Rain, Fog and Flat Tire

July 27, 2012

This morning we meet Susan, Mark, Emily, and Alfreda (Mark’s mom) at the Sea Princess cruise ship and walk into the town of Skagway for breakfast.

Alfreda does not want to join us on our scenic drive, so after walking her back to the ship, Susan & I meet at the Avis office where she picks up her reserved car.

Off we go in the pouring rain with Susan & Mark in the front and Emily, Dick & I in the back seat of the Toyota 4 Runner.  The drive is similar to the one Dick & I took yesterday; however with the rainy weather, the lakes and waterfalls are obscured.   A black bear makes an appearance running on the roadway, albeit brief.  It is still beautiful and exciting and everyone is enjoying the vista.

Since it is raining heavily, rocks from a recent landslide cover the slick highway, and Mark drives over some, causing the tire on our rental car to go FLAT!  Luckily there is a pullout close by.  Dick and Mark exit the car and survey the damage.  The rain is falling harder and it is bitter cold.  Because the car is not parked in a flat area, it begins to slide when the tire is placed on the hub, and the car rolls off the jack.  Many cars pass by, but no one stops to help.  We have no service on our cell phones as we have crossed over into Canada!  A shuttle stops and the driver says he will notify Avis.  We wait and wait.  Emily is as patient as can be, but Susan & I finally decide to urinate behind one of the bushes.  You have not had a truly significant mother/daughter relationship until you pee together in the great outdoors!

Finally, after an hour, a car pulls alongside us and out step two  heavy- set German ladies who offer to help.  In the trunk of their car are all kinds of tools.  A jack, shovel, (which we use to dig a trench)wrenches, etc.  Poor Dick is shivering and soaked to the bone, but with the spare tire affixed, we continue on our way to Carcross and warm ourselves with hot cocoa.  Out of necessity I purchase a long sleeve shirt for Dick since the one he has on is no longer  wearable and wet as a wash rag.

On our way back, after viewing Emerald Lake, we eat lunch at a small cafe while watching the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics.  The worst is not over; the fog has settled in and it is so thick Mark cannot see the road in front of him.  Thank goodness the car ahead has activated its hazard lights and guides us slowly along the highway.

Finally we are in Skagway and after checking in the car, we meet up with Mark’s nephew, Kevin (who is joining them on the cruise) and visit some gift shops.

The Sea Princess departs at 8 Pm and we reminisce about today’s adventure.  The irony is that we opted for the rental car instead of our RV as we did not want to incur any mechanical problems, especially since the van still has no reverse.  Although now, looking back on this eventful day , it is typical in my life.  A mundane afternoon of sightseeing without the unexpected happening, just wouldn’t be normal.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elaine Rudin
    Jul 28, 2012 @ 22:58:33

    Your ARE troopers. Glad it all worked out and that your daughter and family got back to ship in x for departure.


  2. Dianne Elliott
    Jul 28, 2012 @ 23:37:23

    All I can say is, “You certainly aren’t missing any experiences!” Glad you made it back safe and sound, so they didn’t miss the ship. Oy, what’s next???


  3. Alex Pujo
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 02:06:45

    Great job with the posts -just like being there! I’m dying to hear how this transmission thing turns out!


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