Saturday, August 30, 2014

Remember that time my husband ran over a wasps' nest?

When I met my husband in high school, he had a Jeep CJ7 that he'd go on offroading trips with friends from church. Actually our first long date was an all day Saturday offroading trip together; I still remember the panic and anxiety of that first trip (offroading is scary if you've never done it before!)...oh and I also remember the secret hand-holding and quick, sly kisses when everyone was occupied. I remember the butterflies in my stomach when he showed up at my house to take me on an adventure, and the hazy "love aura" that surrounded us as he introduced me as his "girlfriend" for the first time ever, to people he had known for years. I loved how confident he was, how secure he was in taking me on the trip, and how knowledgeable he was about EVERYTHING (I still feel that way). That jeep is cemented and intertwined in our love story and it's impossible for me to think of us (the new girlfriend and boyfriend) without thinking of that jeep. Offroading was such a part of who we started out as.

That CJ jeep is now a sensitive subject in our household, as my husband sold it when we were in college. Depending on who you ask, you'll get differing accounts of what happened to it. My husband says he was "forced" to sell it and still if you ask him about it, he'll give you an ear-full about what he wouldn't give to have it back. But don't ask him. Seriously. It'll be a half hour conversation filled with drama. Ha! Weeks afterwards, when regret sank in, my husband pined for a replacement. And over the years, we have had vehicles we could take offroading - but they were always cars or trucks we'd then need to take to work the next day. Until this summer.

This summer we bought a third vehicle and made my car (an LR3) our offroad vehicle. We lifted it, put offroad tires on it, and did a couple minor things to get it ready for some offroad adventures.

We've already taken it out several times since then, but this past weekend, we decided to test its capabilities in Tahoe. We started our journey with a dead battery. Grrr. Once that was fixed, we ran out of gas less than a mile from my parents' house. Grrr. Determined, we left a final time with good attitudes and excited spirits!

We did Signal Peak in Tahoe and my sister and Andy came with us. Unfortunately, we took my sister on a pretty adventurous trail that was rated difficult in some areas and moderate in others and it scared her. When we got pretty close to the top of the trail, we stopped and had homemade sub sandwiches, chips, and soda.
We did really well on the trail, until we got to the "difficult" part and then we just got stuck. Part of the trail said you'd need 35 inch tires to get up and we have 33 inch tires. We thought we'd be able to do it, but there was just no way. The sand was too soft if you went one direction and the other direction was just too steep.
 I was starting to get a little worried we wouldn't make it and then Mr. Howard ran over a wasps' nest. SERIOUSLY?!? One flew into the car and stung him on the ear. With his bee allergy, we were all a little petrified of what would happen. It was a LOT stressful, because we were so far from any sort of help. Luckily for us, after all the adrenaline, he discovered his reaction only occurred in his ear. Thank goodness. My sister, Andy, and I were all out of the car too when it happened, but thankfully Andy was able to run away quickly and my sister and I were already out of the way. Whew! Scary!
What a way to ruin an absolutely beautiful trip! We were a little concerned about heading back down the trail (the way we had come up) because there was no way to fit two cars on the trail and there weren't any places to turn off and let someone pass. But, we had a completely uneventful trip down the hill.
I think my sister actually had fun going down (she was so scared going up!). 
I didn't get any pictures of the kids, hubby, or Andy. But they were kinda busy dealing with trying to get up the hill. Oops!

2 comments:

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I don't usually think, 'glad I wasn't there'......but boy am I glad I wasn't there. I don't think I would like that kind of off roading :)

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Hahah Mom! It was definitely a little stressful!

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