One night in July I was talking on the phone to my friend JoAnne who lives in Alaska. We talked for months about me going to visit her, I was a bit hesitant. My balance isn’t very good because of my cerebral palsy. This would be a long flight, and I was nervous about needing to get up. I also thought it would be too expensive. I asked her to look for tickets. Then she looked online she found a ticket I couldn’t pass up.
It was a perfect day to fly. The sky was blue with white fluffy clouds. My window seat on the plane gave me a clear view of the glaciers.
The sites of Anchorage are very accessible because there are miles and miles of walking paths. The beautiful scenery of the mountain range and the fall colors were breathtaking. As I soaked in the beauty from the car window, JoAnne, took a short walk as she tried to figure out how you could get closer to a glacier. After I heard the route was accessible to hikers I said “How hard can it be for me to use it? Let’s go check it out!”
As I started, I thought my ride on my scooter was going to be relatively easy and beautiful. The path consisted of packed dirt with large trees on both sides. As I drove along, my scooter veered to the left. I stopped and backed up, then continued. When that happened for a third time I asked myself what in the world was going on. Then, as I looked at the ground in front of me I saw roots from trees that were barely covered by dirt. Whenever I hit them I lost control of my scooter. While JoAnne went ahead to see If the trail was any smoother, I stayed behind. After sitting there for a while I inched my way forward a little more down the path. Each time I hit a root I thought, “I better stop.” But I didn’t stop until the idea crossed my mind a third time. I thanked God as I glanced over my shoulder and saw a place I where I could turn around!
This adventure seems like a theme in my life. Whenever I see something important in front of me, I reach for it. While I do feel overwhelmed at times, I would miss out on many wonderful opportunities if I didn’t step out of my comfort zone.