I was holding back on posting about this because I wanted to wait until things were official. Remember how I posted about wanting to do something exciting and my introduction to First Descents? Well, I applied for one of their trips and was accepted. I had my oncologist’s office fill out the necessary medical forms and I’ll officially be embarking on a white water kayaking expedition with other cancer survivors in mid-May.
Why now and why this trip? Well, I really wanted to do one of their mountain scaling/climbing trips. I am afraid of heights and I thought that trip would force me to face and overcome one of my fears (sorta how I had to suck it up and face lots of needles over the past year). Well, the dates for those trips just did not work with my schedule. So, I opted for white water kayaking in Bryson City, North Carolina. I have kayaked before, but never in water that moves. Also, I’ve never been to North Carolina. And here’s the other part – I’ll be camping (probably/hopefully in a cabin?). I received an awesome stocking stuffer this year that I proudly display on my refrigerator. It is a magnet that reads “I love not camping” and it shows a woman lounging luxuriously in her bed. That magnet describes me perfectly. Although I can handle a one night camping trip, I’ve never ever thought I’d be camping for a whole week. This trip will definitely take me out of my comfort zone. But that is the whole point. I want to do something that will challenge me both physically and mentally. Perhaps I should see if Bri will take me on a practice run camping trip – preferably when it is a little warmer outside.
So, I don’t have many details about my trip, other than the dates and location. I should receive more info about 10 weeks prior.