One evening, my husband and I were out to dinner with two of our close friends, Penny and Peter. Penny had just joined the board of Outward Bound, the well-known, non-profit organization dedicated to helping people explore the world and expand themselves and their potential through wilderness trekking and travel. To celebrate, she was in the process of planning a trip to Africa with the rest of the board to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
"Oh, Tina, why don't you come along?" she asked brightly. "You'll get to do some real mountain climbing. It's just the sort of challenge you love."
She was obviously remembering my marathon days and assuming that I was in far better shape than I was. But in a moment of bravado, assisted by a few too many glasses of Sauvignon Blanc, I heard myself say, "Yes, I'd love to."
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