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Overseas Adventure Travel October 3, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, People, Travel & Leisure.

Last week at a luncheon, we met Bob and Carole who have traveled with Overseas Adventure Travel (our host for the luncheon) more than 23 times.


They’ve been to South Africa, Tanzania, Finland, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, River Cruises in Europe, Scotland, Ireland, Turkey, Morocco, Zambia, Mexico, China, India, and the list goes on.

They had to sneak out of Egypt during an uprising and they enjoyed front row seats to a gunfight between competing drug cartels in Mexico.  They’ve ridden elephants in Thailand and been offered rides on camels and ostrich.  They’ve steered water buffalo to plow fields, reins looped about their necks.


But the real eye opener . . .

A few years ago, Carole spent 6 weeks in a coma after being involved in a single car accident.

She ran over herself.

Not on purpose.  It was an accident.  Early in the morning.  While hunting for the release of the emergency brake.


Some of our biggest life adventures happen in our own backyards.

And driveways.

Keep your eyes open!

Aah . . . that’s better! 




1. Val Boyko - October 3, 2014

Now that’s a story to wake us up and get my attention this morning!!!
Val x

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

They were lively dining companions, Val.

We left the presentation with their card and an invitation to call them for travel recommendations.

2. Silver in the Barn - October 3, 2014

So true! I hope your friend is much better very soon and ready to resume her adventures of a more conventional kind.

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

She joked that she had to rebound quickly because they had a trip planned for the fall!

Silver in the Barn - October 3, 2014

Love her sense of humor.

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

I’m sure they saw nothing funny in the situation at the time, but they shared the story with us through gales of laughter.

3. Jill Weatherholt - October 3, 2014

Oh my, that’s terrible. I hope she’s doing better and back to traveling around the world.

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

She is. The accident happened in July (a few years back) and by September, she and her husband were “on the road again.”

4. Crowing Crone - October 3, 2014

oh my goodness. Fortunately it’s now become one of her adventure stories. wow

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

Exactly. She told the tale amid gales of laughter. She’s a real trooper!

5. ashokbhatia - October 3, 2014

MOG…hope the friend has recovered by now?

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

Yup. It’s been several years and they’ve traveled the 7 seas since her recovery. Two trips planned for this fall, and they’d just returned from another.

ashokbhatia - October 3, 2014

Wow….the indomitable human spirit!

6. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - October 3, 2014

Okay, I’m trying so hard not to laugh, but it is a battle I’m losing!! LOL

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

It’s hard not to laugh that she survived the uprising in Egypt and the shoot out at the OK Corral in Mexico only to return home and land in the hospital after dueling with a car. She definitely saw the humor in the situation.

7. NancyTex - October 3, 2014

One word: wow. (and a giggle, only because I know she’s okay now)

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

Exactly. I don’t think it would have been as funny to them or us if she hadn’t recovered to travel the world and share the tale.

NancyTex - October 3, 2014

Absolutely not!

8. Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com - October 3, 2014

Hahaha….While it doesn’t sound like my travels have been nearly as adventurous….I can relate to how many people talk about how SCAREY it is to travel to Mexico (where I just spent 3 weeks) and yet have pretty sad things (and sometimes scary things) happen to they right in their own homes here in the good old USA. As my favorite quote of all by Helen Keller says,

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature,
nor do the children of men
as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer
in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. “

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

You’re right. There is no such thing as “Safe.”

* Nothing ventured, something lost. ~ Neale Clapp
* Being too cautious is the greatest risk of all. ~ Jawaharial Nehru
* There’s no such thing as “zero risk.” ~ William Driver

9. Grannymar - October 3, 2014

I am giggling away here at the thought of running over oneself with a car! maybe the car did not like her driving! 😉

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

She’s not sure what happened. The last thing she remembered was looking for the emergency brake.

Maybe she pressed the ejector button?

10. Barb - October 3, 2014

That’s one ‘adventure” she’ll never forget!

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

Except that she doesn’t remember what happened ~ she was looking for the ejector button (a/k/a emergency brake) and . . . 6 weeks later she woke up from a coma.

11. Pix Under the Oaks - October 3, 2014

How do you do something like that? Thank the heavens I don’t use the emergency brake.. oops that could be a problem too!

nrhatch - October 3, 2014

She didn’t either. But her daughters were visiting and they live where its hilly and set the brake. It was DARK and she couldn’t see. She opened the door to look for the brake release . . . and then she woke up 6 weeks later.

So we don’t know HOW you do something like that. 😯

12. jannatwrites - October 3, 2014

This makes me appreciate my not-so-adventurous life! Might not be a bad idea to stay away from cars, too 🙂

nrhatch - October 4, 2014

Talking with them about all the amazing places they’ve been did NOT give us unbridled wanderlust. I’m pretty content in my own backyard most of the time.

That said, Scotland, Greece, and Italy are on my short list.

13. Three Well Beings - October 6, 2014

Wow! What a remarkable story! I can’t even imagine myself as a world traveler, let alone with this kind of adventurous spirit. Just not in me! But I would love the vicarious travel of hearing their stories. And six weeks in a self-induced coma? Her poor family must have been in quite a state trying to figure out how that happened! They manage to avoid getting caught in cross-gunfire and succumb to driveway calamity! There’s a good life lesson in there somewhere. 🙂

nrhatch - October 6, 2014

Of the 200 or so people at the luncheon, Bob and Carole had the most miles under their belts. We enjoyed talking to them about their various trips and their speculation about HOW she ended up under the car while looking for the emergency brake.

One of the most interesting dinner table conversations we’ve had in a while. That said, they didn’t inspire us to book a trip.

14. joannevalentinesimson - October 6, 2014

Fun! And an important cautionary tale. I love OAT and have enjoyed several trips with them. They were the tour organization I went with when I was getting a bit too old to backpack and stay in youth hostels (which I did until well into my 50s), and when I went to countries where I couldn’t speak the language.

nrhatch - October 6, 2014

I’m glad to hear you love traveling with OAT, Joanne. Based on what we heard last week, I would book a trip with OAT if I wanted to travel somewhere where language would be a barrier or if I planned to travel alone.

They don’t charge a single supplement which is great for people who aren’t traveling with a spouse or close friend.

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