Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lessons from Vacation - Part 1: Laughter

It's a little late, but I promised a couple of friends I'd "report" on the lessons I learned during my August vacation. I spent a week with my wonderful friends Kim and Kevin at the their "getaway" home at Pomme de Terre State Park in south/central Missouri.

People asked me what we did - here it is in a nutshell.
We read books - ate great food - played LOTS of Rummy 2000 - took several naps - swam in the lake - went boating - took lots of naps - took a couple of drives - watched a few movies and did I mention we napped?

Vacation was good, because it gave me a chance step away from "reality" to clear my head and rest.

So here is one of the lessons I learned during the week.....

1) Be Ready & Willing To Laugh - Even If It's About Yourself.
Sometimes, I'll be honest, I'm not the most adventurous person. But hanging out with my friend Kim "challenged" me to try a few new things - including tubing - a.k.a. being pulled behind a boat on this big, giant inter tube, while you are hanging on for dear life; especially when a certain teenage boy is driving said boat - and trying to knock one of his parents off of the tubes.....


Let's just say I'm not as skilled at tubing as Kim (on the left). Most of the time, I spent clutching the handles attached to the tube.

I did learn one valuable lesson - Tankini swim suits are not really made to tube in..... and to be thankful that we chose to tube in the middle of nowhere... especially when the wave not only pulled me off the tube, but well, parts of my suit.

Thankfully, I managed to "catch" it with my ankle/foot......and fortunately, I only managed to "moon" the fish - we were out in the middle of nowhere.

But here's the deal, yes I was embarrassed at that moment, but it helped me remember to not take myself - or what I do so seriously.

No, I wasn't "perfect" on the tube, but I had a ton of fun. The moment also helped me "relax" at the start of my vacation. They say laughter is the best medicine, and I agree. Somehow that moment, and the laughter, was very therapeutic.

Besides, apparently, after reading Mary Beth Chapman's memoir, I'm not the only one to have a "mooning" experience; at least mine wasn't quite so public (she was whitewater rafting on the Nile). If Chapman can laugh (and write about) about landing in a boat in front of bunch of strangers - how could I not do the same?


Here are a few other pictures from our tubing experiences (the second time). 
Kaleb (Kim's son) and Amber (KB's girlfriend) show off how to tube - when you have skills.


How you tube when you just want to "hang on" tight.....

Take note, I did let go of the handles..... for a couple of seconds....

And, I did manage to "kneel" on the tube.....
Adventure x 2
Amber pulled out the "board" and did a few other water tricks.....

A few more shots.... 
Amber wanted to try "jumping" off the point - one of the "overlook" points at the lake, near the dam.

After climbing up to the top, she took one look and made Kaleb go first....
 Only then, did she decide to jump in.... (and no, I didn't talk myself into this part of the adventure)
The cute couple...

Another Lesson Tomorrow.....

1 comment:

  1. Great Pics Kaylea! See, I knew you had fun! Next year you'll be up on the wakeboard!!!

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