…and, for the sake of the children whom I love dearly, went on a field trip to a…
(Fear #1) …tunnel
(Fear #2)…a tunnel which runs under water, under a great big river – big enough for a cruise ship to float on.
(Fear #3) We went not only went to see a tunnel that runs under water, but we also went under the tunnel of heavy zooming cars and quite heavy & loud semi trucks. Keep in mind, as I certainly did, that the tunnel has a heavy, heavy river flowing above it, and that there might be a heavy cruise ship floating on it at that very moment. We were under all that, in yet another underground "maintenance" tunnel. Oh, joy..
(Fear #4) To get to the underside of the tunnel with the zooming cars under water and possibly under a cruise ship, we had to climb down, down, down, down Very Steep and Very Narrow see-through metal stairs for five flights.
(Fear #5) Halfway down the flight of stairs, on landing #3 or so, you can open a door to the car tunnel and see the zooming cars – and semi trucks (:::said in a panicky voice:::) – zooooom within just a few feet of you. Why. Is. That. Door. Not. Locked?
I had to pretend like it did not frighten me very nearly to death, because the other 70 homeschoolers didn't seem to mind, and the children definitely didn't mind. Our little gal cheerfully waved at the tiny speck of me from waaaay up those scary stairsteps, as if it wasn't a very scary day at all.
It was cool and worth it, but…
…we've been there, done that, no need to do it again.
p.s. The photos were taken on the kids' point-and-shoot by me. If my shaking hands didn't make the photos too blurry, I'll post them as soon as I find the camera. I don't want to wake a slumbering angel just to post blurry shots.