Or should I say, “If all of your siblings jumped off a bridge, would you?”
Apparently my answer is yes.
After a seemingly ordinary morning filled with sleeping in. donuts, and of course laying by the pool reading Mockingjay, Cory asked if I wanted to go with them to a creek. I really wanted to stay behind and finish the book I hadn’t been able to put down but I figured I should get out and be adventurous. Little did I know what I was getting myself into.
When we got to the creek called Pinnacle Point we were not alone. I got a taste of what some real Tennesseans are like. Apparently they love rope swings, bridges, cursing, smoking, tattoos and don’t forget washing down their hotdogs with some Yeager. I had the guts to try the first two on that list! And just barely! The bridge didn’t look so high…until I was standing on it. When it was my turn to jump I hung of the railing for a couple of minutes trying to ready myself but just made myself more nervous! My hands are sweating just typing this!
The verdict is jumping off a bridge isn’t so bad. IF someone else jumps before you in the same area and you know you won’t get hurt. This bridge may not look high but brother estimated it was third floor window height and it definitely gave you enough time to panic in the air. I even screamed, “oh crap,” I guess those Tennesseans and cursing habits were starting to rub off.
The rope swing, which I did before the bridge, was a lot less scary but it still took a little courage to jump off that tree! My brother Drew, who is afraid of heights even did it! Tess refused to do the rope swing and replied, “I’d rather jump off the bridge.” And she did! If I would do it, too. Isn’t that what our parents were always trying to warn us about! In the end no one got hurt and now we can say that we’ve jumped off a rope bridge and swung on a rope swing! We’ve got a little piece of Tennessee backwoods with us as well. Like my brother said if you ever need a character for a book you’ve just been given several!
My Dad and Liza had a military ball to attend to so they left 6 young adults to their own devices for dinner which resulted in…Mexican! We went to a local place in Clarksville called Poncho Villas, the food and service was great! Our server was nice and very humorous he gave me a “hard time” about my “fake id” because I was with a table full of teenager after all!
I had the mushroom quesadilla which if you cannot tell was gigantic! And I also spy my delicious $1.99 margarita!
When we got home from dinner I was feeling very full, a little tipsy and consequently a little sleepy. But I was determined to finish Mockingjay and I did. It was not the ending I would have predicted but Collins kept me guessing through all her books! I am happy with the ending although i did shed a few tears, maybe alcohol induced but tears nonetheless!
Now it’s time to pack because we’re off to a weekend in Gatlinburg, TN! But before I go just a quick reminder that tomorrow is…
National Donut Day!
My amazing apple fritter from this morning!
We’re hitting the road really early tomorrow and I’m not one to miss a national food holiday. So I didn’t take any chances and celebrated early, just in case! Dad, Tess and I went to a local shop called Shipley Do-Nuts and got a dozen plus two apple fritters! They are great donuts and if you’re around the Nashville area find a shop! But for everyone else…head to your nearest Krispy Kreme and get a Doughnut of your choice for free!
Hope everyone has a very Happy Doughnut Day!