My husband and I are adrenaline junkies... or aspiring adrenaline junkies. We enjoy the thrill of danger without the actual presence of danger.
We started a search for the tallest, fastest roller coaster in the U.S. (current champion: Millennium Force at Cedar Point). We’re always looking for the longest zip-line and the fastest “bobsled” stateside.
There was only one time when I was convinced I could die, and that was outside of the U.S.
When we went to Jamaica for our honeymoon, we were able to jump on excursions that we wouldn’t be able to explore if we were with in-laws or pregnant couples.
One day of our honeymoon, we road on a bus--our first heart-stopping experience of our adventurous day--from the Dunn’s River Jewel Resort in Ocho Rios to nearby Mystic Mountain.
We chose the “Tranopy” package, which included bobsled, zip-lining and a sky-ride up to the top of the mountain. After that, my husband had signed us up to visit Dunn’s River Falls for a climb. His understanding was that we would take a scenic hike along the falls.
Well, we walked up them.
We participated in a chain of humans, held together by slippery hands, climbing up slippery rocks in our boating shoes up 600 feet worth of slippery waterfall. I remember thinking that if I made it to the end, I would be thankful for the cool story, but I wouldn’t do it again--and obviously, luckily, we’re alive.
This month, I will have the opportunity to do something crazy for a reason--to raise money for the Special Olympics of Indiana. Me, my coworker Patti Danner and others will jump into a pool of ice water under the banner of the “Greene County Popsicles” during the annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 17 at Indiana State University.
I need a minimum of $75 to jump, and at the moment I only have $10--so if you want to see me in the freezing water, donate!
My donation portal can be found at www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kristen-inman/plunge-terrehaute-2018.
Kristen Inman is a staff writer at the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached at Kristengcdw@gmail.com