Thirty Day Blogging Challenge: Day 10

Note: This is not the “best” vacation that I have ever had, but it was by far the most interesting. For your entertainment, I have decided to write about this particular vacation. 


It was between sophomore and junior year. I had high expectations.

My family and I had made plans to go to Tennessee and stay at my grandparents mountain house for a vacation. All of my cousins were going as well, and we were all going to stay in one house together. Prior to this trip, I had seen a couple of movies about country towns. I was ready to visit a nice little neighborhood like the one in the film Sweet Home Alabama! Little did I know, mountain houses and small towns are worlds apart.

We left extremely early in the morning, and made the entire distance by car. It was my very first road trip, complete with a Leanne Rimes CD that we replayed a fair number of times. The trip started out exciting, but soon lost momentum after the first five or six hours in a car…

Finally, after what felt like an eternity, we arrived in the mountains of Tennessee. As we drove up the mountains, I was confronted head-on with my fear of heights…right below us were rocks that could fatally destroy us if we fell upon them. Thankfully, we made it up the mountain safe and sound and lived to tell the story of what would end up being a very interesting trip.

We arrived at my grandparents house around 5:00. By then, we were all pretty worn out from the trip, but our family kept us on our feet. My cousins (ranging in age from three to twelve) showed me around the property, and within the first hour there, we ran into a slight problem…WASPS! 


We stumbled upon a nest, and like a plague straight out of Exodus, we were chased by wasps! I grabbed one of my youngest cousins’ hand and instructed all of my cousins to run, feeling responsible as the oldest. Unfortunately, two of my cousins got stung anyway.

Now, one thing that you need to know about this place is that there was no hospital (Or civilization) for a good hour or two. We were in no-man’s-land. Thus, we relied solely on the allergy medicine in my mom’s purse and the limited first aid kit owned by our family. No one was too badly hurt, but their bites both swelled up frighteningly large.

Finally, after all of the chaos had calmed down, and after my cousins were feeling better, we sat down in front of the TV and watched some movie on Disney Channel. It was only the first day and I was already exhausted. I knew that with danger lurking around the corner, I had to watch my back (And watch my cousins, too).

That night, I planned to watch some television on my own after everyone had gone to bed. I brought my computer and my earbuds, but soon found out that the house had no wifi! Absolutely none! That meant that for three days, I couldn’t watch go on youtube, check my emails, or surf the web! We couldn’t even text or use cell phones! 




Thus, I went on a wifi fast for the next three days. On day two of the trip, my family decided to go into town for the day to look at some of the shops. After all, what could possibly go wrong?

Well, as it turned out the town that we had stumbled upon enjoys having parades in the middle of the road. A Fourth of July parade blocked the main road that we needed to drive through to get to the shops. I have never seen anything like this in my life. A parade blocking a main road? This simply does not happen in the suburbs!

Happy Fourth of July from China Grove, Alabama

Finally, we managed to find a way around the parade and somehow, found our way to the shops! I was very happy to be in civilization again. I discovered on that vacation that the middle-of-nowhere is not my cup of tea.

The trip to the shops went fairly well. Nothing too crazy happened there. Although about halfway through, I realized that I wasn’t feeling well. After a couple more hours of hanging with my cousins, I knew I needed to retire to a bed and lie down. I was starting to get symptoms of the flu. I was shaky, I had a stomachache, and I felt completely and utterly exhausted. Thus, I crashed front of a small portable car-ride-TV that my family had brought to binge-watch The Middle.

Even though it was Forth of July, the weather was freezing! I slept in a winter parka that night to keep warm, overtop of a long-sleeve shirt! Though we were in Tennessee, it felt a lot like Antarctica. It was by far the weirdest weather that I have ever experienced on Fourth of July.


The next morning, our trip to the mountains came to a close. We ate breakfast, said goodbye to our family, and headed home. And, I soon found that a home complete with wifi and neighbors close by is a happy home. 😃


*Note: For those of you reading this who don’t live in America, it isn’t all as crazy as the town depicted in this post. 

5 thoughts on “Thirty Day Blogging Challenge: Day 10

  1. LOL : ) Loved this post – the pictures were awesome !!
    Sounds like a vacation you will never forget ! LOL : )
    Here’s to better vacations in the future : ) Happy ones w/ WiFi, telephones, and
    television !!
    Great post – keep going you have 20 more days left of your challenge : )
    Keep on typing : ) Love your blogs ! ❤️ I’m sticking with you til the end of you 30 days : )


  2. Courtney, I feel your pain. Actually, I may be slightly responsible for some of your pain, being that I am a Tennessean, and all. Next time your family takes a trip to Tennessee, I’d recommend Chattanooga (I’m a little partial to it). Here you can have the mountains, the water, the touristy things to do, the culture, AND the country’s fastest internet (or at least it was a few months ago)! Believe it or not, one of Chattanooga’s nicknames is “Gig City.” No joke.

    And if you don’t think I’m serious about you and your family passing through, I’m pretty happy to say we’ve fed bloggers from Arizona, Missouri, Arkansas, and from here in Tennessee. We Christian bloggers are a big family 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I really appreciate the offer! 😃 I’ll be sure to check out Chattanooga if my family plans another trip to Tennessee. I’m sure there are some really awesome places there, I just happened to stumble upon a lot crazy experiences. 😄
      I totally agree that we’re all one big Christian blogging family. I’ve only been in the blogging world for a little over a year, but I’v already met a lot of really awesome people and have been surprised about how encouraging everyone is. Thanks for the comment! I’m looking forward to catching up on your old blog posts! 😊


  3. hahaha how befitting that when I come back from vacation the blog challenge i left off on was about vacation. hahaha this one definitely was not as amazing as the one I just had. in fact it probably wasnt amazing at all. I can only imagine the horrifying screams that my wife and sisters in law would have let loose if a bunch of wasps began chasing them. yeesh thats scary hahaha.

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  4. Ha, ha, glad to hear your vacation was better than my crazy trip! The wasp thing was scary, and there were definitely screams coming from all of my cousins! 😅 Also, glad that you’re rejoining the blogging world!


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