Saturday, May 28, 2011

Should have stayed home....

It's Memorial Day weekend...woohoo!

Bought some food, a collapsible cooler, ice, and packed the KIA for a Saturday filled w/ photos and day camping.....but maybe I should have stayed home and had the house to myself.

Headed out at 10:30 am, w/ a plan. I wanted to head to a little ghost town (sorta) called Guffey.

My dad's fault.... he showed me photos he took there.

 This is in Florissant on SR 1

Got lost again, None of the roads are marked, and I had directions... but I tossed them out the window. (just kidding, I was speaking metaphorically)  I had a GPS but it had no cord, and the battery died 5 minutes after I got my area to show.
Ok, plan B...... ask for directions, and buy a map. Also scored puppy some homemade peanut butter dog treats...after he had "hoarked" in the back seat. EWW!

Found Guffey after an hour or so.... SO COOL!!!!!!!!

 This was like the store in that movie "Needful Things"

Weird enough???

As I was headed to my family's campsite at Mueller State Park, I saw him...

I decided to head thru Eleven Mile State Park/reservoir as a shortcut.. BAD MOVE!
I got on dirt roads w/ deep ditches on each side, and once got into a part of the ditch... but I was lucky it was not too deep, and back on I got.

Dirt roads turned into damaged but paved roads. I had to swerve around potholes but I missed one... and wouldn't you know... It has a foreign object sticking out of it....


A Flat TIRE!
  .... which I know nothing about fixing or where anything useful is...

THANK YOU... I have a cell signal.... "Traci........ Can Tim come help me???"

While I was waiting for my family to rescue me..... lots of cars slowed, but never stopped.
 BUT... who's this? A pickup truck... w/ 4 Guys, 2 girls... They are Stopping!!!!!


So, it seems that I pole-vaulted on a 6" copper pipe that was in the pot hole... and it wedged in 2-3" on the INSIDE of back passenger side tire.

Hubby's gonna have a cow!
The 4 guys got the jack from my truck, but took 20 mins to find the cranking parts, and then as it was on the jack, it rolled back off it........... almost onto where I was standing... Yes, I jumped out of the way.

20 mins later, and a million Thank You's to the men who helped me and the wife who made the men stop.... I was back to normal. But I still had to wait for Tim and Ron to get to where I was. 1 hour total time waiting, and a few attempts to tell them where I was.... I was never really sure where I was.
Got to Mueller State Park at 4pm, sick to my stomach, hungry, and exhausted, and chilled to the core.
I hung out, cooked steak for a sandwich, s'mores, and had a little bit of a Margarita to loosen me up.

Oh, stupid dog decided to get medieval on our friends Mastiff puppy, teeth showed... Dang It Scamp!

What a long day!

Time to hang up my camera and cap this blog... for a while... its too risky for me to be doing this.

 I hope you enjoyed my adventures....for now.

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