Mama Diaries

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Getting Out and About

I don't know about you, but I've gotten a little antsy hanging out in my little apartment all day, quarantined. I decided to get out and enjoy the great outdoors a bit.

Adventure number one:  Tubing down the Hooch.


The Hooch, aka Chattahoochee River, in Georgia.  Looks pretty, doesn't it?

This adventure involved hanging out with a bunch of teenagers who thought it would be a good idea to tube the Hooch. All was well until my tube got stuck on some rocks. Then I had to get out of the tube, into the river, to free myself. It wouldn't have been bad, except the part where I got stuck ended up being much deeper than anticipated. The freezing cold water came all the way up to my neck! So, not only did I have to get my tube over the rocks of a small waterfall, I had to climb over those rocks myself while freezing my little tush off! Mama was not pleased!  Getting out at the end of the trip was a good trick, too. The current was moving a bit fast, and the exit point was on the opposite bank. I actually had to get out again and swim against the current, dragging my tube. Probably not very safe, but I managed to do it. Needless to say, by the end of the two-hour tubing expedition, I was extremely cold and tired! But hey, it was better than sitting in my apartment! 

Adventure number two:  Beach trip to Lake Lanier


Another trip with a bunch of teenagers. Same bunch, by the way. This time, I decided to stay on dry land and observe. These kids thought it would be fun to swim all the way out past the "safe swim zone" to the "kayak zone" buoys. I shook my head and watched as they swam, praying I would not have to call a rescue squad to save them. They made it to the buoy and hung out there, clinging to it for about 20 minutes. They must've been freezing! Finally, they decided to swim back, and almost all of them ended up floating on their backs, probably because they were so exhausted! So much for being invincible! The good news is, they all made it back safely.  

So, that's what I did last week. What about you? Same old same old in quarantine?

Before I go, I'd like to let you know that I will be doing an online book tour in September to celebrate the release of Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure. If you'd like to sign up to be a part of it, go here. Thanks to those of you who have already signed up!  I'm looking forward to being a guest on your blog!   

        

29 comments:

  1. Hi, Sherry!

    I know you have a taste for adventure, dear friend, and therefore it doesn't surprise me that you went tubing down the ice cold Chattahoochee River. I'm relieved that you got unstuck and were able to exit the chilly water before hypothermia took hold. Same is true of the teens who tested their endurance swimming beyond the safe point and back at Lake Lanier.

    My week can't compare to yours, but I did have a nice Father's Day. I wish you mega success with the online book tour promoting your latest Bubba and Squirt adventure book.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Sherry!

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    1. Thanks, Tom. I'm glad you had a nice Father's Day!

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  2. Nature gave us this virus, so it's only fair we get to enjoy the nicer parts of nature's gifts. I've been going on nature hikes with DS since he returned to shelter with us, and it's one of the gifts of this odd and stressful time.

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    1. I think a lot of people are enjoying the great outdoors. It beats staying inside!

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  3. Even if you froze, at least you got out and enjoyed some fresh air. The one place it's still safe.
    Be happy to help with the tour! In fact, Mason already contacted me and I signed up.

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    1. Thanks for signing up for the tour! I completed my part for your post - movies filmed in Belize. I had fun finding out which ones were.

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  4. Pleased you managed to get out and about Sherry.
    I hope to follow suit soon but staying in for so long have had a scary effect on me.
    Take care.
    Yvonne.

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    1. You live near the water. I hope you get to go out and enjoy it!

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  5. Having lived in Georgia all my life up until 5 years ago, I never had the courage to tube The Hooch. You are a brave one, Sherry. So glad you had fun.

    Looking forward to your book tour.

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    1. Most of the time, it's just a lazy river. But once in a while, it'll send you spinning over the rocky waterfalls.

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  6. It is so good to get out of the house, isn't it? The good thing about quarantine is that there's no where to go the next day, so you can rest after those excursions :)

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    1. Well, I don't get to rest. I work - but it's all from home and online. It's just nice to get away from the computer!

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    1. Yep. Almost as good as jumping out of an airplane. :)

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  8. I think doing outside activities are about the safest. Sounds like you planned fun adventures for your teens. I see my boyfriend, daughter and her boyfriend and a few friends that I walk with. Otherwise I'm still staying in. I'm hoping that I might see my mom this weekend.

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    1. I hope you get to see your mom. That will be nice.

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  9. You are a wild woman, Sherry Ellis. I'm glad you didn't end up as a frozen pudding pop. I'm a little antsy, too, but we've gotten out of the house a bit. Although I hate my mask, I'm a good girl and I wear it in Costco and Walgreen's.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Very good, Janie! I hate wearing masks. The carbon dioxide build up makes me want to faint.

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  10. The government having prolonged the time people such as myself (IE those considered most vulnerable) have to spend 'shielding' until the 30th of August means I'm going nowhere soon (though to be honest this is fine with me) which is why I'm so thankful for posts such as this.

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    1. I would hate being forced to stay inside. Find as many pictures of the outdoors as you can!

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  11. Enjoying being out and about is the way to be, could do without freezing though.

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    1. Freezing was not fun, but I'm glad I did it!

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  12. Sounds like you had some fun getting out. I have gone tubing a lot in my life (though not in the past few years). Fun- but it can definitely be cold! Getting out into nature always make me feel good.

    I will be signing up to be part of the tour. I went to do it- but then realized I will need to talk to my co-author/co-blogger, Stephanie and pick the date and type of post. :) But you can definitely count us in.

    Have a great weekend!
    ~Jess

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    1. Thank you! I really appreciate that you'll be part of the tour!

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  13. adoro todo lo que tiene agua, me ha encantado este post.

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    1. I enjoy being out on water, too. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  14. Getting out in nature is a great idea! And tubing is so much fun. We went kayaking last week...just what we needed. Enjoy!

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    1. Kayaking is fun too. I do that with my mom when I visit her.

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