Question: What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done on vacation?
We were in Tanzania and we decided to take the hot-air balloon ride over the animals. It was Amazing. AND well worth the money.
An elephant ride up the side of the mountain to see the palace in India. Fun and adventurous.
we went on an all-day hike up a mountain and at one point we had to shimmy sideways along a ledge that was less than two feet wide. the views at the top of the mountain definitely justified the long climb.
I went on safari at the Masa Mara in Kenya in Sept 2010 and took a walking hike with an armed ranger. To our surprise a hippo started to charge us and the ranger quickly and safely got ourselves out of danger.
Komodo Dragon: Komodo Island, Indonesia. We hiked an hour and a half (each way) into the remote jungle from where the Zodiac vessel dropped us on shore from our cruise ship.
The Komodo Dragon is the world’s biggest lizard and a fierce predator. This solitary meat-eater is a reptile, a cold-blooded animal. It is a fast runner; it can run up to 11 mph (18 kph). It is also a good tree climber and swimmer. Komodo Dragons live on islands in Indonesia, including the island of Komodo. It averages almost 9 feet (2.8 m) long, but can get up to 10 feet (3 m) long and weighs up to 300 pounds (135 kg). It has large jaws, four short legs, and five-toed feet with sharp claws. The tail is longer than the body. It senses chemicals with a long, yellow, forked tongue.
The Komodo Dragon is a carnivore (meat-eater). It eats almost anything that it can catch or find, including goats, deer, wild boars, other lizards, and dead meat that it finds. The Komodo Dragon has disease-ridden bacteria in its mouth. After it bites its prey, the victim will sicken and die from blood poisoning within a day or two. The Komodo Dragon will then find the body and eat it. Komodo Dragons have been known to kill people.
It was a hot and humid 1 and 1/2 hour walk to return to our Zodiac boat . When we got back on board our ship we heard gossip about someone being chased by a Komodo Dragon. The two of us were talking about it on our little deck outside of our cabin when the man in the cabin next to ours leaned around and said “that was me it was chasing- I nearly had a heart attack!”
We indulge in holidays of extremes, last year Royal Caribbean’s unbelievable” Oasis of the Seas” this Christmas Emirates flight on the new huge Airbus 380, to cruise from Dubai on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance, then return to Dubai to stay and visit the Burg Khalifa, the tallest structure in the Western Hamisphere.Not bad for a couple of “over 70’s”
Picture yourself in a 48′ Yawl sailing up the Northeast Coast of North America. About 10 miles from shore, as you cross from Newfoundland to Labrador under full sail, the winds pick up, icebergs appear and with a sudden williwal you find the mast of your boat broken in half. There is scurry of activity to get turn the boat upwind, the sails in, sheets (ropes) tied down and the motor started. The nearest port is in Cartwright Labrador where you get the mast unstepped, and the locals beging the work of splinting it like a broken leg and new spreaders designed – all out of fairly primative tools. After an amazing feat, the mast is put back together and put in the boat. You now continue, cautiously, up to Goose Bay to pick up supplies and let a few of the boat’s crew disembark. Four of you are left to bring the crippled boat home (1500 miles). You gas up and set out only to find that there were the dregs of jet fuel that got into your gas….the engine stops. Now you must continue your trip under total sail with no power what-so-ever – no radio, no electricity for pumping water out during a storm…nothing but good sailing technique. You encounter a full gale storm off the coast of Newfoundland with seas in excess of 50′. Water/waves are crashing over the boat. The bilge pump breaks. You are now sending buckets full of water topside. Somehow, you make it into a snug harbor in Newfoundland to wait until the storm subsides. Finally you head home.
This was my most adventurous vacation. There were other incidences during this vacation, all of which I will never forget.
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