Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Long Stretch

Noah and I took a trip down to New Mexico directly after graduating. It was an amazing trip filled with fun and food. We arrived in New Mexico late Friday and spent all day with the family who I don't see very often, but have a blast with every time I'm there. Saturday night Walt got married, which was of course the purpose of the visit and Noah and I packed up early to head to back to Utah for Easter dinner.

On the way back, right outside Monticello it started hailing pretty bad. What follows is a true account:

Becky: "Slow down Noah."

Noah lets off the gas, the car fishtails and Noah over-corrects. We begin to spin out of control.

Becky: "Turn the wheel in the direction of the tires."

Noah has no idea what direction we're headed but turns it all the way one way and hopes for the best. We spin around in a circle. The entire time Becky is saying, "It's ok, it's ok, it's ok, it's ok." When the car finally comes to a stop on the right side of the road we get out and look behind us:

Come to find out there was a girl several feet ahead who also ran into a ditch on the road. We're not sure when she ran off, but she had crossed traffic. I think that spin may have saved our lives. We were able to help the girl out of the ditch with the help of another couple and were on our way again.

I like to think of the whole experience as a tender mercy for both parties. She had two little kids in the back.

We arrived in Castle Dale ahead of schedule despite our mishap and feasted. Overall, I'd say it was a happy Easter Sunday.


Carolyn said...

Oh my goodness! I'm SO glad you are alive!

La Esposa said...

Glad you guys made it safe.

You know, everytime my car spun out in the snow I always remember thinking, "turn in the direction of the tires" I finally know where I got it from =)

merilee said...

Yikes! That is pretty scary...glad you are safe though. Its so fun to read about your family adventures. Love you!!

Megan said...

Crazy!!! I am glad you made it safe!! We want you to come back to NM so we can eat more cake and ICING together!! Love ya!