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Saturday, September 18, 2010

We're Home! A Broken Window & Avoided Overpass!

Boy, is it good to be home! 

Last Monday, the dealership was gracious enough to get our truck done first thing, so Mike got a call at 10:30 a.m. that it was done and ready to pick up.  He left to return the rental car, and go get the truck - it was only the water pump that had broken and was covered under the warranty!  Thank you, Lord!  He was so happy when he got back to the campground and backed the truck up to the trailer to hitch it up!  Like a little kid at Christmas!  Just like when he bought the truck!  I was all ready to go, and the trailer was all tied down and ready to hitch up, so we were done and out of there by 1:00.  We drove for 11 hours to get to the next campground.  We were so tired and looked forward to just an easy week at this last unexpected stop.  We drove into the campground, and the first site was taken, with all of the trees lit up with orange and purple lights, and pumpkins EVERYWHERE!  Not real ones, but the kind of spongy-rubber ones you can get.  Not one was the same - there must have been 200, even in the trees!  We drove around to find an empty spot just to sleep in, and we would check in in the morning with the office and pay.  It was midnight Tuesday morning.  We came to the end of the campground, and decided we needed to turn around and go back up closer to the front of the place.  Now, we have never arrived anywhere at night, so backing the trailer up in the dark (they don't have back up lights) was very difficult because Mike couldn't see anything!  He knew there was a tree in a little island in the middle of this kind of a circular turnaround, and he was trying to avoid hitting that, and the branches hanging off one on the other side of the road.  He turned too sharply, and the front corner of the trailer hit the side edge of the back window of the truck, and BANG!  The whole window exploded out and showered glass everywhere!  It scared us so badly!  He had done this once before, and left a dent in the metal of the truck next to the window on the other side, but it didn't break.  We weren't that lucky this time.  We got the trailer parked, and then at 1:00 a.m., with broom and dust pan, we walked to where the glass was and cleaned it up.  What a mess!  It was everywhere inside and out of the truck and on the street. 

We didn't get much sleep, and prayed that it wouldn't rain.  At 9:00 that morning, I called the insurance company to get the name of a glass company in the area.  State Farm was great in providing the location and phone numbers of the people we needed to contact.  Mike was fortunate enough not to be really busy that afternoon, so he took the truck to Safelite AutoGlass and had it replaced.  That night it rained, and rained, and rained!  I laid in bed and just listened to it hitting the roof of the trailer, and it was so nice!  Mike never heard it - he was dead to the world, and SNORE, boy, did he snore!  Poor, tired man!  It rained all of Tuesday and partially Wednesday, then the sun came out again.  It was warmer in KY than in PA.  I watched a praying mantis on one of the trailer tires, and he was very interesting.  We got to talking about bugs, and how the female eats the male.  Yuck!  On Friday morning, I was outside folding the picnic table cover up, and our little green friend was still there on the tire.  I got a stick and put him on the tree next to us, where he sat looking around, contentedly.  Within 30 minutes, he was gone.  I've never seen one fly.

We left the campground at Boonesborough, KY, turning left onto a two-lane road.  It wound around and around, up and down, and Mike said, "I don't remember coming this way."  We didn't - we were out in a "holler" of Kentucky, and it was slow going because of all the trees hanging down, and a passing car once in a while.  We went down a little hill, and came to a railway bridge over the road we were on, and we came screeching to a rough halt.  We almost had another calamity!   The sign on the bridge said it was 11 ft. 2 in. high.  Our trailer is 12 ft. 2 in. high, so if Mike hadn't noticed that and stopped in time, we would have cut off about 12" plus some off the top of the trailer!  Can you imagine??  The truck behind us didn't like it too well when we stopped so quickly, but when you have about 10,000 lbs. of trailer pushing you down the hill, you hope the brakes hold!  God was with us, because right where we stopped was a dirt driveway going up to a mobile home next to the road.  It was situated so that we could back up into their big dirt "parking lot" and turn around. 

I have to say that this trip was so enjoyable, and we had a lot of fun!  Yeah, some things happened along the way, but we weren't hurt in any of them, had the extra money to pay for them in cash, didn't charge anything, and arrived at home with cash left over!  We can really see where God was in all of this! 

I hope each of you is having a wonderful weekend, and enjoying the "not-so-hot" as three weeks ago, weather we're having.  It's about 20 degrees warmer here than it was in Pennsylvania.  Not that I'm complaining, but I really like the cooler weather better!  I hope you're all well and doing great!  Happy crafting!

One final note - I made the Heartfelt Creations Design Team!  I'm so excited! 


  1. Really neat to hear about your travel experiences, thank you for sharing! And I'm jealous about your weather, in my neck of the woods it is jeans and jacket weather already, so sad!
    Looking forward to getting to know you over the next few months on the Congrats on the DT position, looking forward to getting to know you over the next few months.

  2. I loved reading your story! Sounds like a trip and a half LOL, congrats on the HFC design team, look forward to working beside ya!

  3. Wow what a crazy set of fun though to have such fun memories - glass and all! LOL

  4. CONGRATS on the HFC design team!!! Could not have happened to a nicer person! Your cards are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing about your "vacation"! Loved reading about it!! Brings memories!


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I am a child of God, wife, mother of three, and gramma of six. I enjoy stamping, scrapbooking, beading, photography, sewing, camping, fishing, hiking and life! I am a retired dog groomer. Denver, Colorado, is where I was born and raised. I miss the snow and drier weather.

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