An Über Adventure with Larabar
Talk about an "über" day! Larabar, creators of the good for you snack bars that are also gluten-free and vegan, invited me out for an incredible trapeze experience at the South Street Seaport in NYC. Trapeze is something I have wanted to do forever and I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
You may be wondering, what does trapeze have to do with Larabar? I wondered the same thing myself! I fortunately had the chance to talk to Lara Merriken, founder of Larabar (yes, THE Lara) and ask her myself. Larabar, celebrating the launch of their über snack bars, wanted to do something that was truly unique and well, über! What better way to launch a new snack bar than to do a high-flying trapeze class celebrating adventure and a lust for life?
The über bars, four in total so far, are sweet & salty with lots of crunch. I love the Cherry Cobbler bar, the tartness of the cherries work really well with the nuts and the slightly salty flavor.
My chat with Lara was certainly a memorable experience, as we swapped stories about our toddlers, I felt something hit my head. Not knowing what it was, I put my hand on my hair only to discover a warm, wet substance that turned out to be BIRD POOP. Yes friends, a bird crapped on my head when I was talking to the founder of Larabar! I swear this stuff can only happen to me. My face must have conveyed how shocked and utterly grossed out I was because Lara jumped into action and actually cleaned the bird poop out of my hair. I don't know how many business leaders out there would actually do that and it really is a testament to her character and how down to earth she is. Everyone reminded me that bird poop is supposed to be good luck, but I think that notion is only reserved for country birds and not vile, New York City pigeons. Ah well, a hot shower made me feel lots better when I got home.
After the "incident," it was time to hit the trapeze and start flying. All of the girls huddled closely together listening to the instructor and it was at that moment that I realized I'd actually be headed up a small ladder to a platform about 50 feet up in the air. As nervous as I was, I knew I couldn't let my fear take hold, so I just pushed everything from my head and waited my turn.
As I waited, I chatted with the awesome Erin from Gluten-Free Fun who is an avid trapeze fan and has taken numerous classes. You guys need to see her up in the trapeze, she's incredible! When my turn came up I headed up the ladder and made it to the tiny platform. I stared out across the river towards Brooklyn and my heart lept to my throat. The guys at the trapeze school are amazing and immediately put my fears at ease. I took hold of the swing, stepped off the ledge and LOVED it! I screamed like a little girl, but it was so awesome. I never thought I could get my legs up on the swing, but the momentum really carries you and makes it easier.
My favorite, and scariest part of the class was the final swing where we had to swing back and catch the hands of a waiting instructor. I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it, but I succeeded on my first try, much to my surprise. Maybe that bird poop really did help!
The whole class was an adrenaline rush, and there was such a feeling of comraderie among all of the "flyers," which truly made it an über experience I will never forget.