Our Annual Team Building with Ziplining

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Harrison House Suites, Tucker House and Coho Restaurant banded together for some high adrenaline fun… Ziplining!  Thanks to Zip San Juan for providing us with competent, humorous guides for our day of team building!  We gathered together before the busy season begins to appreciate our team and have a little fun!  A few of our staff had fears going in, but by the end they were fearless!

Team Building for HH, TH and CoHo

Elsa & Letecia getting geared up

Our team is like a big extended family. We have our differences but always find ways to communicate, compromise and seek common ground. Our compass is always you our guests and what is best for your comfort and enjoyment.

We have an amazing team and we work hard at it. It is like any relationship. It needs constant nurturing – feeding and watering – literally and figuratively. During the quiet season we make time away from the Inns to spread our wings and try something new together. And no matter what we do there is always the common denominator of food and libation.

After our memorable kayaking outing last year, there was a unanimous vote for zip lining. So on a sunny Monday in May, 15 of us packed into Zip San Juan’s vans to begin our adventure. Some of the team had the ‘be careful what you wish for’ expression on their faces but stayed the course. Sunglasses covered tears welling in some eyes. Unfortunately, we had to leave Janeth behind as she is expecting. (Zip San Juan wouldn’t let those that are pregnant or have high blood pressure participate.) Last year sister Elsa braved our kayaking trip at 8 1/2 months heavy with child.

Ziplining 5.14 Action Elsa

Ziplining the fear away!

So after getting into our harnesses and listening to the safety briefing we were ready for the two practice lines. It was amazing to watch how the team instinctively worked together – translating the safety briefing into Spanish so those that those who were too nervous to count on their English wouldn’t feel any more intimated than they already were. We intuitively sensed members that were hesitant and ensured they were never left on a platform by themselves so they wouldn’t have an easy out to turn back.

Confidence grew slight butterflies quickly dissipated after each member made it through the two practice lines. All received encouraging high-fives once their feet touched safely on the platform.

HH, TH and CoHo Ziplining

Bridge of Doom

Everyone’s confidence grew slowly. After a short walk through the forest, the rest of the course came into view. We would indeed be flying through trees some 40 feet above the ground and walking across suspension bridges. We proceeded as a group from one line to another. Fear quickly turned into confidence and finally smiles and laughter. We all conquered the 8 lines and everyone felt a huge collaborative sense of accomplishment.

Then it we set off to Jackson’s beach for a barbecue.

It was a perfect evening – the water was like glass. We fired up the barbecue and made quick work of a bonfire. We met up with Janeth and her “world-famous” guacamole. Everyone brought their dogs that almost outnumbered all of us. And as always, there was lots of food, libation, and good company – a perfect way to end a perfect day. And then the conversation immediately turned to next year…sky diving? Stay tuned!

p.s. If you wondered how we all left the Inns with a full house of guests on a busy spring day, it took a village. We have a good friend who was one of our former innkeepers many years ago. She came over for the afternoon to welcome our new arrivals and keep an eye on the Inns. Thank you Diana.

p.p.s. We know after reading this you can’t wait to include Zipping on your itinerary when you visit. Just let us know when making your reservation and we will be happy to set it up for you.

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