We worked hard to load up the car with skis, snow gear, chains, movies and snacks. We gave our yummy Christmas left overs to our neighbors, cleaned up a bit from the Christmas festivities and off we went. Unfortunately, just outside of Colfax our car would not shift, started blowing out a ton of smoke from every nook and cranny and we lost all power as we coasted to the top of the exit. So basically our trip to Utah turned into our trip to Colfax! A real bummer, but it actually could have been a lot worse. We feel super lucky it broke down so close to home and that it wasn't too cold outside. As we waited for the tow truck our sweet neighbors drove the 50 minutes to come and pick those of us up who wouldn't fit in the tow truck!
Gracie was a little miffed when she figured out the trip was over and that we were not getting towed to Utah. The last two days she keeps asking me, "Mommy, can you please make sure next Christmas our car doesn't break." or "Mommy when are we going on our trip." I must admit there were a few tears shed, but we do realize it isn't so bad and we feel lucky we have a car to fix.
So now we are just waiting for the mechanic to open up on Monday and find our little gem in his driveway waiting to be fixed. We really hope that it isn't a new problem, but hopefully a transmission that was not fixed correctly the first time. If isn't the transmission, I might need a cup of sugar to help choke down that bad news. I was told at the Wong's on Christmas eve that it is the year of the Rat! Since both Mark and I are Rat's, hopefully it will mean a year of good luck for us (or at least our cars!)