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Borrego Springs, CA

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Things that go bump in the morning.

Emma and I were out for a walk and a stop at the dog yard pretty early this morning.  Since temps will be hovering in the 90’s this week, it’s the best time to be out.  Wonder of wonders, another dog even joined us, and they ran around together for a bit.  There’s finally another dog here that isn’t one of those teeny weenie little things.  Their owners tend to avoid Emma’s exuberance (and rightly so).  “Ginger” was bigger, older, and wiser than Ms. Em, so it was good for both dogs.

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I’m going to toss in a couple of my other ‘smoky’ photos, from the other day, tonight.  It’s been hot enough here the last few days that I’m presently sitting inside with the AC going, and I took off my shoes and socks!  One of the rarest sights on earth is for me to be found without my shoes and socks on during daylight hours. Surprised smile  I’m just not one of your flip-flop types of girls.  Never have been, and never will be.  It’s a challenge for me to walk to the swimming pool here with only Crocs on my feet. (and I’ve been making fine use of that pool to cool off)

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As I was peacefully sitting at the table this morning reading Rick’s blog about the “Ten best things to see in Victoria, BC”, I was abruptly shaken by a loud bang as the rig rocked a bit.  My reaction was, “Holy Cow” (or something similar with four letters).  My passenger’s side neighbor was pulling out this morning and his great big fifth wheel slammed into my awning!  As he stopped, I flew out of my chair to get to the door.  He started to back up, and I hit the button to retract the awning before he did more damage.  He obviously was not paying close enough attention to his mirrors and cut the corner too sharply.  I just had that whole awning replaced last summer.  Luckily, it only appears to have scraped some paint off of the end cap of my awning, but he has a memorable gouge in the side of his rig.  That’s not the way I wanted to start the day.  My heart was pounding, which the gentleman apologized for. 

Gainseboro TNOnce I recuperated from that little excitement, I spent the rest of the day packing my bag and getting the rig ready to leave it for almost a week.  With dropping Emma off at the kennel tomorrow, it will be a drive of just over 500 miles to Dyer, IN.  Don’t know if I’ll attempt it all in one day or not.  We’ll see how things go.  I’ll gain an extra hour by skipping back into the Central Time Zone, and tomorrow is the first day of summer.  That means the most amount of daylight we’ll see this year.  I’d like to avoid a motel if I can, but I’ll stop if I get tired.  Too bad Sam doesn’t live in southern Indiana.  Winking smile  He has offered numerous times to welcome weary travelers.

Well, it seems like I should take one more dip in the pool tonight before I make my picnic lunch for tomorrow’s trip.  I’ll talk to you next from near the great city of Chicago.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

27 comments:

  1. One of the bloggers I read, it's a single man I think, but I couldn't find the post, accidentally hit the edge of a building in an RV park with the end cap on his awning. Didn't see any damage to the awning, just to the corner of the building.

    Later when he was driving down the highway, his awning flew off. He heard it but didn't realize what it was until he stopped later and saw that he had no awning. Rather than going back and looking for it, he decided just to buy a new one - he doesn't use it, I guess. When he checked to see what a new one was going to cost, he was shocked. You might want to pull out your awning and make sure it's okay and secure. He was lucky he didn't hit anyone. (I don't mean to scare you, but his looked okay, too, and it sounds like it was hit in the same place.)

    Good luck, safe driving. :)

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  2. Safe travels Judy, don't overdo the driving.

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  3. Sheesh!...The above comment makes good sense, Judy..Maybe just pull it out tonight to make sure is goes smoothly..you don't need any "bumps" on the road other than the obvious...We don't get to Chicago often, but our son-in-law is from Glencoe and is a detective in Glenview..ALMOST Chicago...Have a wonderful trip and be safe!

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  4. Oh I am so sorry about your awning. I hope the man left his name and information in case you acctually do have further troubles.

    Your smoky mountain pictures are gorgeous. They show so well why it's called the Blue Ridge. We lived in the Virginia Blue Ridge for 30 years so those pictures remind me of home.

    Safe travels tomorrow.

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  5. Have a safe journey to Chi-town! Your pictures of the Smokies bring back fond memories.

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  6. So glad no one was hurt in his hurry to depart.
    Safe travels.

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  7. Love the Smokies! You've really captured them.

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  8. Judy, you can stay here.....just south of Indy and not far off I 65! Get in touch.....

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  9. Love the Smokies, great shots!! Safe travels, and have a wonderful time with your family.

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  10. Wow, he was really close to hit your awning. I hope everything really is okay. Have a safe trip.

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  11. Sure hope that awning is okay. How fun that Emma got to play a bit before having to go to that big bad terrible kennel. Drive safe and don't over do it.

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  12. Hope you can drive okay with all that smoke that gets in your eyes (sorry, couldn't resist).

    I hope there is no serious damage to your awning, good thing you were there to quickly retract it. You probably moved faster in your bare feet... ;c)

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  13. Sure hope your awning is okay and goes in and out in good form. What a way for the day to start. You have some really good pics of the Smokies!

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  14. Gees, Craig was at home today. He couldn't have run into to you!

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    1. He he....hope Craig doesnt' see this. :)

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  15. Quick thinking to retract that awning so fast. Safe travels to Chicago.

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  16. Oh my gosh -- what a scare! Definitely not a good way to start your day.

    How nice that Emma found a buddy to play with today!

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  17. What a scary awning experience! Hope there wasn't any hidden damage. Travel safely!

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  18. lol..Merikay's comment made me laugh!...have a good trip

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  19. The insurance adjuster in me says to get photo documentation of his and your damage and get his insurance information and his name and contact info. There could easily be hidden damage. Sorry about the mishap.

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  20. Yikes- glad you did not have any serious damage.

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  21. Naked toes in broad daylight, such a shocking lack of modesty ;)
    Safe travels, congratulations to the retiring Party Girl, and please...
    no more awning-squishing reports. We've already done one for this year!

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  22. You too! I can not stand flip flops. I wear real shoes and socks always! When I see people with flip lops in cold, cool or wet weather I wonder how they can stand cold feet. Not for me friend.

    Safe travels. And keep that awning closed while gone.

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  23. Safe travels and have a great time

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