Vacation, part 6: fails.

Note: I wrote this last summer after we got back from vacation in an effort to gove complete and unbiased reportage. I wouldn't want you to think our life is all unicorns and pixie dust 😉  Somehow I never managed to publish the post, but I want to get it out there before we leave again so here you go. I gave you a paraphrased version of part of it last week — feel free to skip over that bit if you want.

In every adventure, there are bits that… fail.

Here is their story.

At 6,000 feet, the weather in June in northern Wyoming can be problematic for camping.

Fail hail site 

Later that same afternoon…

Fail picnic table hail 

That is not snow on the picnic table. That is hail.

Fail hail ground 

When it rained, we discovered that the seals around the roof windows had shrunk a bit in 22 years. The leaks could be fixed easily with a tube of silicone rubber… which we didn't happen to have with us.

This worked just fine, however.

Fail leak 

The scenery in Glacier NP is spectacular.

Fail scenery 

Fail scenery 2 

The *guard rails* along the edge of the road? Rather less so.

Fail scared stone wall 

That rock wall is perhaps 16" high, just tall enough to ensure that your vehicle flips as it goes over the side of the precipice.

Fail scared down

This is actually not a particularly unnerving view out my window. Although I was always edgy when our lane was on the outside of the road rather than next to the cliff wall, it was less frightening if I could see something — anything! — between the so-called guard rail and the bottom of the canyon. In this case, the trees and brush on the side of the mountain were just visible over the guard rail Vehicle Tripping Device. When there was nothing but air showing? I found I could not even look out the windows. At all. I had to turn 90˚ in my seat, away from the edge, and knit.

Fail scared knitting 

EZ's famous quote ("Knit on, with confidence & hope, through all crises") had never meant as much to me as it did on that road.

Happily, Smokey kept our vehicle on the road where it belonged. On another day when we were exploring a deserted back road that had a similar drop-off next to it, he drove in the middle just so I wouldn't be so nervous. Yes, he is a sweetie.

This is what happens when one's US#5 Addi Turbo gets caught under the van seat and one is too impatient to free it carefully, instead yanking it loose with careless abandon.

Fail bent #5 

The good news is that the needle still works just fine. I don't know if it affected my gauge, but I'm pretending that it didn't. Note: I am still using that needle, no problem, mon.

In other broken news, we brought along a back scratcher because we both find it inutterably satisfying to scratch that out-of-reach spot in the middle of the back.

Fail backscratcher 

Some white glue and this one was good to go again.

And then there was the day that a chipmunk in the woods was taunting Lucy, who was inside the screen house with me. The dog, of course, attempted to launch herself through the screen.

Fail ripped screen

I managed to fix that one.

Fail screen fixed 

One day Smokey was working on the van and had to open a blister pack of something when the scissors slipped. I will spare you any pictures of the gouge he took out of his little finger. You will have to be satisfied with this.

Fail finger 

That night he woke up to discover that the bandaid had slipped off and he was bleeding. In order not to bleed all over the bedding he improvised with a paper towel and some packing tape.

Fail finger 2

The finger has since healed fine, probably due to the fact that he had to wash dishes a few times during the trip. Nothing cleans out a wound better than soaking it in dishwater for ten minutes or so.

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0 Responses to Vacation, part 6: fails.

  1. k says:

    The rails flip your car so you’re dead quicker. It’s a mercy, truly.
    It’s easier to deal with that side of the road if you’re driving. Of course, you’re farther away from the abyss then too. (It occurs to me that the last time I was a passenger in Glacier was… a while ago.) I do remember seeing a rattler in the middle of one of those gaps in the vehicle flipper. And telling my mom to drive away from it. Come on, I was maybe eight.

  2. bullwinkle says:

    I’ve never been – but it is something I should see. (I’m waiting till I’m “older”. That only amuses me because I’m getting closer.)
    What would a vacation be without a few mishaps? Those make the best stories.

  3. soxanne says:

    Trips are always an adventure, aren’t they?
    My mother and a number of her sibs worked at Glacier summers in the late 1940s and early 1950s. They have many stories to tell of both scenery and adventure…

  4. gayle says:

    It’s probably easier to pick up the bits at the bottom afterwards if the car slides down on its roof rather than its wheels. Some engineer probably did a study…

  5. Linda says:

    Your scenery pictures are beautiful! The vacation escapades are just too funny; you could write a script for a tv sitcom! Love your stories. I am sorry, though, that you had so many problems on that vacation. But, hey, lots of memories, right? Hope your next vacation is much smoother and relaxing! Enjoy!

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