Looking back at my 5 most adventurous and favourite outdoor activities through these years along with details on what went down while I attempted them:
- Snowmobiling – This by far is my favourite outdoor activity. I had first-hand experience of snowmobiling in Whistler, Canada. Whistler is one of the largest ski resorts of North America. There could have been no better place than Whistler for me to have tasted the adrenaline that comes with it. We were a group of 6 on our snowmobiles led by a trainer. The two hour long ride consists of ridges, narrow turns, slopes and slides. The rush and speed of the ride is exhilarating, to say the least. I crashed my snowmobile twice and my trainer was not very pleased with my skills. The highlight was a short break to indulge in snow fights. While one wishes that one could slow down and admire the beauty of the beautiful surroundings and paths – you are instead racing .This was one memorable, freeze my butt day.
- Bungee Jumping – I bungee jumped a few years ago and I think this was one of my first experiences of adventure activities and a tick off my bucket list. I took this leap of faith in Uganda, Africa over the river Nile. I was definitely the most ‘enthu cutlet’ in my group and decided to take the plunge first. It was all exciting and happy while I was being briefed and prepped. The moment I stepped on the ledge, I was all nerves and freaking out. I have to give it to our instructor as he refused to push me and patiently waited for me to Jump and it was worth it. Those few seconds of the world upside down and your head hitting the water is pure joy. I hope i can put my faith into more bungee jumps.
- River Rafting – Most people in India want to experience river rafting in Rishikesh. In my case, my tryst with river rafting was in Leh, Ladakh. I am a non-swimmer and yet love water based activities. I was with another friend and this was our last day in Leh. Our driver drove us to the starting point where we surprised my friend who wasn’t all in for river rafting in the freezing Indus. We got on that raft, a total of 4 adults and a kid joined us who was fearless and made us look like scared fools. If it wasn’t for him we probably wouldn’t have had the courage to enjoy as much. Jumping into water has been one of my regular ‘moments’ and the same played out here even before I was asked to. It was amazing, scary and COLD. The experience of being surrounded by the stark beauty that Leh is and rafting in the middle of peaks and ending at the Sangam point has been unlike any other.
- Zip Lining – I also zip lined for the first time in Whistler. Zip lining in minus degree temperatures amongst forests, snow and over water bodies was the highlight of this zip line. It may not have been the highest or longest but ranged from 400 – 1100 ft. Walking in the cold, crossing ridges and suspension bridges was all a part of it. Hanging in the middle of nowhere overlooking old pinewood trees, trying stunts as you are dangling and flying is surreal. The feeling of your heart sinking every time you are pushed makes me want to zip line again .I think this has been my most fun and chilled experience.
- Fly Boarding – The last but the hardest activity for me was fly boarding. Thanks to a group of friends who decided we must try this in Dubai, I found myself more than eager to give it a shot. The videos and trainers made it look like a piece of cake – all you had to do was stand in water. As each of us started, I realised how difficult and tiring this actually was and even though it is a lot of fun, be prepared for salt water and a lot of falls and splashes. There is a high in getting it right and being able to balance and as soon as you relish it , boom – you fall hard! This one was one thrilling and tiring off bucket list adventure.
Hope you guys enjoyed reading about my adventures , do share your favourites!