Monday, July 11, 2011

"Good times, bad times, you know I've seen my share" -Led Zeppelin

Good times and bad ones this weekend.

My wife and I spent some time Saturday up in the Uinta Mountains, about an hour and a half from Salt Lake.
It was still early spring/late winter in the higher elevations, and quite a bit of snow there. The Bear River and the Provo were both raging fairly well due to the high runoff at this time. It was a pretty good day, all in all.

Picture 1: alpine flowers starting to bloom.
Picture 2: Mirror Lake
Picture 3: the trail around the lake (some of the drifts were 3 feet deep)
Picture 4: upper falls of the Provo River


Now for the bad times.
We were driving out to my mom's place to visit her, and never made it out there.
As we were heading out of the valley, along the Great Salt Lake, we ran into a downpour of rain. I slowed down considerably, since the road can be slippery (the speed limit is 75mph, I was doing 50mph). Up ahead I could see people slowing down and stopping (there were a couple of accidents up there), so I let off the gas, and tapped my brakes to slow down as I was approaching them. Nothing happened; I had hit a sheet of water and lost all traction. My my brakes had no effect, and I was unable to steer, so I just sailed into the back of a small car.
The other driver was unhurt, I was uninjured, but my wife (being much smaller than me) was bruised across the sternum and waist when the seat belt kept her from going into the dash and windshield.
Some days you wish you had stayed in bed.


A mixed bag in this bunch of music

"It's Only Make Believe" by Conway Twitty
"Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon
"If I Were a Carpenter" by Bobby Darin
"Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine" by Country Joe and the Fish
"My Back Pages" by The Byrds
"You Ain't Going Nowhere" by Bob Dylan
"The Warrior" by Patty Smyth
"Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar
"Waltzing Matilda" by Slim Dusty
"Wanted Man" by George Thorogood


DirtCrashr said...

I've had that no-brakes thing hit once and the pucker was nuclear. Glad you're ok out of all that, and your wife especially.

Borepatch said...

Glad everyone walked away from it. I had to skeedadle back from a business trip once because the Missus caught a hydroplane that took her straight into the telephone pole.

I hope your Missus is feeling better soon and you get up to see your Mom.

BobG said...

DirtCrashr: I've had it happen on ice, but never to this degree with water.

Borepatch: luckily I wasn't going that fast; our airbags didn't even deploy.
My wife is bruised and sore, but it could have been worse.

DirtCrashr said...

From the pictures it looks like another cold summer - as we are having here.

Chris said...

"Werewolves of London" is one of my most favorite songs.

Sorry about your crash. The slo-mo wait for it to happen types are a form of cosmic torture.

terri said...

So sorry about the accident! I'm glad no one was seriously hurt and hope that Sandy's bruises healed quickly!