“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.� – Mary Anne Radmacher

My vacation allowed me to stretch my comfort zone a bit. Like the first day in Chattanooga, learning the electric bus system. The kids and I ended up walking 25 blocks to the Tennessee Aquarium while my husband slept from driving through the night.

The next time was doing a Wild Cave Tour where we got helmets, knee pads and lights to crawl, climb, and slide in a cavern. And some parts – mainly the ones that had to do with heights – scared me a bit. But, I felt so accomplished afterwards.

Riding the airboat in the Everglades seemed frightening at first, but it was really an exhilarating ride. And we got closer to Alligators than I was comfortable with.

We tried new food at a Greek restaurant that was delicious.

We drove through the mountains of Tennesse during a hail/severe thunderstorm with tornado warnings in various places. That was probably the scaries part of the whole trip 🙂

I’ve always been a little more fearful of physical things like heights, storms, etc. than most people. But, I want to keep pushing the envelope ever so slightly so I don’t become a brittle, inflexible woman. I want to be adventurous, joyful and ready for the next opportunity like my grandparents whom we visited. They are in their 80’s and are on their way to the Smoky Mountains, then onto Norway. I can’t wait to hear about it.