We had SUCH a great time visiting our California cousins! So much so that we forgot to take pictures more than a couple of times... My brother took the kids for rides on his long board.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
We took a road trip to visit my brother's family in Southern California. We had SUCH a blast, but the trip out there was admittedly a bit more exciting than we bargained for...
We slept over in Las Vegas the first night- Holiday Inn. It was a great price and the pool was clean and fairly empty, BUT when Peach crawled around on the carpeted floor in our room, her hands and the tops of her feet were instantly BLACK. YUCK! It made it really hard to be there since we couldn't let her play on the floor after that and she didn't yet have the sense not to fall off the beds. But the REAL adventure started the next day.
When we got to the place in CA where they make sure you're not bringing any produce-- all the stop and go, and WICKED heat (above 100) caused our car to vapor lock (at least that's what we think it was since our car was low on gas) so we had to be pushed to the side of the road to let us cool down. LUCKILY our car started again after about 15 minutes and we made it to the next exit to fill up, which just happened to be the place we planned to stop at. We noticed that our battery light was on, which was weird since we had replaced our battery within the last 3 years.
Since we made it to our rest stop- Calico Ghost Town- we just parked and decided to deal with it later.
THEN we just got on the onramp and I realized I didn't know where my phone was (a typical Libby maneuver). Jay pulls over on the onramp and we look all over the car. Nowhere. Jay takes off running (in the heat) back to the gas station to see if we drove off with it on the roof or something. I say a prayer and I instantly find it! (I can't even tell you how many times I've had this work. Seriously...) I call Jay and he runs back.
Did I mention that my husband's the best!
The kids were VERY upset and so I opted to sit in the back of our Civic, squished between two carseats, to try to keep them somewhat abated. This is Jay's attempt at taking a picture without looking, while driving :)
We finally get back to civilization and see a McDonald's sign, thinking a play-place would be great about now. We go in, no play place. :( At least there was air-conditioning!
Back in the car, I call my sister-in-law and ask her if she knows a good mechanic we can get our car checked-out by when we get there. Luckily they have a fantastic one, who they trust, and he specializes in Hondas. We give him a call to try to make an appt and he asks us what's going on. He tells us there's something wrong with our alternator and we should pull over as soon as we can because there's no way were going to make it all the way, given the amount of time we've already been driving on our battery. (AND we've been having the fan on full-blast).
Right after we get off the phone with him, our blinkers/windows/every auxiliary requiring electricity stops working. We have to stop in San Bernardino, the next city. Thank GOODNESS for iPhones! We were able to look up a place, while driving, call them and make sure we could get fixed RIGHT NOW, and also get directions to the place. We are SO lucky we made it there because our car died 5 minutes after pulling in. We also found out that we picked the only auto-repair shop in town with AC. I can't tell you how lucky we are. We ended up going to Eddie's Auto Care. I have to give them a shout out because they were SO awesome. Once they discovered the problem- one of our belts broke- and they figured out how long it was going to take- and they noticed that we had two small kids that would have to wait in the small waiting area, the owner (Eddie) gave us his car to drive to a Chuckie Cheese so we would have something for our kids to do. Seriously people!! How nice is that?! We are so grateful to those people for making a potentially terrible experience, just a minor inconvenience. If your car ever breaks down around there, I highly recommend them :)
After that, we got to our destination with AC and no traffic (truly a miracle!) We feel so lucky that things worked out so well, despite everything!