Determination vs. Mountain.

After I took my mom to the airport on Friday, I decided to take that pesky tire of mine into my tire place… since I was driving by it, you know. In fact, I was so confident it was going to be a waste of time, I nearly got back in my car and left. But I persevered. Turns out, the water test showed nothing, so they took the wheel apart and found a small hole on the inner part of the tire, and a staple inside. The puncture, they said, was sealing against the wheel in certain positions, so it wasn’t a constant leak but a persistent one, when it did leak.

A relief, really, because that means I didn’t tick anyone off to the degree of anger it would take to spend time deflating a tire. So there you have it, tire deflation mystery solved.

Friday night we headed up to the local mountains, only to be turned away, along with hundreds of other people, by CHP and CalTrans. Something about an avalanche up the front way and the power company needing the road to restore power on the back way. We tried both ways a couple of times Friday night and finally drove back home and slept.

Since we had no plans for the weekend other than going to the mountains, we decided to try again the next morning. So we drove back up… checked the front way, then the back way… both were still closed. So we headed to the back-back way (and final way, except for aircraft) and waited in line with 5 miles of other people from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM, which is when the road opened (they had to clear an accident).

It then took us an hour and a half to drive 9.5 miles because really, people, listen to the cop who had to drive up and down the line of cars — DO NOT STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD to adjust or install your snow chains, PULL OFF TO THE SIDE.

Seriously, when did common sense become such a priceless commodity?

BUT, we made it up to the cabin, shoveled out the driveway, spent the night, saw incredible amounts of snow, had the best breakfast ever, helped a friend shovel out her car, played with our friend’s dogs, including an adorable puppy (puppy!!!), closed up and winterized the cabin, and came back home.

Tony shoveling, before I got out and helped… and I DID help.

Best breakfast ever…

Look, I found a car under there…

Puppy love!

It was truly a grand adventure and I can’t wait to do it again next weekend!

More pictures can be found here: Link Oh, go on, click it, you know you want to…

Happy Birthday to my friend, Tamara, today (you lurker, you!!) and to my bestest-est friend, Grace, tomorrow. I love you both. *muwah*

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14 responses to “Determination vs. Mountain.

  1. py

    I join you to wish Tamara and Grace a wonderful birthday. While I don’t know them in person, each individual on this Earth is precious and deserves to be celebrated!

    You have some lovely photos here. May you have more great adventures. 🙂

    And thank you for your insightful comment on my blog. It is comforting to hear from an INFJ about the power of writing. 🙂

    • You are quite right about each person being precious. 🙂

      You’re welcome re: INFJ insight. Writing is very helpful for processing things. 🙂

  2. grrrace

    Thank you (and py!) for the birthday wishes! I miss you!!! While I like your mom and all, she was cutting into my Jammie-time. ;P hehe… I’m kidding! It seems like you guys had a great visit together. 🙂

    Glad you had a great time in the mountains. Those pics were insane!

    A staple? That’s one big ass staple! hehe.

    • HA!!! Well, my mom’s not done with me yet… she’ll be back. *insert scary Governator speak there*

      We are a total addict to the mountains. What can I say? hehe

      I’m just glad my tires are under warranty. It’s dangerous out there!

  3. tony

    Yes sweetie did help, good job sweetie pie. And I can’t wait to go up next weekend to and hopefully make it up the first night. XXOXOXOXOXXOXO
    :mrgreen:

    • I can’t wait for this weekend. I’m telling you, we should have taken that little government trail… Garmin does list it in her system. hehe 🙂 xoxo

  4. Whoa! Look at the mountain… of pancakes! Holy moly! Did Tony finish them off?
    Anyhow… looks like you guys had fun! Smiles!

    • We take a good portion of those breakfasts home as leftovers and eat on them for 2-3 days after. It’s insane.

      Also, don’t know if you saw in the pictures LINK), but they let me put the sticker for squidrowcomics.com (the bright red one) in a prime spot on their coffee maker.

      When they were clearing a spot for it (they moved an American flag magnet), the waitress accidentally pulled out the coffee filter cup and spilled grounds all over the floor. It was strangely appropo given what’s on the sticker. hehe

      That’s right, I’m spreading the word!

  5. Common sense became an endangered species a couple decades ago. Sad but true.

    Sounds like you guys had quite the adventure this weekend!

  6. Glad you did take the tire in for testing – and they looked at it instead of sending you away. But to join in the pile of cars? Why didn’t you just stay home?

    • I really like the place I get my tires, they’re always considerate and take the time to address any concerns… of course, I usually only visit them a couple times a year, but still.

      Stay home??? Silly man, why would we do that?

  7. the incentive for me to drive down the mountain, would be the palm trees waiting below!!! but then i would stay there until that pesky stuff melted …

    i think the stork dropped me in the wrong weather zone … really i do!!!