I Must Confess…I’m Scared of Mountains
Hello good people and welcome to yet another confession from yours truly as part of the I Must Confess linkup.
This weekend sees me travelling down to the NSW south coast for a family get-together with the rest of the immediate Russell family clan. It should be awesome.
But I’m not looking forward to the travelling down part when it coincides with traversing mountains. I have a deep-seated and highly irrational fear of them. Which is why I’ve never been on a skiing holiday and probably never will!
And that’s why you’ll never, ever see me doing this!
I remember travelling down to the Snowy Mountains when I was a young girl. I was freaked out by driving through clouds on the way and was terrified when we made the obligatory visit to Charlotte Pass. Even though I couldn’t see a thing, I lost it, visions of either myself or another member of the family just stepping off the side of the pass filling my mind with fear.
Apparently I am even more scared when the sky is clear. On a later trip up to North Haven, just south of Port Macquarie, we drove up North Brother mountain to enjoy the vista of the Tasman Sea from goodness knows how far up. I hid in the car while I experienced my first ever panic attack. That is definitely one of the more troubling memories I have of my childhood.
Years later and I still do not like going up mountains. Not that many years ago I made my husband wait until it got dark before we left Lithgow for Mudgee to avoid me seeing the Lithgow enscarpment, where the land just falls away as part of the Great Dividing Range. On a another trip down to Huskisson, I ensured someone else was driving when we came up out of the Kangaroo Valley so I didn’t have to see the view!
This weekend the only two options for getting to our destination is to go through the Kangaroo Valley again or go down via Bulli Pass – both options are not looking all that good to me. So I will be driving the first half down through Sydney and then passing the wheel to my husband while I strategically close my eyes at the crucial moment!
Do you have a deep-seated and irrational fear?
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