Traveling is something I’ve always loved. Going places I’ve never been before gives me a different kind of excitement. It’s enlightening and exhilarating.
You get to explore new places that aren’t within a 20 minute drive from your house. I have and will always be a traveler. It is truly astonishing how you can be somewhere outside your comfort zone, because you’re not used to being there 24/7, it gives you a rush.
A trip I recently took last June was wonderful. My family on my mother’s side took a camping trip to Land Between the Lakes near Paris. Not the Paris you’re thinking of, the smaller Paris in North West Tennessee known for its great fishing.
Although I would love to go and see the beautiful Eiffel Tower, our family traveled a good three and half hours to the less famous Paris, in our home state. The drive there consisted of a few gas stops and bathroom breaks. We dreaded the drive there, but couldn’t wait till we actually step foot on the camp site.
It was a near death experience riding with my little brother, Hunter, and my cousin, Chad, who are both 5 years younger than me. They were horrible, but when that sort of situation pops up, I just put some earphones in and tune them out. My other family members included on the trip was my mom, Nancy, my aunt Kathy and my uncle Blaine.
We finally got to an area filled with voluptuous green leaved trees, which was quite different from the freeways and buildings we had passed along the way. Then, we came upon a gravel road and traveled down it for about 15 minutes. While we were passing these strange indentions in the ground alongside the road, my uncle told us that it was where salt licks used to be and he had hunted deer in this area before.
After hearing a bit about Uncle Blaine’s hunting stories, we could see the lake through the trees a little ways up the road. By this time it was getting late and the sun was setting. We were turning right at a curve and realized there was a huge tree right smack dab in the middle of the gravel road and there was no way around it.
We all got out of the truck and started putting together some of our ideas. Some of us suggested that we just walk, but it would be a pretty good hike to get there, so that idea was quickly ended. Then Chad, my cousin, remembered that we had brought some kind of chain for some reason.
We were all thinking the same when he introduced his great idea. Uncle Blaine quickly got the chain out from under some camping luggage and tents and tied it around one of the tree’s branches. Then, he connected it to the front of his heavy duty truck. And as things had not already been the best, it started to rain and soon the ground became very slippery and muddy. We all just laughed at the matter, and got back in the truck, but Uncle Blaine didn’t really share our mutual feeling about the whole thing. He was just determined to get around that tree. So we backed up around the curve that wehad come around earlier with all of our help directing him around the curve. But we soon realized the tree was in a certain position and that it was not going to budge, but if we backed up in the other direction, it might just work. My mom got out to help direct Uncle Blaine around tree’s and ditches that we could have possibly hit while backing up. We reversed back a good 15 feet with trees on one side and a huge hole where another tree had been uprooted on the other side. The fallen tree finally moved! We were all so excited and as it continued to rain, we kept our spirits up, for we had just overcome a big obstacle with teamwork.We laughed more together, had more fun and even got to see some buffalo on the side of the road. We fished, swam, and collected a bunch of shells. We discovered dead animals, roasted marsh mellows, and slept on clots and blowup mattresses. After that crazy first day and the following couple of days, we left there having explored yet another place in our amazing world and we can’t wait for our next family vacation.
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