France #4 Life Goal: Via Ferrata.
Our day did not start quite as smoothly as it could have. With the end of tourist season, southern France was taking advantage of the smaller crowds to do some road repair. For us this took the form of unannounced road closures on basically all the roads to Cavaillon. "Route barree” signs were everywhere, and no matter how small the road, we kept getting turned away from our goal. We kept wandering through smaller and smaller routes, with more than a few turn arounds in someone’s driveway or byway. The landscape was never straightforward, with immense amounts of agriculture- mainly small plots of various crops, intersected by waterways and roads.
Turns out five minutes of practice seems like plenty when you are five feet off the ground. It seems....spare... when you are 500 feet off the deck. It is a heck of a lot harder to lower oneself over the edge of the cliff and proceed along the route.
The kids did awesome- absolutely no problem moving safely along the cliff, nor did they get freaked out by the height. There were several big caves, some overhung ascents and descents, a whole range of puzzles thrown our way, but nothing fazed them.
The walk back to the start? About 10 minutes (after about 2.5 hours of traversing out).