraging. Kirsten was a little apprehensive at first but, our fabulous coach was able to get both of us to the top of every wall we climbed.
We started with a wall that I think is used for the 5+ crowd. I’m not kidding when I say that the entire was filled with letters and numbers as grips! It was definitely harder than it looked. I am sure my arms and legs will be so sore tomorrow. Kirsten was a serious speed climber. For someone who was a little scared, she didn’t show it one bit as she spider monkeyed her way up the walls.
We even tried one wall that was almost 40 feet high. It was really hard with some tiny little holds but totally worth it. Climbing was a seriously fabulous and fantastic time. It was a huge adrenaline rush and really great exercise too. I had such a huge feeling of accomplishment when I was done and I cannot wait to go and try it again. This activity would be perfect for a group, a date or just something different to do in the afternoon one day.
Have you been to Gravity Vault? Let us know what you thought.