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I had a really good weekend. It was filled with TV shows, delicious food, and of course some adventures that I have and have not done. With my Friend D we went out to Pensacola and made a plan to go and have some fun. One of these ideas was to go ahead and climb at UWF. They had top rope there and I hadn’t done top rope before so we thought it might be fun to let me try a new way of climbing. So I got a little tour of the UWF gym that they had. Let me tell you that these guys went all out on building this place. They had a track, a basketball course, a tennis course, A climbing wall, a track, and a gym with all the equipment you need. It was so awesome to see but of course we ran into a little bit of an issue. The wall was closed on Fridays. 

A little frustrated but trying to stay positive we looked up other areas to see if there was somewhere else we could go. There was and so we went back to the car and made the twenty minute drive there. We had some trouble finding where to go and for a bit I was sure we were going to be totally lost. After some fumbling we got inside and found that man of the hour. We decided to go ahead and sign the forms, pay the fee and see how it goes. 

We got the instructions on how to use to top rope, how to climb and help each other out. We would take turns. One would climb and the other was your spotter. I quickly became nervous since the instructor was watching our every move. He was nice but made me super nervous. We decided to go ahead and use a Belay device. Basically it helps your partner get up and down the wall safely. The belay is attached to the person and anchor at the bottom. You have to keep the climbers rope night and tight while they climb so that they don’t trip or get tangled in the rope as they go. Then once they reach the top you have to bring them down safely and make sure to not just let them go completely. The second part I had a lot of trouble with. 

Mostly because its a lot of strength involved and D is twice my weight. The person who climbs leans back and the spotter then had to slowly let go of the lever and feed rope back through the belay. Let me tell you that I was so nervous of dropping D it was unnerving. Luckily he’s climbed a lot (since he was 3 years old) so he wasn’t nervous about it and trusted me completely. Personally I thought that was a mistake but since he’s still alive I guess it all turned out ok. 

After the first session the instructor left us alone and I felt much better with it being just the two of us. Not only was it better for me because I had someone who wasn’t being all judgy of the fact that I had never done this before but I also knew that D was calmer then the instructor. So with that we continued on for about an hour and a half. We both took turns and had some fun on the wall. I was able to climb about thirty feet with no issue and that was nice since I’m usually weird about heights. 

Once we were done I felt like a champion and luckily D was nice about the whole thing. Truth be told I’m really starting to enjoy climbing quite a bit and even though learning new things makes me a little nervous that’s totally ok. Somehow I got through it. 


 Have any of you guys done any climbing? Top Rope, Belay, Bouldering? 

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2018-07-09 13:16 by Sarah Denninger
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Work has been going much better since I Came back from our trip to Michigan. I think it’s a collection of things that have been going on that has made it much easier on me. One would be that I have clarity and insight as to what is happening in my family and all the craziness. Another reason would be that I just generally am getting better at controlling my emotions and knowing that I need to leave all my feelings about things outside of work and not bring it into the workplace. My part time job is a wonderful job with wonderful people who all try their best to be a family and keep up the good mood. 

I also have become friends again with someone that I knew in High school. For this article I will call him D. D was someone I knew in school that I got close to thanks to the programs that Niceville offered. We had a bunch of I.T classes and because of that I met some cool people in high school. D and I only had one class together but we got to know each other through that program. He had a crazy girlfriend that definitely didn’t like me and she made it very clear that he wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near me. So because of that D and I only really hung out when school was in session. 

He also was a year or two ahead of me and ended up graduating. So I was left with very few friends and he went to college to pursue his crazy amount of interests. Now were about five years in the future and it just so happened that we ended up talking again.  He’s been really helping me out with some of the troubles I have been going through and I really appreciate him being there. 

Along with all of that I have my eyes set on the ultimate prize. New Zealand. So with that all in mind and this long wait to go to a wonderful country I am doing my best to keep myself going. So far its working and I can’t wait to see what happens in the future. 

Here I come New Zealand. 


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I don’t know if you guys have done this before but there is this thing called bouldering. It’s a form of rock climbing where you have no ropes attached. IT sounds crazy just reading that line and let me tell you, I really thought that I was going to die. My friend and I got to this place, we enter and I take a look around. It’s called Rock Out and it’s a pretty decent size. You sign a waiver, you tell them your size shoes and you go from there. Of course every sport comes with an instructional video. So we watched it and once it was over we went to the other side of the gym where there was all the easy stuff ready for us to do. 

Now these set ups are all over the place and they are anywhere from easy to hard. So I take a look around and with some encouragement I give the wall a try. You guys it is slightly terrifying. Its anywhere from fifteen to twenty feet off the ground and you have to be able to either climb down or jump down. Definitely not easy. 

The first few times I got up the wall I climbed my way back down. It was terrifying to say the least and I really thought that I wouldn't be able to jump down...ever. As we progressed it got a little easier. Then we decided to switch walls. On the other side the wall is leaning a little bit outwards. So I give it a go. I get half way up when I abort and fall on the mat. It was the angle of the wall that was throwing me off. So my friend showed me how to distribute my body weight so that I have an easier time getting up. 

With that in mind I went ahead and tried again. This time I got to the top but I had to jump down because the climb back down was worse than going up. Let’s just say that it was a rough time. I had to take a minute to breathe because it was a lot for me to handle. The instructors at the gym were probably having a riot. It’s all a mental game and yes, it is scary for me but I also knew that the more we did the wall, the more I would build up on my fear and get over it. 

Eventually though I did have to call it quits and it was mostly because of the way my hands were feeling. They were sore and every time I would start a climb the pain would travel up my arm. So I told my friend I needed to stop but if he wanted to keep going he could. 

So I can say that I learned something new about myself. Heights are still a factor and they are something I am afraid of but, I can also conquer those fears and take control. It was fun to experience a new form of exercise and I can say that it was worth the climb. 

Have you guys ever done bouldering before? 


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I just wanted to wish everyone a happy 4th of July. For those of you that are partying on this day please be sure to be safe and to not be too reckless. Any accidents can cause you or someone else to get hurt. If your drinking please be as responsible as you can be and don't drink and drive. It will help us all make it to our destinations and not have to go to the hospital on a day where we are celebrating our independence. If you are staying home and chilling with the family then I do hope you all enjoy your time together and have fun. 

For me personally ill be working all day and I don't know what were doing when I get off but I will take what I can get. 

So with that I wish you all a happy 4th of July. 

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2018-07-04 09:50 by Sarah Denninger
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A very short post. 

 I just wanted to say that I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July. Its going to be crazy on the side of stores and making sure we serve our guests but its also going to be fun for those of you who are out an about today drinking and chilling with family. With that being said please be safe out there. I know that some of you will be getting your drink on so please be safe and responsible. Accidents are a sure way to get you or someone else hurt. 

So with that being said I do hope you all have a wonderful and happy 4th of July. A day where we celebrate this countries great independence. Thank you all so much for sticking around and reading my stuff. Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July and I will see you all on the flip side. 

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