Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My little devil

I feel like Evil Kenevil.  Driving gloves in place and a silly grin after the danger has passed.  Sunday was our, my mother in law and my, voyage back from the depths of the south from the wonderful weekend of celebrating my semi-newly added sister's bridal shower and what not.  The drive is long no matter when you take it, by the end of the drive you get out looking akin to Igor.  

This particular run we started in the car in the warm weather of 65 degrees by the time we hit Charlotte, NC it was around 33 degrees and snowing.  For the last 3 hours of the trip I drove through pretty heavy falling snow.  Fortunately for Emily and me, my mother was raised in Lake Tahoe, CA and was determined that all her children learn to drive in snow, no matter where they would live.  So snow doesn't generally phase me, you just take the necessary precautions.

Driving down the interstate hands firmly placed on the wheel, no turn in site, no changing of lanes, no bump in the road but still I feel the tires spin out.  All my mother's training comes into action as a small scream is exhaled by Emily watching as the rear end of our car becomes diagonal with the road.  I wrench the wheel to counter and the car swings back and out the other direction.  Emily eyes have become large taking in the sight, I try not to cave to my desire to see if the cars behind us will smash into our side as I wrench the wheel once again trying to regain control of the wild spinning wheels.  After what seemed like slow motion the car finally comes to a stop perfectly parallel parked on the paved shoulder, not a scratch on the car and we sat safe, only piercing adrenaline and shaking hands to show for our adventure.  We turn towards each other each trying to understand all what happened before we start to laugh and I slowly re-merge into traffic as Emily turns to me and says, "I guess we just had a bonding moment".  

There are not many times that you can make two spinning 90 degree turns on an interstate and not end up with a scratch.  God is so good.  Thank you mom for taking the time to teach your kids how to steer out of a skid.

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After

Pulled up the light and highlight, adjusted the white balance, added a tiny bit of glowing affect and pulled up the warmth a bit.







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20 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Rachel. I am so glad you are ok. What a frightening thing to have happened!

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    1. To be honest it is the best adrenaline rush I've had in a long time

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  2. Glad you are ok. It is so scary to spin out like that.

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    1. Too true, about 3 seconds after it was done my right hand started to shake... it is weird how it affects you after

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  3. Oh my goodness!!! That is crazy-scary! Your editi is beautiful. Thank you for linking up at Sweet Violet.

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  4. Hi!
    Glad everything turned out ok. Driving in snow is a tricky thing. I live in Indiana so we usually have snow, but this year it's been pretty mild. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Food for Thought
    http://100sweets.blogspot.com/2012/02/sitting-in.html

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    1. Yea, in NC we don't get it often so the roads aren't prepped well and no one knows how to drive in it

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  5. My goodness, I am so glad that you are okay Rachel!

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    1. Oh my goodness!! So glad to hear the you are safe and ok... How very scary!

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    2. You and me both! It was weird how it all happened in slow motion

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  6. wow that is a lot of snow!!! perfect edit though, I like the warmth you added!

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    1. Thanks! Sadly the snow melted before noon came around... so sad, for I love snow

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  7. Sounds like you had an interesting trip... driving in falling snow can by a bit mesmerizing at times...glad you were safe!

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    1. It is by the end of the drive I had renamed my mother in law's car "Millenium Falcon" because I felt like we were doing warp speeds through space!

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  8. I'm afraid to drive in snow, being from California. When I went to school in Utah, I had no experience at all. One day, I slammed on my brakes going down a steep incline when it was snowing. My car and I twirled around and around all the way to the bottom of the very long hill, where we smashed into the curb. Scary.

    And I have never liked driving in snow, ever since!

    =)

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    1. That's completely legit. I mean it isn't the best thing in the world if you don't know how... lots of damage and pain can happen. Sorry to hear about your twirling!

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  9. Can't wait to hear how the rest of the trip went!

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  10. Oh wow, so glad you ladies are alright and that your Mom taught you how to handle that situation! Phew!

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