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A short drive with the wife and kids

Discussion in 'Road Trips' started by Flexin, Jul 28, 2014.

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  1. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Yesterday we decided to take the kids to the playground and have a picnic. I took the top off the Jeep the day before and it was still off. They called for rain at about 8 pm and it was just around 2 pm so we should be good right? Wrong. We stopped quick at Costco to grab something for the picnic. Before my wife came out I noticed it was starting to sprinkle. It looked good in the direction we were going so we went for it.

    We get to our destination and it is beautiful. The kids start playing and we wait to get a picnic table. The family that was at it got up and was about to leave. One of the fathers asked me a question and we talked for a few minutes. They leave and we sit down to start getting the food ready. Next thing you know I feel a drop or two hit my head. I looked at my wife and within seconds the sky opened up. We grabbed the camera and the food and ran to the Jeep.

    In the Jeep we had a blanket just in case the kids were cold on the drive home. We took the blanket and put it over the Jeep and started driving for the nearest mall to escape the rain in the parking garage. You can see the wet blanket hanging off the roll bar by my son.

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    Here is what we were hiding from. It was raining even harder at one point. It was raining about this hard when we were driving down the road with a blanket over the top of the Jeep.

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    Well we had are picnic in the parking garage and I kept checking on the rain. If it stopped for a second we were taking off down the road. Well after a 30-45 minutes I decided I wasn't going to wait any longer. The kids were only going to enjoy it for so long in the parking garage.

    So I decided to run across the street in the rain to buy a tarp and rope at Target. We needed one anyone for an upcoming camping trip. I tied the tarp down and away we went. It flapped really bad at 50 kms/h. At 30 kms/h is when the flapping started. We had to make a stop on the way home and I put more rope over the tarp so it couldn't move as much. I was much better at 50 kms/h. Of course at this point it wasn't raining where we were.

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    It will take more then a rain storm to stop us.
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    It was a little adventure. Because the day was cut short we went home, put on the hard top and had movie night. As long as I'm with my family, the day is good.

    James
     
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    James sounds like you had one heck of a adventure. ;) I don't think I would have been brave enough to drive the Jeep with out the top on it if it was supposed to rain lol. But the tarp was a great idea, did it keep the wife and kids dry on the way home?

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    What a fun adventure, Flexin ! Sometimes, even though those kinds of experiences are not much fun when we are gling through them, they make for wonderful family stories for many years after.

    We still tell the story of Robin(my daughter) and the Potato Salad. She had been out riding her horse, while I was home making chicken and potato salad for a family picnic. When she came home, I carried the big bowl of potato salad out to show her (Robin LOVES potato salad !), and as she leaned out of her saddle and took the bowl from me, the saddle (which had a loose cinch from her running Copper down the road), slid slowly down the side of the horse, Robin, salad and all.
    None of us even tried to help Robin, we all grabbed for the potato salad !

    Of course, we still tease her about that to this day. I am sure that the "picnic in the rain" will become one of those favorite family stories for your family now...
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    They were not calling for rain till later that night so we should have been good. LOL. The weather man is never wrong. :roflmao:

    Thanks the tarp worked well and kept us dry. The blanket did really well for us as well. That was quick thinking on my part. I'm glad we took the big blanket and not a small one. Half way home it stopped raining. :confused: Not sure if it stopped were we were hiding out though. My wife laughs about it.

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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Yes it will be a great memory. We all laughed about it. My wife told people at work and said that we all stayed cool. My daughter was saying that it was the worst day ever. She was half joking. I told her that it wasn't a bad day at all because I had my family with me.

    Mom always said, "Don't sweat the small stuff."

    That salad story was good. Everyone going for the bowl reminds me of the time my sister tripped in my kitchen. She tried to save herself which turned into her running toward me. I was leaning against the counter. I was ready to catch her and as it was all going on in slow motion, I thought, she is coming in fast. I figured we bought could get hurt. So I took one step to the right. She put her hands out and was able to stop herself. She said, "YOU DIDN"T TRY TO SAVE ME!!!" I said you were coming in fast. It was you or me. I had to think fast. LOL.

    James
     
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    Ha ha thanks for taking pictures during that and posting'm on here. I would have been in the moment and the last thing on my mind would be creating a forum post lol. That looked like fun, totally agree with the family part.
     
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    I know exactly what you experienced because I have been caught in heavy rain with nowhere to shelter. The only thing was, you were in your jeep so you got it bumped up James. Hope you didn't have any major damages because of the water.
     
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    No damage. We found shelter quick enough and the blanket kept a lot of water out. Saved us big time.

    James
     
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