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  • So the first time I ever drove any sort of "long distance" was at the end of last semester when I volunteered to drive to a retreat for one of my student organizations. We were going to Concan Texas which is only about two and a half hours away but I'd never driven farther than like thirty minutes before so I was just, it was a new thing for me but I said, you know what, it'll be easy, I'm, you know, friends in the car, we have instructions that are super easy, it won't be any problem, I can totally do this. So, when we left for the retreat, the way it worked out with times and everyone leaving was it was me and my friend in the car and we go, we're passed San Antonio, having a great time, just listening to music and talking, and we have our hand drawn map and our phones obviously. Um, and we were supposed to go to a place called Andy's General Store, in Concan, um, and then turn off onto a road right in front of Andy's which was called River Road, and then go down River Road for like a mile or so and then turn where you see the fire station there will be this road called Agarita, turn on Agarita, then keep going basically, keep going straight, and then you'll hit Bella Vista, which is the house we were staying in for the retreat. So I was, that was easy, we had everything we needed. Uh first thing that didn't go quite according to plan was it got dark, obviously I don't know why we wouldn't expect it to get dark but it just, it happened but it was fine you know but it being dark doesn't change the directions. So we keep on going and we have our phones set to go to Andy's, and my friend says ok, it looks like Andy's is coming up in about five minutes. Like ok cool! So we keep on driving and it's like pitch black, like you know, hill country Texas, and then we go past where it's like, well Andy's was supposed to be right here, and there's absolutely nothing it's just pitch black everywhere. So we like make a U turn and go past like anywhere we'd seen lights, and they're just houses so I said well, I guess our phones were a little bit off, so we made another U turn and kept on driving um up straight up and we keep on going for longer, like fifteen more minutes so we were really like I hope we didn't make a wrong turn I hope we didn't get lost! but we finally cross over this river, and my friends like oh my gosh, this is totally on the map, we're going the right way! like ok great. And then we keep on going and finally we hit like the outskirts of Concan, and where there's no like, not like street lights, there were just a few little buildings that were kind of lit up, but it was really nothing, so it was ok, then finally, I see Andy's and pull in, and take River Road, which looked like a big road on the map, but it wasn't, it was like this small, gravel road that we're taking so we're going along, it's like super dark, there's the occasional light along somebodies fence and that's the only light there is but we're thinking ok the fire station's bound to be lit up so just look for that. So we go, past a mile, we hadn't seen anything that looked resembled a fire station, it was just black on the side of the road it was supposed, that the fire station was supposed to be on. Um, and finally we just said ok we definitely passed it we have to turn around, so we turned around and we decide to start looking at street signs for Agarita, and the street signs were wooden, so they didn't reflect light, so we had to get out of the car and actually look at the, at the street signs, and finally finally my friend has the written map and she's zoomed in all the way on the, or on the phone and she's like ok, this kinda squiggly on the map looks just like this so I think it's the next one, so we finally pull up to the next road, and there is no fire station, but it's Agarita road so we go on it, and we're going and then, trying to go straight, but there's like V's in the road so we're trying to follow the map and then like, from the reflection, from like my headlights, I see amid all the cactus and shrubbery, I see the the side of the road kinda dip off, a little bit, and I realize that I've been driving along this cliff in pitch black, this entire time and I just start hyperventilating while I'm driving I'm just like oh my god we're gonna die, but we didn't! We finally, magically, all of a sudden there's Bella Vista and we get out of the car and see all of our friends and we're like we made it but it was definitely an adventure and it was definitely not what I thought that I'd signed up for, but I did it, and felt very proud of myself.
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