Beware of the Swamp Lands

I was driving around a park in Toney, Alabama.  The park was built on top of swamp land, so the ground is soft.  Also, it has been raining the past few weeks, which made the area even worse.

I parked by the playground and Mom got out to smoke a cigarette.  We were chatting and I was playing on the swings.  After a few minutes, we decided to leave.  However, my Jeep was stuck.

I tried everything to get it out, but was not successful.  After 30 minutes, I called AAA and a tow truck arrived to help me.  However, the tow truck driver also got stuck.

He tried to free the Jeep, but to no avail.  Then he went to work on his truck.  The ground was so soft, that everything just sunk deeper into the dirt.  He even used concrete blocks, but the blocks just ended up being imbedded into the ground.  I was thinking, this is like trying to get out of quicksand.

The tow truck driver had to call for another tow truck, in order to get himself out of the mud.

Three hours later, we finally were able to leave that park.  We called Gwen to let her know we were on the way home and she volunteered to make spaghetti for dinner.  It was nice to have a warm meal after that ordeal.

The whole situation was historically funny and I will probably be laughing about this for the rest of the week.  There is also an important life lesson in all of this, “Beware of swamp lands.”

Off Roading with Mom

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I decided to go off roading this week and my mom was riding in the Jeep with me.  We went down an old dirt road that was full of large holes.

I was just about to compliment my mom for not getting nervous and for handling the situation so well.  However, at that moment we hit a large hole in the road and the Jeep tilted right a good bit.  My mom immediately cried out, “I think I’m going to have a heart attack!”

I started laughing and told her I was just about to say how good you were doing on this trip.  Oh well, maybe next time.

 

Teenager Driving My Jeep

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This is a picture of a teenager driving my Jeep.  What was I thinking?

When Gwen asked if she could drive my Jeep, I admit I had a few reservations.  She is only 18 years old, so she doesn’t have a lot of driving experience.  However, I decided to let her drive the Jeep to the store and I would ride along with her.

Before leaving the driveway, I gave her a few tips.  Obviously, the Jeep is much larger than her car.  I told her, it is going to feel weird and maybe a bit intimidating when you are driving it.

Also, the Jeep has an 8 cylinder 5.7 litter engine with a HEMI.  That’s a lot of power, so be careful not to hit the gas pedal to hard or we may end up in the ditch across the street.

After my short lecture, we were off to the store.  Gwen followed my advice and did an excellent job.  I think she was a bit nervous driving the Jeep, but I think she also enjoyed the experience.

 

Doggy Day Out

Cook’s Pest Control came today to spray the yard for fleas and ticks.  We don’t have any, but with five dogs it’s important to be proactive.  The dogs had to stay out of the yard for a couple of hours, so I decided to take them on a field trip.

First, we did the drive-thru at the bank.  I deposited my check, and the teller sent out five biscuits for the boys.  I called each boy by name and handed them their treat.  They all did an excellent job.  They waited calmly for their turn and didn’t try to take a treat from another dog.  The teller was very impressed and said, “Your dogs are awesome.”

Next, I took the boys into the woods.  They had a wonderful time running around and swimming.  Ben tried to catch some of the fish, but wasn’t successful.  It was fun watching him try and it made me laugh.

Finally, it was time to go home.  The boys had a great time and they are all exhausted.  I ended up spending the afternoon cleaning the Jeep, because it was covered in mud.

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