You never know what you will see out on the road.

My poor husband was sound asleep today when he was woken from a dead sleep by Me, his loving wife screaming “It’s a bear It’s a bear!!!!!” Now let me tell you how excited I was. I have never seen a bear while driving. I have seen deer, antelope, buffalo, birds, elk and every rodent known to man. I even saw two moose in Utah which is the other time I woke him in my excitement. He wasn’t very happy either time.  I’m sorry I am a city girl and really didn’t get the opportunity to see wildlife out my window. In Connecticut we did have deer and rabbits. When I do see wildlife I squeal and scream and totally forget that my husband is trying to sleep. Today I had a dash cam and can finally share my excitement with you. You can’t see it too clearly but you get the idea. I think the first car had a bit of a scare but was able to swerve and miss the little guy. The other thing I found funny was the way he was running, like a swerving drunk sailor loping across the freeway. This did happen in Montana but they had no signage about bear crossing. Only about deer. When I told Craig this he laughed at me. “Have you never seen a bear run? Thats the way they run.” Well how in the world would I know that. I’ve never seen a bear in the wild. Only at the zoo. It was a good day I must say. Especially since he made it across the freeway.

 

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TyInTheSky

On our way to Snohomish for our annual anniversary trip to the San Juan Islands. Our son Tyler decided to tag along in the upper bunk and spend the week in Seattle. He is a photographer and licensed FAA drone pilot. We stopped in Utah at Devils Slide so he could get some drone footage there.  I took a video of him shooting a video.  I will also put up his drone footage when he is done editing.  His website is https://www.tyinthesky.com and his Instagram is @ty.inthesky  You really should check out his amazing work. He has a degree in Cinema and Television Production.

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It Feels Good To Be A Snitch

Yesterday, we were on I-82 in Southern Washington on our way to Seattle and we watched this lady sideswipe a pickup as she came onto the freeway.  I watched her in my mirrors for a minute and she was obviously drunk and all over the road. I called the Washington State Patrol and over the next 15 minutes or so talked an officer into an intercept. This woman was so wasted it is a miracle she did not kill herself.  Most of the action was behind me but near the end she sped up and passed me so we got this.  This was about a minute before the trooper caught up to her.  

https://youtu.be/ZQSxI0A8ocA

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My husband is the biggest Baseball fan I know.

My husband is the biggest baseball fan I know. He loves everything about the game. He has a zillion stories that involve memories with Dave Niehaus. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought Dave was a family friend. Actually he was a part of the family. Every year during spring training Craig tells me “This is the year for the Mariners” It has been 7 years that I have heard this comment and every year I agree with him. One of these days it will happen. We go to as many games as we can. Last year we drove up to Cincinnati to watch them play. It happened to be Ken Griffey Jr bobblehead night. We saw them in Atlanta and every trip to Snohomish we try to get to a game.

Spring Training Peoria

When Ken Griffey Jr. retired Craig said he wanted to go to Cooperstown when he was inducted in the Hall of Fame. So I spent a very hot weekend in Cooperstown with my husband and part of his family last July. It was a fabulous weekend. We are going to see Edgar Martinez jersey retirement in August and when Edgar Martinez is inducted in the Hall of Fame we will be there too.

Leonard Men

So freaking hot, but worth it

Ready for the induction

The Kid

We are ready for the big day

I kinda love this girl

The reason I started this post was yesterday Nelson Cruz asked Yadier Molina to take a picture with his cell phone of himself and Umpire Joe West. (The only cell phone picture taken at the All Star Game.) It was such a cool thing to do. That these players have such a passion for the game of baseball. And at times still can act like kids. Craig got extremely emotional and I had to tease him. But he loves this game and loves these players. I love that, I love the Mariners and I love this man. GO MARINERS!!!!

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Scary, Scary Day

Well, my daughter Aleena had a very interesting day last week. She met a number of cute guys. The bad part being it was the flight crew of the Tennessee National Guard Blackhawk helicopter that flew her off the mountain after she fell 126 feet down a cliff. She was hospitalized in Knoxville with three broken ribs, cuts and bruises all over, lots of stitches and staples and a messed up shoulder. Kidneys were also bleeding but expected that to clear up on its own and it did. Anne and I were in Oregon when this happened.  Being 2500 miles away REALLY sucked. I would truly rather lose an arm than deal with something like this happening to one of my kids.

Other than Gods grace, there is no reason my little girl should be alive.  Two of the poeple who got to her first were both trauma nurses who happened to be at the lodge and I am so grateful for the care they provided.  LeConte Lodge, where Aleena is the cook, is high in the Smokey Mountains and the nearest road is 6 1/2 miles away and 3,000 feet down.

Although she is not named, she made the local news in Knoxville.  Here is the story.

Where Aleena fell

This is a picture of where she fell taken by a guest of the lodge the next morning.  We cannot believe she lived through this.

Anne and I had to make our delivery in Portland and we were already contracted to an expedited team load to Pennsylvania.  We debated cancelling the load and flying home but we could only get home one day earlier at best and we would be totally screwing the broker we had contracted with.  We decided to run the load since we could not get home before Aleena was out of the hospital anyway.  Our oldest son and his wife were there and also our youngest daughter Shelby along with Aleena’s mom.  It was decided that Aleena would go home with her mom to heal so they rented a car and drove her to South Florida.

Aleena is the toughest person I have ever met.  Seriously, I really mean this.  This is good and bad because every single day she pushes herself farther than she should.  She wanted us to take her to the Boca Raton mall yesterday so she could walk around and, as usual, she totally overdid it.  By the time we got her home she was a mess.  Please keep her in your prayers. After yesterday she is dehydrated and cannot keep anything down.  She still has major shoulder surgery in front of her next week.

Aleena, Scarlett and Shelby

I thank God for my kids who are loving her through this, for my wife who is helping ME through this, for my ex-wife and her husband who are with Aleena everyday and taking amazing care of her, to her co-workers and guests at the lodge who helped in her rescue and the Tennessee Air National Guard who got her off the mountain.   I am kind of a mess.

 

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Family and Friends. Love what we do.

We delivered a load up in Sacramento and decided to drive empty to LA to pick up a load. Love when things come together. We were able to make plans with Tyler for dinner and an extra perk was meeting up with the Mitchell clan.

Lupe came and picked us up and we went for Margarita’s until the rest of the gang met up with us. Decided to stay where we were for dinner. Lots of good food and tons of laughs. Went back to see Lupe and Steve’s new apartment in Studio City before Tyler drove us back to the truck. Seriously one of my favorite things about our job. The ability to see friends and family on spur of the moment occasions.

Rates of been really bad lately but this past week we have run like Rockstars. In the right place for the right load at the right price. Makes it so much nicer when you that happens. Hoping it continues for the next couple weeks until it is time for Spring Training in Phoenix. Go Mariners!!

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Hold still Zazu

Driving through the Columbia River Gorge and I am ecstatic. There are tons of baby birds. I mean tons of them. All different kinds. Then I notice a big bird swooping down. OH MY GOD it’s an eagle. I never get to see them and am super excited. Until I notice he is hunting the baby birds. Craig is laughing at me because I am so outraged. Circle of life I know but so sad. I saw 3 more eagles and they all were “eating” something. Still super cool but I am definitely a city girl LOL

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