It’s All About The Experience, Right?


Campsite views

Sometimes a travel idea just doesn’t work out exactly like I planned.

When my boys were little I thought it would be a great experience to go tent camping in the mountains of southern California. In my mind I had visions of campfires, hikes and relaxing by the lake.

The reality? It was over 90 degrees, our campsite was perched on the side of the mountain where the ground was so hard, my husband broke three of our tent spikes just putting up the tent. The incline of our site was so steep, if I could have found a rope to tether my kids to a tree, I would have. We couldn’t go boating on the lake BECAUSE it was 90 degrees and they only had aluminum boats for rent. Fried children on the lake – no thanks.

But it’s an experience we won’t forget.

Tubing on the Colorado River, Yuma, Arizona

Tubing on the Colorado River, Yuma Arizona

A few years later I was talked into another trip I thought my boys would love…boating on the Colorado River in Yuma Arizona.

The night we pulled into town it was 103 degrees at 8pm!

Not being a water girl, I planned to spend my days under an umbrella on the shoreline with my young daughter while the boys and hubby did their water-skiing and boating.

When the temperature climbed to 116…the water started looking good, even to me. At which point I was talked into tubing.

Another experience I won’t forget.

Whether we write small town contemporary romances, paranormals, historicals, time travels or romantic suspense, there is always an adventure to be had. There is always something that our characters experience that adds to the fabric of their backstory or their current journey toward their HEA.

Over the years I’ve touched electrified fences in Amish country (because I didn’t believe they would HAVE electrified fences!) I’ve walked down a mountain in Vermont carrying my skis after running over my husband and he had to be taken down the mountain by snow-mobile stretcher. I’ve watched my kids swim with sharks off a LaJolla cove because I was too chicken to join them. And all those memories of adventures are sitting there waiting to be used in a story somewhere.

Because life really is all about the experience.

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About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

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About Debora Dennis

A believer in second chances and that time should never be an obstacle to finding love, Debora writes time travels with modern snark and spice! When she's not writing, she's spending time with her family, reading, or trying to figure out a way to get chocolate into every dish she serves.

14 Responses to It’s All About The Experience, Right?

  1. That looks so much fun!!!

  2. Sutton Fox says:

    omg, what a fun post! Love the pics. You are so right, it is about the experience.

    The first one that comes to mind is me backing away from the giraffe’s tongue at one of those safari wildlife places. People were feeding them so they all came close, and stuck their heads in the car. Eeww! That’s why I love Melman, the giraffe from the movie Madagascar. I’m more of a, “It’s nature, it’s all over me, get it off!!” kinda girl.

  3. We’ve had some great adventures in our family travels. One of my most memorable was horseback riding through the Snowy Mountains in Australia. On the third day, we came across a herd of brumbies. Our guide asked if we were up for a chase. The four of us shouted “yes” and we were off galloping after the wild ponies, flying over hills and down crags until we ended up in a bog. The brumbies were probably laughing as we had to dismount and lead our horses across the deep, sinking earth. An afternoon I will always remember.

  4. Lani says:

    Before I had my family, one of my friends and me were traveling down in Louisiana. We had a blast in New Orleans, but before we left, I ran into a police horse that I fell in love with and just had to pet. I tried to do it on the sly, because my friend was allergic to all animals, but once she saw that beautiful horse, she just had to love on him too. The police officer really didn’t mind having two young college girls hanging all over him and his horse. Anyway, my friend did make sure she washed her hands and I did too, so she wouldn’t have any kind of reaction and we drove on to Baton Rouge during the sunset, when my friend took a nap. By the time we made it into the town it was dark, and my friend gasped. She couldn’t open her eyes. Her allergic reaction was so bad that she had two golfballs for her eyelids. Since this was a free-spirit trip, we hadn’t made any reservations anywhere, and wouldn’t you know it, there were several conferences going on in Baton Rouge. By the time I asked the thirteenth hotel, a rather posh one, if we could stay I was desperate. There was only one room available, the most expensive suite for $5000 dollars a night. I started to cry on the poor check in guy, telling him about my friend’s golfball eyelids. And he took pity on me and my friend, still sitting in the car since she couldn’t see. He let us stay in that suite. He had someone get Benadryl for my friend and pampered us like we were princesses. It was the best hotel stay I’ve ever had, once my friend’s eyes reduced to their normal size. We had a whole floor to ourselves and a small pool. It was beautiful and elegant, but the best part of all was the generosity that was displayed to us.

  5. Lyn Horner says:

    Love your photos, Deborah. You certainly have some adventures to use in your stories. Great blog!

  6. Fun post, Deborah! Vacations aren’t always what we plan on, but most of that time, it’s part of the adventure! We went to Yellowstone last year over Memorial weekend and it snowed 4 of the 5 days that we were there! Horizontal at times! We still had fun though!

  7. Debora, when I was a kid my younger brother and I decided it would be great fun to be underneath a railroad pass over a culvert. It was just big enough for us both to get underneath. We sniggered and giggled at how brave we were, until the train suddenly thundered upon us.
    To this day I don’t remember running, climbing over a barbed wire fence and not stopping until I was blocks away away.
    Don’t know how I’ll use that in a historical novel, but your experiences brought the memory back.
    We live and hopefully survive to learn, lol.

  8. I don’t have a funny story to share, but I enjoyed reading yours and everyone else’s. Lovely post. 🙂

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