Day 6 of Boots N All’s 30 Days Of Indie Travel. Topic: Fear

Just as travel can be fun and exciting, it can also have its challenging, or even downright scary, moments. Being in a new place pushes us out of our comfort zone and makes us face our fears. Tell about a time you had to face your fear when traveling, and what was the result

This is the second prompt where I’m finding that an instance doesn’t immediately spring to mind. I know that the ride to the airport in Costa Rica was scary. The route the driver planned to take had to be changed due to rain washing out bridges and causing landslides on the road he was originally going to take. We took a higher route through the mountains. If you’ve been to Central America you know that riding on the high mountain roads can be a harrowing experience. There are no guard rails, people pass on blind corners, you share the same stretch of small highway with very very large delivery trucks. Add to this rain and fog with a visibility of 10 feet and trucks roaring around the corners missing the edge of your front bumper by 16 inches and you have a recipe for fear. I remember either not being able to see very far at all or being able to see just enough to realize that it wasn’t a far stretch of the imagination that we were one small swerve from tumbling all the way down the cliff and coming to a very uncomfortable rest in someone’s field. I’ve flown through some rough turbulence, jumped off of waterfalls and seen a shark swimming towards me but this is one of the few times I’ve had butterflies in my stomach for hours. Forget rollercoasters and extreme sports. You want some fear, take a small bus in the mountains during rainy season in a Central or South American country and then let me know what you think.

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