Road trip!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles.”

On my own to one destination across the country, I would likely opt for an airplane as I did for my recent NYC weekend trip. It made sense to keep the travel as concise as possible on a relatively short visit with my Brother and his girlfriend, especially with the real possibility of crazy rain or snow between New York and Texas. Also, for this reason, I fly nonstop, as I don’t which to be stranded at an in-between spot due to bad weather somewhere else.

However, I see the value of a road trip, especially with someone you love AND get along with. this very important when you are driving through the middle of nowhere confined to an enclosed space! Boyfriend and I have taken many road trips, some for fun but also for family reasons and moving to Texas.  Also, it is important to like driving because the trip will not enjoyable if driving is a chore. Taking periodic breaks helps.

Two of our road trips lasted about two weeks and involved multiple states. The Southern Road Trip took us to Louisville, KY;  Lynchburg, TN; Atlanta, GA, Hattiesburg, MS; New Orleans, LA; Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX; and Austin, TX before we headed home. That road trip taught me lessons about planning with friends you haven’t seen in years and involving them integral parts of your trips because this trip should have included Columbus, MS and didn’t because we left Hattiesburg unexpectedly and kept going. The details need a post of their own, enough said. The Mountain Time Zone Road Trip took us to Colorado State University/Fort Collins, CO; The Royal Gorge/Canon City, CO; Billy The Kid/Fort Sumner, NM; Santa Fe, NM; Moab, Arches National Park/ Moab, UT; Utah State University/Antelope Island/Salt Lake City/Ogden/Logan, UT; Bear lake and Idaho State University/Pocatello, ID; Grand Tetons National Park/Jackson, WY; and South Dakota State University/Brookings, SD. Whew!

Two months later, we took a short trip around the Midwest to Mankato, Minneapolis, and Duluth, MN and to Winona, WI. The Mountain Time Zone and the Midwest trips were taken to help Boyfriend and I determine to where we wanted to move but we chose the Great State of Texas over the rest for many reasons. If we had not driven to and around some of these destinations, we have missed out on some really cool things and also the things that would help factor into the decisions we made.

I like having a semi-structured plan on our road trips with room to add destinations we hear about or to re-route if needed, which is easier to do driving than it is with coordinating flights to multiple locations. Boyfriend is very good with a map and he has navigated us through a good portion of our American adventures.  In fact, we have only been lost using printed directions from MapQuest and Google. So much for technology!

We technically took a road time this past summer but it was just to the Chicago area and back to Texas due to Boyfriend’s mother’s death and for him to tie us loose ends. I only hope we can plan another fun road trip for summer 2016, but I know we plan to take a few short trips around Texas to state parks or to Fredericksburg.  We have only lived in Texas for a little more than two years and there is much left to explore!

How do you like to travel?

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Can’t shake the fear…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fright Night.” What’s the thing you’re most scared to do? What would it take to get you to do it?

I am not the person who likes to skydive, rock-climb or bungee-jump. I am also not the person to jump off the high-dive, scuba-dive, or go on roller coasters. I can’t explain why but I just can’t do it.

My few experiences with roller coasters have left me feeling like my heart was going to explode and I was going to die.  I also felt this way when I have tried to slide down a very high waterslide. The anxiety is terrible and I don’t know where it comes from, even with Boyfriend nearby. These feelings have only gotten worse with age. The last time I tried a roller coaster was when I rode The Cyclone at Coney Island. I froze during the short ride with my brother and I completely detached from the experience. My brother said that I made noises he couldn’t describe, and that he felt bad for me while he giggled through the ride.

I’m not sure why, but Boyfriend and I took the train and stood at the top of Pike’s Peak on our first vacation together, and I was ok. I was nervous, but I was able to get past these feelings and enjoy the beautiful view atop the mountain. Boyfriend and I took the ski lift during a summer trip to Jackson, WY a few years ago, which I did after saying my prayers, and I ended up being fine. I took this ride to prove that I could do it. This was a day after I had an anxiety attack which prevented me from riding the Incline Railway down into the Royal Gorge (Colorado), which Boyfriend really wanted to do and was understanding about. I trust him and my Brother and believe when they say I’ll be ok, but I just can let go of my fear. I may be missing out, though I would rather feel safe. Anxiety is not fun! Maybe is it because I didn’t climb trees, learn to swim until high school, and was not really encouraged to take risks so it was not part of my development.

What has helped you get past your fear of something, such as heights or deep water? Please share any suggestions in the comments.

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