Wednesday, August 4, 2010


I freaked, so I ran.  I didn't know what I was going to do, but I did know one thing for sure,  it involved leaving town.  The only place I ever want to run to is Tahoe, so there I went.

Prior to leaving, I decided on exactly what I wanted to do....

Heavenly Flyer

A ZipRider Experience The Heavenly Flyer, a ZipRider experience, is located at Adventure Peak. Enjoy the Heavenly Gondola ride that will take you up to 9,156’. From there, you'll hop onto the Tamarack Express to get to the zip line take-off deck. This elevated zip line cable ride will take you on a high speed thrill ride from the top of Tamarack Express back to the top of the Gondola, a vertical drop of 525 feet. At 3,100 feet, the Heavenly Flyer is the longest ZipRider in the lower 48 U.S. states. The views are spectacular and zipping through the trees and over the Gondola will add perspective, making this an ultra-cool ride.

I immediately jumped on the phone, just to find out it was closed and they were doing work on it.  I had known of an accident last year that sadly killed a man, who was on his honeymoon.  She was vague on the phone, but after prying, I gathered that it may have been closed since.

Now what?

I didn't know what to do, what to wear, what to bring. My mind was cloudy,  so I just got in the car and left.

I turned the music WAY up, and was Tahoe bound.

As I got to Truckee, horseback riding sounded more than appealing.  I looked down, and the last time I checked, they don't accept someone in short shorts and high shoes.  What was I thinking? Obviously, I wasn't.

What to do?

What to do?

At that moment, I looked up into the clear, blue sky and saw a beautiful yellow glider.  I looked back down at the road and to my right, there was a sign, Glider Rides Here *arrow pointing left*  I've driven by that advertisement a million times, and never once thought to do it. For some reason, at that moment, nothing sounded better.

Within minutes, I was hopping into the plane,  asking, "hey, does this thing goes up-side-down?"  No, was the answer, but he promised a wild ride. Perfect. The pilot ended up not being able to find any good thermals (air pockets, who knew, not me) But it was great nonetheless.

I had no idea that you get pulled into the air. Who'da thunk :o)

Up, up and away!

Into the great, wide open.

I then went and had lunch on the patio overlooking the lake, hung out with my dad and brother a little, and drove home. Sounds like a good end to the story, right? There's slightly more, but another time.

I wanted to thank Dave for never minding my runaway tendencies. You truly are so amazing on every level.

And, thank you to another who makes my abandonment completely possible....Michelle, you know exactly how I feel about you. I have no idea what I am going to do without you!

Thank you to all of YOU who support me. You have no idea how much every single one of your comments mean to me!  I take your words and use them as fuel to get me through my day. YOU are so appreciated!!


  1. Wow...what a thrill...what a great idea. Sometimes it is truly so perfect to just run away from it all. I don't know how you do what you do everyday. Aviana is so lucky to have such a dedicated, loving, and wonderful mommy. Be proud of yourself and run away when you need to!

  2. SPONTANEOUS SELF COMBUSTION ....thats what happens if you don't up and run!!!!

    so awesome that Tahoe is close enough for you to runaway at a moments notice! i would probably run to the City & straight to OceanBeach...that is my escape place

    AND woohooo LOVED THE PICTURES....never thought about taking a glider ride!! :)

  3. So glad that you did take that chance to 're-charge'! You must allow yourself to do that when you are feeling overwhelmed. So glad that you have great support that allows you to do that! You are very blessed and so is that precious little girl!

  4. I'm sorry things have been so difficult for you. But I am SO glad that you were able to get away when you needed it! Sounds like the glider plane was a wonderful thing to do and what a fabulous view! Is Michelle leaving?
    HUGS to you!

  5. Hi Jen!
    It's Staci from Whole Foods. Can I get your email? lattessc at aol dot com

    So glad you were able to get away from it all, that's an awesome way to do it! You are an awesome Mommy for knowing when to take a break from it all. Aviana is very lucky to have you!

  6. Awesome Jen! The glider looks amazing, I am sure that it allowed you to escape at least for that moment. So glad that you ran and got a little refreshed.

  7. So glad you were able to escape for a few moments. Love you.

  8. Run away and have that crazy weightless freedom, if just for a little while.

  9. Jen, anytime you want to go horseback riding come up to see us in Placervile. Hope would love to spend the day with you! Amy

  10. glad to see you're adventurous!--wow--wanted to say how I still think and read all of the time about your family and sorry that I never ask--I feel awkward and/or don't want you to--I want to know, but instead I always ramble about my own dulldrums, thinking my goofyness will allow you to escape for a minute--I'm sure you've heard it all, from talking to not, so please just know that I'm "with you" throughout your journey--hey, still want to get that drink, ok??Love, "gym Barbara":-)

  11. I just gotta say that you inspire me to love my child more if thats possible. I want to hug him tighter and never let him go but I know I cant do that. I pop in every so often to see how you all are doing. I always catch up where I left off before. I will be praying for you and for your family. Hang in there. I wish I could do something for you but I dont know what that would be. I would hug ya if I could, all the way from Tennessee. We give good hugs here in the mtns. Hang in there.

  12. Oh...WOW...that looks like an amazing experience, and totally deserved and needed! I am so happy that for a time you were, light, and ungrounded (that's probably not a real word:-)

  13. Were you in the back seat yelling "WHEEE!!! WHEEEE!!!!" like that pig in the commercial on tv? Because I would be. :)

    If you haven't tried it, try parasailing sometime. The peaceful soaring feeling is amazing.