Slackers? Maybe…

By , July 15, 2010 12:12 pm


We’ve been in with my sister, Wendy, and her family in Shelton, WA for quite a while.  She has a small farm with a number of critters…  horses, llamas, alpacas, geese, dogs, cats, etc.  I’ve been helping out a bit with some farm work (like loading hay bales) and Dasy has been doing some of the cooking.  We’ve also been watching the niece and nephews when needed.

While hanging out with the family one night, Jim and Wendy showed us some videos of people on a slackline.  Jim showed me a clip of how someone set up carabineers to make a primitive block and tackle and we started talking about how much equipment it would take to set up a slackline.  I mentioned that it wasn’t really necessary, as I already had just about everything needed, since that’s pretty much the same stuff I use to pull stuck vehicles out when off-roading.  One thing lead to another and we soon had an impromptu slackline in the front yard. Winking smile

For those who don’t want to go read the link above, slacklines are like tightropes, but generally are made out of web straps (kind of like a seatbelt) and are supposed to be a bit loose (“slack”) so that they flex when weight is on them.  This allows some people to do some really interesting tricks on them.  It’s kind of fun and turns out to be pretty good exercise too.  We might do this periodically, depending on where we camp and what the room is like.  I probably need something a little less “beefy” than my tow strap though… it has almost NO stretch.  Right now, that’s a good thing.  We set it up very tight, as that’s easier for newbie “slackers”. Smile

From here, we’re off to Seattle for a week or so.  After that, we’re kind of undecided.  We want to see Mount Rainier National Park and we may come back and visit Olympic National Park as well.  We’ll work it out on the way.




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6 Responses to “Slackers? Maybe…”

  1. Sara and Gary says:

    It does look like fun….until you lose your balance OUCH! Looks like a great place to spend some time.

    Take care,
    Sara and Gary

    • Jonathan says:

      It is fun… until you land badly, which I did the other day. I think I managed to pull just about every muscle in my left calf. :S I’ll be limping for a bit, but I’ll survive. It’s not enough to scare me off, though. 🙂

  2. Brenda says:

    Looks like a lot of fun. We’re finally back on the road, with the kitties (4) this time and of course Tasha. Tonight will actually be our first night with the kitties in the rv. Oh My…Living on the edge.

    Safe Travels.


    • Jonathan says:

      Excellent! I just went through a bunch of your posts, as we’re parked for a week and I have time to catch up on friends and work. Good luck with the cats, I’m sure you’ll get it worked out!

  3. Sara says:

    Yay for slacking! 🙂 Did you see my post about our slacklining adventures?
    Looks like you guys are having a great summer. Do you have an address we can send that book to yet? Any longer and it may get misplaced around here!!

    • Jonathan says:

      Thanks for pointing that out… I’ve been slacking in more ways than one. :S My RSS reader shouts at me every morning and tells me there’s interesting stuff out there I’m missing. 😉 Hang on to the book for a bit, we’ll probably be at a decent address for it in a week or so. Thanks!

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