Shall I tell you about our "wonderful" drive out to Ohio from New Mexico?
It wasn't as 'uneventful' as we hoped.
Let me back up to before we left.
There were some car problems that showed up about 3 days before we had to leave. A new O2 sensor, new rear wheel bearings, and brake pad replacements put us on our way.
Ryan stayed behind in Albuquerque to finish up some things while my sister and I took the kids up to Colorado Springs to see our brother off to Afghanistan. (Melissa had come down to New Mexico to help with the kids during this PCS and drive out to Ohio with us).
The trip up to Colorado went fine. Pretty smooth except for the pancake burger I received at McDonald's... but that's whole 'notha story.
Colorado was actually alright. Mom, Dad, and LaRetta met up with us there so we were all together. We went to the Olympic Training Center, hung out, ate, checked out "the INCLINE", and worked on some gifts we were sending Mike off with (a candy card and a book of stories, letters, and pictures from all of us).
|Melissa, Will & Retta, Alanna, Me, and Mike in the Olympic Rings|
|bottom of the Incline|
|Will walking the path leading to the incline|
|hanging out in Manitou Springs|
We took my van into the local Pep Boys and were basically told there was nothing wrong with them. They said we just had too much weight in the car, which was a bunch of bull. It was like pulling teeth to just have them look at the brakes! They did make an adjustment on the rear brakes and there was a bit of a difference so I went on my way.
|working on the book to send with Mike (at 2 am)|
|mom & dad with Mike|
|my bro and I|
|Mike with his nephew and niece|
|us 4 kids|
|Mike saying goodbye to Alanna|
We all spent a large amount of time in that airport... and William did not do very well.
But, we were there to say goodbye to Mike and watch him board the plane. It was sad.
Friday morning we all went to Seven Falls and had a nice time with each other and the kids LOVED their little popper toys Aunt Retta got for them. I didn't climb the big stairs, only Melissa and my dad did that. But I did purchase a fun salt rock light... can't wait to use it!
|My kids and I outside the elevator on the first level|
|a view of the falls|
|Melissa, LaRetta, and William|
That afternoon was when Melissa and I headed out to meet up with Ryan (and Maya). Originally the goal was to meet in Manhattan, Kansas but apparently a college graduation was going on that weekend so there were no vacancies in pet-friendly hotels.
We agreed to then meet him in Topeka where he found a pet-friendly hotel with a room.
The ride was going fine until about an hour outside of Topeka. My wipers stopped working... in a downpour. It was dark, not a safe shoulder to pull off on, and nowhere near an offramp.
What was I going to do??
Find out next time.