My apologies in the delay of announcing the contest winner. This month has gotten away from me.
First off I want to thank everyone that participated. I had a wonderful time reading all of your stories and I want to thank you for sharing them with me and my readers.
Second Runner Up: KAYLAANN AUTHOR
This piece is well written and it shows that some of the favorite moments in life aren’t big and grand, some of them are small quiet moments before something big.
It was cold. Bitterly cold. The tip of my nose felt liable to crack off. With dreaded anguish, I threw myself out of bed and flinched as my feet hit the cold ground. My toes protested even within the fuzzy socks, I wore. I crossed the wooden floor that cracked with each step. With every step, I got closer to my goal, the fire place in which my fiancé stroked the fire happily. I sat down with a hot mug and smiled at him before turning my look to the windows and their frosty planes.
It was a wonderful day in Lake Arrowhead.”
First Runner Up: Just Muddling Through Life
Her moment is doing something entirely new – in this case – visiting the Florida Everglades. Sometimes the moments that are are favorite and those when we experienced something new. See her full post with its wonderful pictures here.
Contest Winner: Monkey’s Tale
Their moment is making new friends through nerve wracking and frightening experience.
We were traveling over two mountain passes in India, in September, what could happen?
That morning a freak snowstorm caused everything to go wrong.
Two of our vehicles got stuck in the snow, so we trudged over a mountain pass. We took shelter in a small room in a local house with four stranded strangers for one night. Four days later it stopped snowing, leaving 70 cm of snow. With no snow plows in sight, our hopes were dashed. By late afternoon we received amazing news. The Indian government would evacuate us. We thought the worst was behind us.
The six of us, now friends, traveled in three scary ‘rescue’ vehicles. We stood in the back of a pickup, then in a cement truck. The worst was a ‘Goods Carrier’ whose snow-covered tarp-roof was held in place by a weak, wooden frame. With each bump, the weight of the snow cracked the frame and we screamed. The driver didn’t stop until a beam split in two. Finally, he unlocked the gate and we rushed out only to find we were 7 km from the nearest town. It was a harrowing experience, but we met friends for life. “
This contest shows that our favorite experiences while traveling can come from anything: fear, cold, joy, new friends or a wild combination of all of them. Congratulations to the winners and to all the travelers out there, safe travels and I can’t wait to hear more of your stories.
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