One Time I Fell off a Mountain



I guess I should introduce myself.

I’m Sara.

I like things flavored like coconut and when I was in 3rd grade I fell off a mountain during a family vacation in California.

Isn’t it CRAZY how I like coconut so much? There’s an unbelievable little fact about me.

Anyways, the other less unique thing about me is the whole “mountain” deal.

We drove an obnoxiously-enormous van from Utah to Disneyland.

We stopped to stretch our legs at the foot of the Calico Mountains in California.

I can’t remember if this was before or after my brother and sister both barfed in a sack in the back of the van. We got to listen to a Paul Simon tape, though, so the trip was still pretty good.

Anyways, (that’s how I started another paragraph up there. Dang it. This blog sucks.) My dad, sister and I started hiking up a little mountain. It wasn’t very steep or tall, so it didn’t take us long to reach the top.

It was a glorious view and I was feeling pretty confident about the 4 minute walk I just finished.

As far as I was concerned, I was nailing this vacation.

I was proud of things like the hike, that I was the sole throw-up-survivor in the van, and that I had nearly memorized all the words to the song “You Can Call Me Al.” 

I was unstoppable.

I figured I’d better get to the bottom so I could continue my streak of impressive vacation prowess, so I started down.

The journey down seemed much less strenuous.

More winning.

My legs were struggling to keep up with the slope, so I started going faster.

Faster usually equals better.

It turned into a light jog.

I was on fire.

The rocks and dirt underneath my feet were urging me to pick it up a little bit. (I guess gravel can talk.) 

Winners listen to rocks and dirt. 

The jog turned into a sprint which immediately morphed into an Olympic trial run.

I would have easily qualified for the American team. 

I couldn’t stop. My brain started to panic. I was nearing a small ledge that curved up before leading straight to the ground.

I was literally unstoppable.

You bet your boots (?) that I ran at full speed at that ledge; my arms spread out like an owl (?) As I started to fly through the air, I closed my eyes……

I had a vision of the future, you guys. I saw our days. It was unbelievable. I saw phones that can answer questions. I saw those soda machines that let you digitally add any flavor you want to Sprite. I saw the Chewbacca mom.

Actually, I just passed out in the air and don’t remember hitting the ground.

Then I woke up and sat inside the huge van eating puffed Cheetos while my mom put giant band-aids over both of my knees.

Going down hills still freaks me out, and I really do love coconut.

If you’re having a sad day, think about how at least you didn’t “Pull a Sara” and lose your mind and charge down a mountain like a baby rhino at full speed and fly off a ledge. You guys are the real winners.

You’re welcome.

I’m glad you could get to know me.

Much love,



  1. Rocks And Dirt is my favorite 80s band.


  2. I thought I knew you before; but, really I had no idea. If anyway can run down a mountain and take off a ledge and come out a winner, it’s you. Love, love this post. You will have the best personal history ever. Keep it up.


  3. Some memories never grow old or less funny. Thanks for letting me relive that one! Hahaha


  4. Oh my gosh, I love coconut too! So funny that we have that in common!


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  7. Rocks And Dirt was my favorite band in the 80s.


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