Rise to the Occasion

Bucket list. I imagined I would. Some day. Always wanted to. But never really thought I’d actually go through with it.

My posse and me

I’ve been away on a mini-vacation, a road trip to San Marcus and to San Antonio. Not only did I go, but I went on this excursion with some great gal friends of mine. Overall, it was an exhilarating ride!

I learned a few things on this trip.

I learned that if you put your mind to a thing, you can fulfill a task (if you plan ahead). I learned that schedules don’t always go according to your plans. You may come across a few bumps and potholes along the way, and the winding roads of life may take a bit longer to get to your destination. And I learned that I don’t always do well during these obstacles. (Ahem.)

You see, my expectations may be to do thus and so, and once my mind is made up, I am in a wee bit hurry in getting there. But I also learned that it’s best to stop and smell the roses and make every second count. Because if you don’t, then you’ll regret that you didn’t do better when you easily could have. I learned (and I sometimes forget) to choose my battles and not all hiccups mean the end of the world! I learned that making each moment count are what makes every memory cherished. I learned that as much as I have strengths, I still have weaknesses that need work. Egads! I learned that growing older doesn’t necessarily mean you stop learning. I learned that no matter what, there is always something to be grateful for. And I learn (sort of already knew) that I have the bestest of friends! We love and accept one another–flaws and all–and if feeling down, we lift the other up!

So what did we do, you ask? You mean besides the driving, shopping, dining, visiting my in-laws, and shopping some more?

We went Up, Up and Away in My Beautiful Balloon! 

Now those who know me know that I have acrophobia (not to be confused with arachnophobia, which I also happen to be but that’s another topic). Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have a fear of heights. Or is it a fear of falling? Either way, I tend to get the heebie-jeebies. I discovered I wasn’t the only one among us who was set on facing this fear. And so face it we did; we rose to the occasion. Matter of fact, I was so busy taking photos on my phone, I didn’t have much time to allow that nervousness to take over!

Before take off, once the pilot said to hop in, we (about fifteen total in all) scrambled up inside that basket (with a little assistance from the crew), howbeit somewhat clumsily with one of our legs unable to lower from the ledge of the basket down in our tight space. So much for dignity.

To Deborah, Judy and my new friend, LeAnn: Thanks for the memories. What’s next?

For your enjoyment, here are a few photos of our adventure.

Deborah & Judy

Deborah & Judy

LeAnn and myself

LeAnn and myself










Just about ready for take off.


All for one and one for all!











Up, up, and away!

Up, up, and away!

3100 feet up

The Adventure-etts: 3100 feet up!

Beautiful Sunset

Beautiful Sunset


© M.A. Pérez 2016, All Rights Reserved

Your life is like a balloon…if you never let yourself go, you will never know how far you can rise.


January 16, 2016 · 9:10 PM

15 responses to “Rise to the Occasion

  1. I’ve repelled off a cliff, hang glided, jumped out of an airplane and the scariest to me was the hot air balloon ride. Glad you were able to enjoy it.

  2. You’re braver than I am. I would have been terrified. 🙂

  3. I’m impressed! I too have a fear of heights, and have often wondered if I could handle a hot air balloon ride. Glad to know it’s possible!

  4. Kathleen

    So glad you had a great time. I have never been up in an air balloon. When you said heebie-jeebies I had to laugh. When I was in the hospital ccu for my heart, the nurse said you have to stay still because I was shaking my legs and all. I told her I coundn’t because I have the heebie-jeebies.She said what is that? I told her and she gave me xanex to calm me down. So happy your getting to go on all these adventures. Now is the time to enjoy.

  5. Good for YOU! Sounds exhilarating! Fantastic photos. Thank for sharing.
    As I’ve matured, I find I’m much more adventurous, don’t you? 🙂

  6. You brave chick! A hot air balloon ride is NOT on my bucket list. But I’m so glad you did this. I’ll let you know when I do the top two on my list: whale watching and seeing the northern lights.

    • Haha! Sometimes you don’t know how “brave” you are until you actually do something! Whale watching – now THAT would be cool, Sandra 🙂

  7. That must have been a lot of fun.

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