Monday, August 18, 2008

~We Missed Our Bit Of Heaven~

Hi everyone. We are back, actually we've been back for a couple days...let me tell you about our trip. Grab something to drink and listen to my story. Remember, we were going to our little bit of heaven...beautiful Loon Lake. We were all packed up and left home bright and early on a lovely sunny day. We just breezed up Hwy 50 and stopped at the Safeway in Pollock Pines to pick up a few perishables and then continued on for about 20 miles to Ice House Road where you leave the main highway and climb right up the side of the mountain. It is a beautiful drive, curvy and just two lanes but well paved and we have travelled it at least sixty times since the mid seventies. Well, anyway, up we go and we hadn't gone more than 15 miles when our engine started to overheat and we had to pull over...let me tell you, we were just hanging on the edge of the mountain and I'm freaking out...but trying to stay calm at the same time. We sat there for about a half an hour and then limped along to a small turnout. By this time the engine is hot, hot, hot. Up goes the hood and now we know we need help.....several cars, a sheriff, two forest service trucks and a UPS truck just drove right on by.....I should say a couple people did wave. Where we were there is no cell service and Carl is getting ready to walk down the mountain to find cell service and call for a tow, when along came the nicest couple, Mike and Jan...I call them our angels. They drove Carl down about a mile and he called for the tow.....they'll be here in about 30 minutes...wait, wait, wait, after an hour had to go back and call again....we'll be there in 40 minutes actually they got to us about three hours later....I was so thankful the tow truck finally got there and for Mike and Jan who stayed with us the whole time, a total of 5 1/2hours. We were towed to Pollock Pines. Lily and I rode with the angels and Carl with the tow truck. We were........................

towed to AtoZ Automotive repairs, where we had major repairs done the next day. We spent 24hrs...........
parked in front of the wonderful Whispering Pines mobile home park and quality time was spent on the lovely blue sofa with the "free" sign. Lily was such a good girl, but..........
she was even wondering when we would be going home.........
Here we are just relaxing and watching the world go by.........
Carl's just kicking back too. We were talking and in all the years we have been RVing this is our first mishap......so I call that pretty lucky. Out of a bad situation we met two of the nicest people and have new friends. So I think that is pretty special....don't you. Hugs and warm regards to all....Linda

25 comments:

Lib said...

HiLinda,
So sorry about the engine trouble, so Thankful 2 Angels were sent your way:o)
Hope you have a great wk.
Blessins',Lib

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

Isin't it wonderful to meet terrific people.Makes a body feel good.
Diane

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Believe it or not, I know a couple in MA whose names are Mike and Jan and I know for a fact, those two would have stopped for you!:-)

Sorry to hear you had problems on your trip! It sounds like a wonderful place to visit, Loon Lake.

Swampgirl said...

Sorry you missed out on your weekend! Loon Lake sounds so familiar, was it a setting in a novel? Maybe you should drive down here and camp at the pool! One of our neighbors keeps an RV in his back yard as a guest house!

Michelle said...

Oh Linda & Carl,
Sorry the weekend didn't go as planned ~ thank goodness for your angels.. (love the pictures!)

Michelle

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Hi Linda..Oh my ~~ that was a sad thing..but glad all is fine now and had some fun..(:)
love the doggy resting ..
I used to go to a LOON Lake here in Washington when I was young..
Oh it is nice to get a manicure forsure.. hope you have a great day..big hugs,Patty

Nancy said...

I just cannot believe a sheriff passed you right up. That is awful. Thank God for the two people who stopped and helped you. At least you made two new frinds out of a bad situation. Happy to hear you are now home safe.
Nancy

Love Bears All Things said...

Well, at least you had your home with you so to speak once you were at the blue couch. I mean the RV. Were you able to hook up to electric there. I'm anxious to hear what happened after the truck was repaired. Did you go on to the lake? And I am surprised that the people that passed,,especially the sheriff didn't offer to call for help. He should have been the one to help out. But God sent the angels and that was great.
I offered to help a young man in a the Bed, Bath, and Beyond parking lot the other day when it was so hot. He and his Mom had been in the store shopping for dorm things while I was there. He had his hood up when I came out and needed a jump start. He said he had cables so I said I would pull over to him. He was surprised that I offered but then his Mom who was apparently in another car and had left finally called him babk on her cell and was returning.
Let me know the rest of the story!
Mama Bear

BittersweetPunkin said...

How wonderful....about your new friends I mean...its amazing how many people don't stop to help versus people who do.

I hope the rest of your vacation was glorious!
Hugs,
Robin

cherished*vintage said...

Oh Linda, what an ordeal! I'm so glad that those new friends stopped to help. What a nice unexpected placed for a free couch to be. hehe Happy to hear your back home safely!
-Karoline

She'sSewPretty said...

I'm glad your angels happened along. I hope the rest of your trip was wonderful!

Vintage Tea said...

How lucky to have 2 angels find you and become great friends.

Victoria x

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh Linda, I am so sorry your holiday time got messed up but thank goodness for your two new angel friends. I can't believe the sheriff didn't stop and offer some kind of help...tsk!..tsk! I did get a chuckle out of you sitting on the sofa. :) Lynn

Dolly said...

Oh Linda I feel so bad for you n Carl!
What a yucky situation!

Thank god for angels!

Thank you for your prayers and warm thoughts for our daughter!

XXOO,
Dolly

ohiofarmgirl said...

You poor thing...what were those other people thinking? Glad it worked out. Dianntha

Connie said...

Linda, I'm so glad you found me too, sweet calif. chick! Yes, the DM bags are wonderful. We just bought a popup camper and its maiden voyage for us will be labor day to Grandjean near Stanley Idaho. Where are you in Calif? We lived in San Diego, Oceanside and Hayward (northern). Visit with me often. I'm not "DULL"!
Smoochies,
Connie
Thank you for visiting, chickadee!

Brenda said...

Linda, Im sorry about the trip ,but you look like you handled it well. I wished I had a positive out look like you.
Thanks for your prayers,Brenda

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Linda!
What a blessing your 2 new friends were sent to help you! I'm so glad you were kept safe and had someone nice to spend the awful wait with. I always look at it from the angle that maybe God didn't want us to meet disaster of some sort down the road so he stops us and makes us wait so we dont get in worse trouble. He just had you in a "holding pattern" for a while!
Hugs, Sherry

Kathi said...

Linda, I'm so sorry for your car trouble, but wow, isn't God good to bring those two "angels" to rescue you. There really are still wonderful people out there. I am so glad you got to meet them. Hugs, Kathi

Sharon said...

I am so sorry to hear about all your troubles. That is so frustrating. We've been in similar situations. Don't you just love people who stop and help, it makes you realize how important it is for us to stop and help someone else.

Did you ever make up to Loon Lake and camp? I hope so. Is this the Loon Lake that is in Oregon?

Have a happy day!

Sharon

Diana Lyn said...

LOL, sorry Linda, but that was a cute story bittersweet actually, these things in life keep us in check, don't they! Hope your rest of the tripwent well! Hugs Diana L.

The Rose Room said...

Something good out of something bad! Rachaelxo

Priscilla said...

Goodness Linda what an adventure! so much time spent waiting, I am glad it all turned out ok in the end, love the picture of your sweet dog...bless! I do love the photos you took while all this was happening..... now captured in time,

Priscilla x

Maggie R said...

Hello Linda....
Just passing by on my surf board ...... Gosh what an ordeal.... Nice there were angels looking after you and to turn lemons into lemonade.....
xoxo
((((hugs))))
Maggie

Somewhere in time said...

Hi Linda,
I just happened to be searching for my own blog when I came across yours. I loved reading all the news you have and seeing all your antiques, lace and tea cups what fun. The counted cross stitch is nice too.
I happend to have the same name as you Linda, I lived in Calif for 53 years of my 55 years (ouch!!)
I am now in Washington.
Thanks for the great read.
Linda Crummitt