Thursday, April 20, 2006


My mother was searching the Internet and found a couple of articles that she thought would interest me.

Boy, did they bring back memories!!

Back in 8th and 9th grade (age 13-15) I lived in Bahrain (an island off the coast of Saudi Arabia). I really enjoyed living there and was devastated when we came back to the States.

I played a lot of sports when I was there – softball, volleyball, basketball – and was involved in other activities. One of those was the Cherry Tree Trot. It was put on by the American Women's Auxillary and consisted of running/walking (or in a friend's case - skating) a designated course (can’t remember the distance now!! Age has its downfalls!!). I chose to push someone in their wheelchair the whole way. That was hard! But I did it and I also raised the most money and won a trip to the Phillipines!! (wasn’t able to go – we moved instead)

Here is a link to article one and article two about the event as it is today, along with a picture. That is me in the purple sweats and pig tails! The man next to me in blue and white is the gentleman I pushed virtually (he helped a couple times) the entire way.

Another event I participated in was the Muharraq raft race (link 1 and link 2). I had a blast!! It consisted of paddling 8 oil barrels welded together with metal rods out into the ocean, around a buoy and then back to shore!!

Not sure the company we represented, but there were two teams that I remember practicing with – one girls, one boys. And the boys team consisted of some of the guys from the high school and some of the guys from the Navy base, which I was pretty happy about because I had a major crush on one of the Navy guys!! (Very much to my mother and step-dad's chagrin!)

Here is a picture of me after one of the heats. I look pretty tired.

Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me!!


Bolder said...

thanks for the comment on my blog, and for your work with TNT.

take care, bold.

Erin said...

Aaawww!! Love the pigtails. Aren't you cute? :)

Sarah said...

One of my best friends went to high school in Bahrain! Random. :)

Mojo said...

You were a cutie! It sounds like your parents did a good job encouraging you to be the sporty, giving, fundraising type of woman you have become today.

I bet it was a beautiful island to live on too!