User Name
Password
AppleNova Forums » AppleOutsider »

Rope Swing Over Water


Register Members List Calendar Search FAQ Posting Guidelines
Rope Swing Over Water
Thread Tools
Messiahtosh
Apple Historian
 
Join Date: May 2004
 
2004-07-24, 17:23

I woke up today and my friends called and asked if I wanted to go to a rope swing. So I said I would and off we went, Dansky has his iPod and iTrip so we had good music on the way. It took about 30 minutes to get to our destination, but once we did, things moved pretty quickly.

The town of Alexandria Pennsylvania is a small, rural, and very unpopulated place. The scene reminded me of something out of the 1950's. We walked a little bit back in to the woods, came to the bank of the river, took off our shirts and shoes, and forged the river. IT WAS FREEZING. Once we got to the other side of the river to the far bank, we climbed a huge old tree that had a rope swing attached to it.

The tree is extremely tall and the climb to the middle where you jump from is pretty high itself. Everyone had an amazing time jumping out and into the water, doing tricks, flips, and foreward rolls. It was great, cant wait to go back.

I'm gonna bring the Digi Cam and do some filming I think, It would make a cool action video.

"We are reviewing some 9,000 recent UNHCR referrals from Syria. We are receiving roughly a thousand new ones each month, and we expect admissions from Syria to surge in 2015 and beyond." - Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
  quote
Luca
ಠ_ರೃ
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Minnesota
 
2004-07-24, 17:27

LOL, when I first started reading I read that your girlfriend had asked for you to come to this pond with the rope swing, and then the "things moved pretty quickly" line... let's just say I thought you were moving into a different "genre" of moviemaking .

Sounds like a cool place though. Personally, I'd love to see some scenic high-resolution images of it more than a movie. Maybe if you added some effects in Photoshop to make it look more "old fashioned," like soften it up around the edges and make it black and white, that could be cool.
  quote
Moogs
Hates the Infotainment
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: NSA Archives
 
2004-07-24, 17:52

I agree. I think this forum needs some amateur "rope swinging turns dirty" iMovies for everyone to enjoy.

As for actual rope-swinging into freezing rivers... I used to do that during the long summers in Georgia. Right into the Chattahoochee river I would go. Although our swings were more of the variety where [the tree was growing in a spot that was a few feet above the river bank], and the rope would be tied to a branch that was just a foot or so past the bank.

So we'd run full speed, jump and grab the rope in mid-air, then swing down and out over the river and drop in from a height of about 6 feet or so. Good times....

...into the light of a dark black night.
  quote
Messiahtosh
Apple Historian
 
Join Date: May 2004
 
2004-07-24, 17:53

Cool ideas Luca, thanks!

As for the porno idea, I just need a girlfriend now, since I'm currently a single man.
  quote
SKMDC
superkaratemonkeydeathcar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: chicago
Send a message via AIM to SKMDC  
2004-07-24, 18:29

i used to spend my summers with my cousin in colorado who lived on a ranch with a lake that had a rope but it was on a pulley that went from the east side to the west. man that was a gas, i haven't thought of that in years.

they also had a tree swing that you climbed a ladder to go off, the rope was about 40 feet high and it was great too. my cousins grandfather built the ranch during the depression and climbed the ladder every year of his life until he was around 85. he went off the rope into the lake as well. we called him PapaDoc.
thanks for making me remember.
good times, good times........

"What's a Canadian farm boy to do?"
  quote
ast3r3x
25 chars of wasted space.
 
Join Date: May 2004
Send a message via AIM to ast3r3x  
2004-07-24, 18:41

Tree swing huh? I'm guessing you haven't lived in PA your whole life have ya? I mean not in a city of course. Not to make it sound like PA is the rope swing capital of the US haha.

There is a real neat place around here called the quarry. It was...a quarry obviously. It's maybe the width of a football fields, and length of 3 probably. The story goes that they were digging, and hit water something (natural, water main?) and it began filling up so fast that they couldn't get some equipment out, and it's still down there. As I am getting older now, that personally doesn't make as much sense, but that's the story. Regardless, it's full of water, and has like 75ft cliffs, marshy areas, and is highly forested around it now. What is weird, is that it's just a giant man made lake with wooded areas for a while, and then farm fields.

Sorry, I forgot my point, but maybe I'll take some shots of it sometime and post them, it's pretty cool little area.
  quote
DMBand0026
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Chicago
 
2004-07-24, 19:38

The Chicago Police don't much care for people swinging into the water off of piers and the like.

Not that I've tried that or anything


Point is, I gotta head farther south to get that kind of fun, Lake Michigan doesn't work to well for that.


And speaking of the lake...any friend or family member that's been with me for their first time in Chicago has always been surprised that you can't see to the other side of The Lake. Don't know why I just thought of this, but I find it extremely odd. Guess I just never even thought of that, having lived here my whole life.

Come waste your time with me
  quote
autodata
hustlin
 
Join Date: May 2004
 
2004-07-24, 22:51

Quote:
Originally Posted by DMBand0026
The Chicago Police don't much care for people swinging into the water off of piers and the like.
As each year goes on, I am more and more repulsed by the lake. And I live in Evanston 100' from the beach and most summers have a sailboat of some kind. But as nice as it is here (and evanston beaches are 100K times nicer than anywhere in chicago proper) I really think it's nasty. One or two people drown off evanston every year and sometimes (like one guy I knew) their bodies aren't found for weeks or months because they get wedged in rocks. Some gang member or mobster's body parts washed up a block from my house (and some more a couple blocks down in rogers park) a year or so ago. Not to mention the sewage that goes in there every time it rains.

Then again, most people I know swim in there all the time and think it's totally fine. Maybe it is.
Quote:
And speaking of the lake...any friend or family member that's been with me for their first time in Chicago has always been surprised that you can't see to the other side of The Lake.
That's odd. Haven't they ever looked at a map of the US?

I will say, though, That's I've always been really curious how far we really can see. Sometimes on clear days I can see the steam from the Mich City nuke plant from evanston and I swear I've seen downtown chicago from the beach in Union Pier, Mich. Of course, that's all the southern tip, so it's not like it really counts as seeing across the lake.
  quote
Moogs
Hates the Infotainment
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: NSA Archives
 
2004-07-25, 01:25

Quote:
Originally Posted by DMBand0026

Point is, I gotta head farther south to get that kind of fun, Lake Michigan doesn't work to well for that..

Lake Michigan doesn't work too well for any non-motorized water sport, other than turning your nads into ice cubes.
  quote
709
Damned
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Purgatory
 
2004-07-25, 11:24

Quote:
Originally Posted by Moogs
Lake Michigan doesn't work too well for any non-motorized water sport, other than turning your nads into ice cubes.
Yeah, there's about a 3-4 week 'window' where LM is tolerable, and then it's back to creeping into the water inch-by-inch until your suit starts sucking up water. It seemed warmer in my youth...though my bait and tackle weren't nearly as sensitive back then.

Re the whole seeing across the lake bit; when I moved back up here from Texas I brought my then Parisian gf with me and was anxious to show her the beautiful beaches and have a swim in the lake. She couldn't believe it. She muttered something like "This iz no a lake, it iz a sea!", which struck me as being a very good description that I'd never though of.

FWIW, I do remember a couple of crisp clear autumn nights being able to see the lights of Milwaukee.

So it goes.
  quote
DMBand0026
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Chicago
 
2004-07-25, 11:51

Eh, I swim in it all the time. I remember one instance a few years ago when it was an unseasonably warm day in mid March (in the 70s) and so me and some friends from my water polo team decided to head down to the lake and go for a swim. Needless to say, that wasn't the brightest idea we've ever had, but it was a blast none the less.

But y'all are right, that thing never really manages to get all that warm. That's why you never take a chick to the beach, unless you're not planning on swimming

Come waste your time with me
  quote
autodata
hustlin
 
Join Date: May 2004
 
2004-07-25, 12:14

Quote:
Originally Posted by 709
Yeah, there's about a 3-4 week 'window' where LM is tolerable, and then it's back to creeping into the water inch-by-inch until your suit starts sucking up water.
You just have to dive in and get it over with.
  quote
Naderfan
Queen of Confrontation
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Ohio
 
2004-07-25, 13:08

Over spring break, I went down to Gulf Shores, Alabama with my fiance and his family. I was really excited to be by the ocean and wanted to go swimming. Unfortunately, our school's spring break was the first full week of March and it was only in the 60s in AL. But, having grown up in Minnesota and going to school in Wisconsin, high 60s wasn't too bad. So one day my fiance and I go down to the beach and there's a fair sized crowd there, just sitting on the sand. No one is in the water. We started wading and it was COLD! But I wasn't going to let that stand in the way of my vacation. Pretty soon, I had gone numb from the waist down and decided to just dive in and get over it. Well, we ended up staying in the ocean for about 2 hours. Towards the end, a few other people, mostly little kids, followed our example and started swimming as well. The rest just looked at us like we were insane. It was a lot of fun.
  quote
ast3r3x
25 chars of wasted space.
 
Join Date: May 2004
Send a message via AIM to ast3r3x  
2004-07-25, 13:30

Quote:
Originally Posted by autodata
I will say, though, That's I've always been really curious how far we really can see. Sometimes on clear days I can see the steam from the Mich City nuke plant from evanston and I swear I've seen downtown chicago from the beach in Union Pier, Mich. Of course, that's all the southern tip, so it's not like it really counts as seeing across the lake.
http://mathcentral.uregina.ca/QQ/dat....03/judy1.html
  quote
DMBand0026
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Chicago
 
2004-07-25, 13:30

That's one of the best things about being from a colder climate, when it's "cold" somewhere else, it doesn't bother you.

I was in South Carolina about a year ago with a friend and it was in the low 70s down there. People were "freezing", it was cold for them. I ran to the beach and swam all day while people looked at me like I was nuts as they sat on the beach in long pants and shirts, wrapped in towels.

If only those people ever came to Chicago. They'd die,

It's always entertaining to see people's reactions when they are here to everything. A few years ago my cousin visited from Florida where he lives. It was the beginning of February and I was going out in just long sleeves and jeans. This poor guy was bundled up in jeans, a few shirts, sweatshirts, winter jacket, hat, and gloves.

Come waste your time with me
  quote
stoo
Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
 
2004-07-25, 17:25

I've walked around alpine towns at night in February in jeans and a T-shirt. No alcohol involved (only an instatiable hunger for delicious pastries).
  quote
Posting Rules Navigation
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Post Reply

Forum Jump
Thread Tools
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Water Proofing my iPod ast3r3x Third-Party Products 10 2004-06-03 06:14


« Previous Thread | Next Thread »

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:01.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©2004 - 2019, AppleNova