George, George, George of the Jungle

Trip Start Jul 11, 2009
Trip End Jul 20, 2009

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

While we were rafting yesterday, our raftguide was telling us about the Treetops Canopy Tour that Rivermen offers. Melissa and Chris (the couple from Tampa) were going to be doing it in the morning and it sounded like a lot of fun. So, we figured since we were camping the second night anyways, we might as well stay for a few extra hours to do the Treetops trip.

Monday night was FREEZING cold – and by freezing, I mean around 58 degrees (which is winter time to a Floridian :) So getting up at 6:30 was not the most exciting thing but eventually we packed our tent and headed back over to Rivermen for the 8:30 trip.

We were strapped into a harness and headed into the forest for a brief instructional class on how to zipline through the trees. We had a blast on this trip! It's slightly terrifying to be standing on these wooden platforms about 75 feet up a tree but the cable system they have set up actually made you feel really safe. We zipped through a bunch of trees reaching around 35 mph; we walked along a couple rope bridges; and eventually repelled about 40 ft. down a tree to end the trip. We even did one zip were you got a running head start off this huge rock and then just jumped. The guides we were with (Charlie & Kelly) were awesome – super knowledgeable about everything and they made the trip really fun!

I was really glad we decided to stay for the ziplining and didn’t miss out on such a cool adventure. Next, was the 6 hour drive to Washington, DC. Once we got there, I got excited and started taking pictures as soon as we started driving into the city. Unfortunately, my excitement quickly dwindled when we started looking for a hotel.

(NOTE to those who don’t know: DC is busier during the week than the weekend, we had no clue)

Soooo we originally started driving down streets looking for hotels but found that to be ridiculous because of the traffic and people. We pulled into the parking lot in front of the Capital Building and started looking up hotels on Joey’s phone and on the car GPS. We ended up calling about 25 different hotels –EVERYTHING was booked and anything right within DC was at least $250 per night and we were planning on staying 2 nights. At this point we were hungry, tired, and annoyed. I decided that a trip to DC is not really the best idea when you’re on a road trip and nothing is planned – DC must be planned and organized  (or you at least need to be familiar with the city and what it’s like) in order to avoid massive headaches.

But eventually, we did find an open room at a Hilton about 15 miles outside of DC (and shocking as it might sound … the Hilton had the CHEAPEST price yet.) Our room was so nice and it was great to sleep in a soft, fluffy, bed with down pillows and a down comforter after our nights of ruffin’ it in the woods.
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