Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Unexpected Smoky Adventure

The other day, Dad was going to drive to Jefferson City to pick up a couple more rabbits from a breeder. He asked if I would like to ride along which was met with a 'yes!' It would be nice to get out and enjoy a drive, plus to spend some time with my Dad. Those times are always special!

Our drive there was pleasant despite the heavily overcast skies and constant rain/drizzle. After getting there, Dad talked with the guy for a bit, got the rabbits from him, and we headed home. Only about thirty seconds later, I noticed something not good . . . white/gray smoke wafting from the dash vents! I told Dad "There's smoke coming out of the vents . . . .", and the words were no sooner out of my mouth when the smoke began pouring out, quickly filling the cab.

Thankfully, the highway had a wide shoulder right where we were, and Dad was able to see well enough through the smoke to quickly pull over and get the truck turned off. As soon as we were stopped, we got out, checked under the hood, and there was no smoke there thankfully. Back in the truck, though, there was some smoke coming out of the vents for another five minutes or so. We were both so thankful for the Lord's protection and that the truck hadn't gotten to the point of starting on fire!

Next to do was to call Mom and Leah so they could come pick us up. Meanwhile, Dad called AAA, and a tow truck was soon on its way.

 In the truck, waiting for the tow truck to arrive

Dad crying because his truck went up in smoke ; ) : ) . . . needless to say, and as the picture attests, we had quite a bit of fun together while we waited! :) (And the picture was taken after the air cleared.)

 After taking the above photo of Dad, he grabbed my phone and took this one of me :)

Our patient traveling companions

Before long, here came the tow truck! The driver was a really nice man, and we enjoyed visiting with him while he got our truck loaded up.

Being winched on

Ready to make the drive to the mechanic

Dad teased that if the tow truck left before Mom and Leah arrived, we would look like hitchhikers standing on the side of the road with our rabbits. :) The tow truck driver was so kind as to offer to stay until they got there, and shortly after the truck was loaded up, Mom and Leah arrived.

Their comment once we got in the car was something along the lines of "you stink!" I guess we smelled a little smoky. :) We turned our unexpected evening adventure into a fun time or all of us, talking, laughing, teasing, and then stopping at Chick-fil-a to get some dinner since it was well past suppertime.

Now our truck is in the shop and hopefully it will be fixed soon and all ready to head to the farmers market on Saturday. Not to mention, so we can also start the process of cleaning the inside to try to get rid of the strong smoke smell!


  1. Thank the Lord you both are alright. That sounds like it was a scary time. Hope it's nothing major wrong with the truck. ♡

    1. Thank you, Anne! Thankfully nothing was majorly wrong . . . a mouse had just decided to build a nest up in the blower which caused the problem, and since we got the truck turned off so fast, no damage was done (besides the nest burning up. :) Now to get rid of the smoke smell!

      Hope you are well and enjoying this lovely spring!

  2. Hello Sarah,

    It's been a while since I've visited your blog and I have enjoyed my time catching up. Thank you for sharing photos of your trip to the ARK. It is a place I'd like to visit someday. Thanks for also sharing the lovely everyday routine times that you've enjoyed with your family. Your sweet spirit shines through your writing and sharing and always brings a smile to my heart.

    1. I am glad you enjoyed catching up and seeing the photos and posts, Mrs. B! You're welcome for sharing everything. :) I am sure you would like the ARK. There is so much to see and learn there, and it is quite the experience visiting!

      Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. Likewise, your comments always brighten my day, too. :) I hope you and your family are doing well and that spring is starting to arrive up in Montana!


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