Tuesday, August 27, 2013
"What you can not see you imagine and what you imagine is far worse than what actually exists" British Royal Marines Sniper
Last night the power went out in this little town I live in. It had been storming all day and around 5 pm the power went down. Well I work full time at night from home, so I had slept until about 4 pm and obviously could not work. So I decided to go for a little night time drive out in the woods. Which I have done many times before. I took my friend and her 8 year old daughter.
At about 1 am and 30 miles from home or any other houses with no cell phone reception I struck a boulder with my car and popped a tire. Which wasn't the worst thing in the world, because I did have spare tire. So we got out and got to work. I understand the basics of changing a tire, but it's not something I have much experience with. We finally after probably 30 minutes or so got the spare tire on the car.
Feeling pretty proud of ourselves we got back in the car and turned the key. Nothing happened. The battery had died. I managed to keep my composure and even calm my friend and her child down. But I did insist on staying in the car until light came out. We stayed in the vehicle until 3 am, which was fine with me. I figured someone would come by some point during the day. Unfortunately, my friend insisted on getting out and walking for help or cell phone reception whichever came first.
Now I'm kind of a chicken about being out in the woods at night and wasn't too keen on getting out of the car. Also I know what is in the woods at night. I've seen bears, cougars and bobcats all in the area where we were broke down. And we did not have a flashlight or anyway to see.
But at 3 we finally got out of the car and began stumbling down the road back the way we had come. We walked for over five miles in the dark up and down steep inclines me in my dress shoes and them in their flip flops. Until finally in the distance we heard the sound of heavy machinery. It was about 5 am and the loggers had come to the woods.
We kept walking tell we found a path to the logging landing and stumbling down a slimy muddy road we found a loan guy working lifting trees with his tractor thing. All the time I'm praying that this guy is not some weirdo. We stood at a distance waiving until he saw us. And he drove his tractor thing right at us! But luckily he wasn't terribly creepy and did give us a ride back to my car where he gave our battery a jump. And we drove slowly home arriving at nearly 6 am.
Needless to say I got a lot of activity today and '"m really sore with a twisted ankle and huge blisters. But since we didn't get eaten by any critters I'm calling it a success. 70 pounds ago I would not have been able to walk 5 miles as quickly as we did and probably would have had to take many breaks. Note to self though: keep flashlights & tennis shoes in the trunk!