This is a continuation of the series that began last month. My goal is to try something new, so that I have tried at least one new thing a week for the duration of one year. It helps get me out of my comfort zone and out in the world living my best life. Join me on this journey as we discuss 52 things in 52 weeks, month two.
6. Laser Tag
I have always heard about laser tag and just thought it didn’t sound like something I’d be interested in doing. But recently, an opportunity arose to give it a try and I was with a friend who was really wanting to play. It. Was. AMAZING! I had the absolute best time. My friend and I waited in line along with eight other strangers. When they opened the doors, they gave us each a vest and gun. They told us we would be divided into teams, and our vests would light up to tell us which team we were on. My friend and I ended up on the same team. Once the game begins, you run into an inflatable maze, with lights flashing and little peek a boo spots to sneak up on someone. If you are shot so many times in a row, you have to wait 20 seconds before you will come back to life and be able to shoot someone else. It was such a blast! We ran around shooting each other and laughing so hard. It takes a good amount of energy, but only for a short amount of time. I will definitely to this again!
7. Show on Ice
While I have been ice skating a couple of times (never actually letting go of the railing), I have never been to a performance on ice. On our most recent cruise vacation, the ship and an ice skating rink (I know right?!). While there were certain times you could go in and skate, they also offered a show on ice. There was no way I was missing this opportunity! It was a type of circus on ice, the performers where dressed as clowns, lions, etc. They did such a phenomenal job. I was so impressed by their ability to do the various jumps and spins. It was very cool to see. It was also hilarious! They had me laughing so hard the entire time. And at one point, I was trying to get a video of the performance (we were on the front row), when one of the actors spotted my phone and ran over and fought with another character to get in a selfie with me!
8. Sea Turtle Spotting
I love snorkeling. It is one of my favorite activities when I go on vacation if the water is clear. But I have never had an opportunity to snorkel for an unlimited amount of time out in the open ocean. Royal Caribbean offers this opportunity on their private island. Beyond the rock barriers, they have stationed several free floating docks (with life guards), for you to snorkel as long as you please and be able to take breaks as needed. I spent around five hours snorkeling and saw so many fish, all different sizes and colors. We were lucky enough to spot a decent size sting ray and follow him for a bit. Right as I thought I was going to be done for the day, exhaustion setting in, I thought I saw something in the distance, near one of the floating docks. I decided to check it out and sure enough, it was a sea turtle! I have never been able to see one in the wild and it was incredible!
9. Visit a Sea Turtle Sanctuary
On a recent trip to Jekyll Island, we learned of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. It is Georgia’s only sea turtle education and rehabilitation facility. There you can take a tour of the facility and visit the on-site hospital. All sea turtles are there with a goal of being released back to the wild once their issues have been resolved. Several times throughout the day they offer a “meet the patient” program, where the staff will introduce you to each of the turtles currently in the hospital, explain the reason they are there, and answer any questions you may have. There is also a fun game that is perfect for kiddos (or…me) that will let you be a sea turtle as you visit the exhibit. You answer questions throughout the tour, making decisions that a normal sea turtle may face. At the end, you find out how long your life estimate would have been based on your answers.