I decided to go tubing this past Saturday with a friend, my sister and my youngest child Savannah. Which, was supposed to be my start to exercising again especially after all this rain we’ve had. Well, we had a few mishaps or I guess you could say a series of unfortunate events.
In case you don’t know I live in Bryson City, NC. You could also say I live in the Great Smoky Mountains!!! Very Beautiful especially in the Spring – Fall. Winter is still pretty but, everything looks dead. My favorite time of year is the Fall. The leaves change into beautiful Autumn colors and it’s not so hot. Oh and we have the best places for tubing. 🙂
I chose to go tubing down Deep Creek in Bryson City. Very beautiful place to camp, hike, horseback ride, bike ride, and tube of course. So, the hike up was great, I felt alive and ready to go. Which, is the first time in a long time I felt that great. We get down farthest spot you can put your tube in and we start our water fun and after the hike it was much deserved.
Fall 1: I put a life jacket on Savannah who is 17 months old and we set her on my lap in the tube. Everything was great until little fall 1. So, we go down the little fall and well, we fall out and Savannah screamed bloody murder. I should mention that creek water is cold and I am pretty sure it was a shock to her. We then get situated again and decide to keep going. I thought to myself no big deal the worst fall is over. The rest of the way is a piece of cake; I mean I’ve done this a million times.
Boy was I wrong…..
Fall 2: We get going and Savannah is now having fun again and we are heading down fall 2 when we hit a rock and it spins us backwards which, without a child is easy. (So, when tubing you want to lean against not with the fall) I was leaning against the fall when we hit rock and spun backwards but, now I am leaning with the fall. I tried to lean against again but, it was to late and baby and I flipped over. This wouldn’t have been so bad but, the current was very strong and fast. Also, very rocky. So, I hold Savannah up so she won’t hit any rocks and in doing so the current keeps sucking me under. I keep swallowing water and I keep trying to get myself up but, I can’t. Savannah is fine mind you it’s me that is drowning because I can’t fight the current.
Finally, I hear a voice from heaven say, “Grab that baby the mom is drowning!!! Hurry, GRAB THE BABY!!!
I just knew right then that my baby was gonna be okay. I lunged her forward with all my might and took my last breath and told Savannah I loved her. I was then sucked back under swallowing more water my mind was calm though because she was safe….. A few moments later a hand grabbed my arm and pulled me out too. In shock and panic I seen my baby and went to grab her but, the man said to calm down and wait because we were still in the water.
Now, we are just trying to get to safety. All the other tubers behind us didn’t realize what had happened so, they are running into us not realizing we have a baby. When finally a man gives us his tube and they put my baby on it and tubed her across to the man on the other side. I then slid down in the rocks to the other side and got my baby and waited for our heroes. I will never forget them nor will I ever be able to thank them enough for saving our lives.
I did end up with tons of bruises, a pretty bad scrape on my right leg, broke my toe, and bruised my right knee pretty bad. But, none of that matters because my Savannah was worth it and she didn’t have a scrape or bruise on her 🙂
Jessica and William if this ever finds you, Thank you so very much!!