Leavenworth. We had a great time and I have lots of pictures and stories, but the true fun happened at the end of the trip so I'll start there.Early Sunday morning, our 3 oldest children went river rafting. We joined our friends from the Baker's Dozen for lunch and then loaded up our van with our 7 children and Enoch and Kalina ( we took two of the baker's dozen crew so that they could remove a seat from their van to fit more gear). Off we went over the mountain, just Rod and I and 9 children for a total of eleven people, yes this is important, eleven people. We also had a utility trailer with our gear and a bit of the Baker's Dozen gear.
AAA card, so I pulled it out and handed it to Rod while he was on the phone trying to reach Chuck from the Baker's Dozen (cell service is spotty on the mountain) to let him know that 2 of his children were stranded at the top of the mountain. Then Rod hung up and called AAA only to find out that we hadn't updated our credit card after Rod's card demagnetized and we had replaced it, so our membership renewal hadn't gone through. Thankfully they were happy to take our new card number and renew us while we were already broken down!
WA State Patrol to ask for advice.
Small Wonders (also camping with us) and turned back up the mountain to pick up their children and our trailer. This left us with nine people. Rod's parents had just bought a new mini van so he headed our direction able to pick up most of us (just from 3 hours away). A couple more calls got Rod's best friend Derek and his wife Bernie on the way in Rod's Mom's car (one of Derek's cars was in the shop and his daughter had the other one). But we still had the fact that the tow truck couldn't wait for them to all get there, but couldn't leave us on the mountain either.
We had the van towed to Mr. Dizzy Automotive Repair. They got it fixed in one day! At several hundred dollars less than Les Schwab's quote, and even threw in a free oil change! Rod is on his way home with the van right now. It seems that one of the brake pads slipped and one of the calipers got stuck and warped the rotor or something like that (I don't speak auto repair obviously). He said it wasn't anything that we could have prevented (we didn't have the brakes checked before this trip because they had just been checked 6 months ago). Just one of those things that happen, especially to us.
The kids and I spent some of our waiting time playing "The Glad Game".
I'm glad it's not December
I'm glad the rain stopped
I'm glad Grandpa just bought a new van that seats eight comfortably
I'm glad Mrs Baker's Dozen ate the bug, not me
I'm glad Mom always over packs so we didn't freeze, starve, or run out of toilet paper
I'm glad we have friends who will drive 6 hours round trip to rescue us the night before they leave for vacation
I'm glad that the only casualty was the bug Mrs Baker's Dozen (inadvertently) ate
I'm glad Owen hadn't already started the Ketogenic Diet
Anyway, maybe tomorrow I'll tell you about the rest of our nice relaxing trip!