We are gearing up to leave in a couple weeks for another month in the mini-mini-motorhome this summer, three weeks in the Big Horns of Wyoming and a week in the Black Hills. #2 Son and GF will be joining us for a few days in the Hills. They asked if they could vacation with us — is that awesome or what?

I did not post much about last year's vacation, so I thought I would show you something memorable. Something that very nearly gave me a heart attack in Glacier National Park.


The Going To The Sun Highway in Glacier has spectacular views. There is mountain on one side of the road… and a precipice on the other side. I was fine as long as we were on the mountain side of the road, but when the precipice was next to my window I FREAKED! It surprised Smokey as much as it surprised me; I have never had any particular fear of heights.

I found that it was easier to breathe if I didn't look out the windows. It was even easier if I turned sideways in my seat and looked at the floor. Remembering Elizabeth Zimmerman's famous aphorism, Knit on with courage through all obstacles, I pulled out my knitting and got busy/distracted.

My view was this:


instead of this:

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because if I looked at that, I would also see this:

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0 Responses to Vacation!

  1. soxanne says:

    Well, what are ya going to do? You’ll miss out on some spectacular views, but get some knitting done …
    …have a great vacation.
    And yes, very cool that the kids want to join you!

  2. Chris says:

    Yeah, Going-to-the-Sun Road freaked me out, too. I do ok on Iron Mountain Road in the Black Hills, fortunately.

  3. kim says:

    knit on . . . knit on . . . knit on . . .

  4. Natalie says:

    I’m with you. Many of the roads in BC freak me out. Plus I had the same experience in the south of France. Knitting does help.

  5. Is it really vacation time again? Yeesh…it feels like this year just flew by!!! And, for what it’s worth, I would have freaked out too if that was the view right outside my window.

  6. Carrie#K says:

    I had somewhat of the same feeling when I was driving to Yosemite and on the way up Hwy 1 to Carmel – sadly I was driving so I had to suck it up. It was weird because there’s pretty much nothing but cliffs around here and I’m usually not much of a scaredy cat over them. I do tend to mutter “Bad time for an earthquake” every time I cross the Bay Bridge into SF but that’s usually the extent of it.
    Too cool that they want to come with!!!

  7. The Black Hills! You’re in my neck of the woods! It’s only like five hours from me (less than a drive to the Metro!). Your son and daughter-in-law vacationing with you sounds just like the DIL. Have her zip me a text if you’re still in the area!

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