02 September, 2008

New Wheels

Well we actually had a BUSY weekend for once. *gasp* I know, I know, try to contain your shock!

On Saturday we drove down to this place about four hours from here and bought a car from this old bachelor chap. We bought a Subaru Outback, a '97 so nothing new or anything. It stinks like dog inside so I told Mr. J. I won't drive it or ride in it until we get the upholstery cleaned which is hopefully happening this weekend. So we are a two-car family for the moment. We will sell old RubySu at some point though....because we still have to pay for this crazy pellet stove.

Sunday we went to church and then out for lunch, then to the walmarts for a grocery shopping trip and because we needed to avoid our house until after 2pm because it was being shown. It was also shown on Saturday morning and it is now so 'clean' and 'clutter-free' it's almost annoying but it means I have almost nothing to 'do' to it which I should appreciate. Mostly, the clutter is hidden in places...and then of course, I can't find anything. Sunday evening we went over to H&C's for a little Rock Band which was great. We also found out that while they're in NC on vacation for the next two weeks, C has a job interview which may mean they'll be moving sooner than we'll be and then we'll have no friends here to hang out with. So....we want him to get the job...but maybe he can start it sometime next year.....

On Monday, it being the holiday, we slept late-ish and made Southern Pancakes and eggs for breakfast. The LG LOVES pancakes! Then we got ready and went to the State Park closest to us. I'm kind of annoyed that we never realized what a little gem of a park it is, but it feels like we've never really had time to go anyway. The 'beach' has no sand and walls of black plastic all along it with three entrances; it's to keep the geese off the grass. After our completely HELL-like hike, however, who cares about a funny-looking beach - the water felt SO good on my feet! The hike though? Seriously horrid! It was 3/4 mile up to the South Peak and it was so freaking steep! Steep to the point where we were climbing rocks to get up there. The view was great, mind you, but good grief! I thought I was going to die! Mr. J. was carrying the LG in the carrier and I just had a regular backpack so I don't have half as much to complain about as he does except he hardly complained at all. Anyway, once at the top, Mr. J. didn't want to try going down that trail carrying the LG so we were going to walk between peaks (south and north) and then back down to the parking lot b/c the north peak trail was supposed to be less steep. Hah! The only difference was that it had a FEW less rocks. There was one part where we had to break off the trail and follow these pink tags on the trees because there was a huge ground-hornet nest in the middle of the trail. Anyway, we made it and the views were good and Mr. J. told me he was very proud of me and all that. It was our first 'real' hike in two years (sad, but true) so of course we picked the worst trail possible and whoever made those trails had no concept of making switchbacks so the trail would be easier and less steep. We rewarded ourselves with our foot-dip in the lake and later with ice cream (cause you know we had to replace all those calories we had just burned. ) Har!

So here are some pictures from our trip down to get our 'new' car, RubyTwo, and a couple from our hike. I'll have to add more later when the pics from Mr. J.'s camera get uploaded.

RubyTwo! And there's no doubt this time - she's RED.

The Little Goat with Dad at the Ocean.

The Ocean, as seen from the Coast of Maine.

The ever-elusive SmokeButt Fish hiding out in a tide pool.


Yes, that is the trail we 'walked' up.

But the view from the top was great!

Taking a break by the lake after our hike.


Jodie said...

WOW! You're not kidding when you say steep! Good grief! That's vertical! Y'all are some champs though, and you deserve every smidgen of ice cream you had.
Also, SmokeButt Fish?!! Whutt the?! I've read alot of Jacques Cousteau books and never saw such a creature. It looked a little bit like a Twinkie. That or I just fell from the Crazy Tree.
Anyway, I love a good hike. Although I would love it ALOT LESS carrying a child up a vertical slope. You made me laugh though. You tell a good story. :)

erin k said...

Nice wheels. Here's hoping the shampoo job works well.

That's a great shot of LG and her daddy.

Beth said...

Congrats on the new car! And LG is SOOOO cute :) How's she sleeping these days?

Shalee said...

Oh, hiking! I love hiking, even if when I'm completely out of shape. The views and the energizing feeling after a long walk... at least that's what I tell myself after finding myself panting after walking up the hill to get The Boy after school.

Anonymous said...

Oo, thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet and saying hi! From what I've gathered as I've peeked through some of your recent posts, are you Canadian? Hubby's Canadian (and I'm a wanna-be). :)

Kellan said...

That was some hike! My problem is the fear of having to come back down a steep slope - eeeek! Your daughter is so adorable! That last photo was precious!

Take care - see you soon - Kellan

Kellan said...

That was some hike! My problem is the fear of having to come back down a steep slope - eeeek! Your daughter is so adorable! That last photo was precious!

Take care - see you soon - Kellan

nomotherearth said...

Love the photo of dad and baby at the beach. My dad has a black and white photo of me and him when I was a baby and it is my favourite photo ever. I am always looking out for great photo ops like that.

Jenn said...

Good for you on the hike!! That is amazing!
Congrats on the "new" vehicle.