The Tunnel Challenge

I challenge you to hold your breath to the end of this post.


























58 responses to “The Tunnel Challenge”

  1. Chatter Master Avatar

    SHE WINS!!!!! No one passes out unless they were really holding their breath!!!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Hahaha! I just know Chrissy cheated, at least.

  2. Nathan Young Avatar

    That was one really long tunnel!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Poor Charlotte also had to hold her breath over every bridge and past every graveyard. No wonder she was always light-headed.

  3. muddledmom Avatar

    That’s a game I bet everyone loses the first time.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      My husband and I play this game on long roadtrips through the mountains. It’s tough, but so gratifying when you actually make it.

      1. pegoleg Avatar

        Um, may I suggest the DRIVER take a pass on this game when going through the mountains? You know, because of that passing-out thing?

  4. JackieP Avatar

    hahaha! Too funny. I would have lost for sure!

  5. bottledworder Avatar

    Loved the way you changed the colours of everything in the tunnel. And the puffed-up cheeks of course!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :) Originally, I made it a GIF, but then it dawned on me that it would be more tunnel-like if it was all stretched out.

  6. notquiteold Avatar

    I remember a game where we all screamed as we went through the tunnel. If I recall correctly, my father decided that we would not ever repeat that game.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      That is hysterical!

  7. talesfromthemotherland Avatar

    Brilliant! Love the way the lights play on their faces… magic.

  8. Did That Just Happen? Avatar

    my parents loved us playing that game… it guaranteed they had some quiet time. I swear my dad slowed down in the tunnels!

  9. shelbyross16 Avatar

    I actually think I might stand a chance at winning that game. I like swimming underwater so naturally I can hold my breath for a while.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It’s great. I pretend I’m an oyster diver whenever we drive through tunnels.

  10. whatimeant2say Avatar

    Pure genius! I’ve missed you!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Aw, I miss everyone, too. Only a few more weeks until I return to my new normal life and have free time again!

  11. Rae Avatar

    Haha, I remember starting to feel a little dizzy through tunnels, but never actually passed out. That’s commitment!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Charlotte’s son used to get mad and hold his breath until he passed out. The first time I saw him do it, I freaked out! He turned blue! Like a cartoon! Kids are weird.

      1. whisperingiris Avatar

        My mom said my brother would do that. She would freak out and spank him (once) to snap him out of it. lol

      2. Rae Avatar

        Kids are weird. Think about how creepy that is! They get mad at you so they punish you by making you think that you caused their death!

  12. This Sydney Life Avatar

    LOVE that bumper sticker! Too funny!

  13. georgettesullins Avatar

    Exactly…you captured the lights in the tunnel just as it happens…and yes, the tunnels were long.

  14. silkpurseproductions Avatar

    Oh my gosh, I thought you were all going to pass out. That was one long tunnel. Brilliant work especially with the headlights playing along.

  15. Karaboo Avatar

    I don’t remember either my brother or I playing this game – and we went on a lot of road trips as kids.

    I do remember us playing “roller coaster” on really hilly stretches of road – complete with the clanks of the chains going up the hills and blood curdling screams going down the other side while we swayed from side to side depending on the curves. Come to think of it – I have no idea how my parents didn’t kill us the first time! :-)

    This was great!

  16. rosemcnab Avatar

    I never played that game growing up. I didn’t know what the kids were actually doing, but it was a funny post none-the-less. :)

  17. bloggeretterized Avatar

    yay!!! you’re back!! Loved this one, specially the bumper sticker on the car! teehehe!!! :D

    1. Geek 20/20 Avatar
      Geek 20/20

      ditto on the bumber sticker!

  18. JSD Avatar

    I also don’t remember playing that game, and I imagine my parents would have loved it since there were five of us. But then the only tunnel I remember going through was the one under the Detroit River to Windsor, Ontario. It terrified me because I kept looking at the water running down the tiled walls and expected the whole thing to collapse in on us.

  19. niccilouise Avatar

    Brilliant as always.. love the bumper sticker! You always have such a good imagination for details

  20. Selah Avatar

    lol… beautiful…

  21. Emily Avatar

    I held my breath the whole time I read that story. I’m a clarinetist, and it was still hard for me. Anyway, great story–I think Chrissy cheated too. One question, though–did the game continue after Charlotte passed out, or did your parents put the kibosh on the “tunnel game” (and bridge and graveyard game, apparently) out of concern for Charlotte’s (and everyone’s) health?

  22. mskatykins Avatar

    LOVE this! Fantastic post. Love the journey through the tunnel with the lights – that’s genius, Nicole. I STILL do this even now that I’m the driver. Favourite one to do it through is the Clyde Tunnel in Glasgow.

  23. The Cupboard Deli Avatar

    This is such a fun place to stop by!

  24. Charlotte Belanger III Avatar

    I love how you repeated the panels, I was holding my breath through the whole tunnel sequence, though, and almost passed out!

  25. hollybernabe Avatar

    My daughter and I play tunnel games, too. Only, we shout at the top of our lungs to see if we can keep the shout going without taking in a breath all the way through the tunnel. If it’s a super super long tunnel, we see who could do the shout in the least amounts of breaths. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!

    You get the idea. It’s noisy, but it’s fun!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      hahahaha! I love it!

  26. pegoleg Avatar

    I didn’t actually get a chance to look at any of your panels because I scrolled down so fast to beat the challenge. I’m sure you did your usual fine job. ;)

  27. lyrian Avatar

    I’m a middle sister myself. exactly in the middle of 5 sisters. Who cares about those two brothers. If we did, my older brother is the middlest child. I always thought my mother invented this game to keep us from screaming through the tunnels. Maybe she did and the game just caught on….

  28. PS MacMurray Avatar
    PS MacMurray

    Always so much fun to discover your stories. Happy Spring!

  29. Phil Gayle_For Singles and Couples Avatar
    Phil Gayle_For Singles and Couples

    lol! Brought back memories. :)
    I didn’t cheat, I held out to then end.
    I try my best to get round to other Blogs and when I do I’m always pleasantly surprised.
    Thanks for artistically, giving me a smile….Have a good week,

  30. Stephanie Buosi Avatar

    this is very nostalgic for me :) although, when my siblings and I played, we tickled each other as a form of cheating

  31. Raashi MET. Photography Avatar

    Tunnels are pretty interesting to me. Love the way you created the effects of light and expressions on your characters. good work! creative!

  32. Maux-Maux Avatar

    Brilliant. Your work is poetry. I’d expound on that but lack of oxygen from complying to your opening dare leaves me a bit brain dead and breathless! (The next generation of my family just requests for horn blowing. Hard on our ears, but much easier on the diaphragm!)

  33. Emily Avatar

    Nikki, I’m dying to see your next story. ;)

  34. Kyra Harsh Avatar
    Kyra Harsh

    You are absolutely amazing and this was hilarious! <3

  35. liyacount Avatar

    Reblogged this on GoStepAway and commented:
    It’s cute!!! :D

  36. YoungBlogger02 Avatar

    I did it. It took me three and a half tries but I did it.

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