Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Tale of Two Sisters & Their Wild Little Road Trip

Once upon a time...there were two sisters who headed out on a lovely May Saturday afternoon to attend the graduation party (above picture) of a dear friend who lived several hours away. It was more exciting than normal because their dear father had just the day before bought a car and they were very excited about this 2 1/2 hr trip the car would do at 45MPG, instead of what their truck got, 13MPG. #score It was also fun that they were getting to do the "maiden voyage" in the new car, a lovely red Toyota Prius.  

From the beginning, older sister (yours truly) was determined on three points: first, that they would leave ON TIME; second, that they would not get lost; and third, that the trip would not be stressful. Sounds easy, right? But you just don't know these sisters. They have taken many road trips together and EVERY SINGLE TIME, "catastrophe seems to lie in the way". (quoting Morgan Harris, from Anne of Avonlea =)) They either get lost...or blow a tire...or run into the sketchiest of men...or get lost again...or something bizarre like that. Literally every time. Older sister was determined once and for all to break the cycle and have a peaceful trip filled with nothing but uneventfulness, and the party at the end.

Things didn't go well from the very beginning, even before they left. Nobody could find the GPS anywhere. Finally it was discovered that the GPS was inside of the family van, which wasn't at home. Older sister had printed off the mapquest directions even though she greatly dislikes mapquest. (based on a previous trip several years ago in which mapquest directions had been wrong and GREATLY led her astray) So she had these directions all printed out, just in case, to have a backup plan in case something went wrong with the GPS. The problem was, she couldn't remember where she had put them. Both sisters searched frantically for about twenty minutes, and finally gave up. Younger sister went to print off directions again, only to discover that the printer was out of ink. By now time was running out-if they didn't leave in the next five minutes they would be late. Younger sister quickly jotted down a few of the main roads and turns and grabbed an Iowa map. Meanwhile one of brothers located an old and dusty GPS and gave that to younger sister. #momentofpeace 
But then younger sister plugged it in and realized that due to age or something, it was toast and didn't work at all. During all this time there was a missing shirt and a bad hair day involved for older sister, which wasn't helped by all the aforementioned issues. 
Finally, about half an hour later than planned, they were on the road. The first thing on the schedule was a phone call to brother (who at the time was living in Arkansas) because he had worked quite a few jobs in the area they were going to, and he would be able to give accurate directions. The sisters were finally able to relax and enjoy a nice conversation with him, as well as receive some helpful directions. 

The time flew by. They hadn't been to this particular part of the country very often and the scenery was gorgeous. Things seemed to be going quite well. (a sign that something bad was about to happen) The fuel gage showed almost empty, so they pulled in at Casey's. Older sister got out to fuel up. After swiping her card she removed the nozzle and went to open the cap on the car fuel tank. It seemed to be stuck so she tried to get her non-existent fingernails (#farmgirlprobs) around it to pry it open but budge it would not. It didn't help that there was this harley rider dude fueling up his motorcycle right behind her and she could tell he was taking the in the whole scene. Of course she needed to appear like she had the situation in control, so she tried to look as natural as is possible when one is peeling their fingernails trying to pry open the cap on their fuel tank.  She finally stuck her head in the car door and asked younger sister to please come help. Younger sister was getting a kick out of the fact that older sister couldn't even put gas in the car successfully...until she came and tried it herself and even though younger sister tried and tried SHE couldn't get it open either. The sisters looked at each other in disbelief. This was ridiculous-they couldn't even get FUEL without having problems. And then behind them they heard the booming voice of the harley rider guy(was that a chuckle lurking?) "Um, there's a little button to push inside the drivers door to pop that open". The sisters stood petrified for all of two seconds and then younger sister said "oh, thanks" and flew to the front to check for this button. Sure enough, there is was. #learnedsomethingnew #thankyouharleyriderdude #howAWKWARD
Older sister fueled up as fast as possible and then got in the car and shut the door so the harley rider guy  wouldn't hear the peals of laughter coming from inside that little red car. =)

Back on the road...once again, everything went quite well for a while. They had another turn and according to the few little map quest instructions that they had, they would be driving the current road for twelve miles before turning left. Older sister checked what mile the car was at and began to count accordingly. 

The sisters were listening to music as they drove along but older sister was getting frustrated that she couldn't get the cd player figured out. She kept wanting to skip along to her next favorite song instead of listening to every single song on the cd, and she couldn't figure out where the skip button was. The digital screen in the new car was a little much for her, tech-challenged as she was. She implored younger sis to figure it out. Younger sister tried for a while without success and tried to convince older sister that it wasn't a big deal. Older sister wasn't convinced, so she tried to figure it out and drive at the same time. #notbrilliant  
Finally...lo and behold, she got it figured out! #score 
Now she could happily skip along to all the best songs! 

But somehow, during that little cd-player-figuring-out-episode...they were now at mile fifteen, and entering a very dumpy little town. According to the directions, their turn should have been at mile twelve. Both sisters were puzzled. How did they miss it? They had been so carefully watching and reading every road name for the right one. Out came the trusty map. Younger sister carefully searched and found that the current dumpy town they were at was definitely past their turn. They must have passed it during that whole little three minute deal of trying to figure out the cd player!
They were already running very late and both sisters were quite frustrated at themselves for missing their turn. Back they headed, the way they had come...both keeping their eyes peeled for the correct road. Sure enough, about three miles back, there is was. 
Once again they were driving along, following their limited mapquest directions to a T, determined NOT to lose their way again. The very last part of the directions said "turn right and you have arrived". The only problem said to turn right at this VERY rustic-looking dirt road. (see above) Older sister knew something was wrong with this. It was so steep (the picture doesn't show very well but where the road ends in the picture it began a very steep decline) and as the sisters peered down they could see a deer ambling across in the mud. Far in the distance they could discern a farm off on the next hill. That was probably their destination, no doubt. Older sister knew that if she would've had the truck, she probably would've gone for it. But she had a new car, not a truck, and didn't have any idea if there was a creek at the bottom of this mud road or what was down there. And she wasn't about to add STUCK to her list of accomplishments for the day. Absolutely not.
 At this point younger sister voiced her opinion and said that she didn't care what older sister thought, but SHE was calling for help. Older sister was not in favor of this plan, but younger sister proceeded anyway and called a friend who had been to the graduation location before. He gave new directions and got the sisters going the correct way (which was totally different than what mapquest said, btw. #thumbsdownformapquest) and five minutes later they arrived at the party safe and sound. Oh, and late. 
It was the perfect evening for an outdoor celebration. The sisters had a lovely time reconnecting with old friends they hadn't seen for a while and meeting some new ones as well. Time flew by and finally around 9:30pm they said their goodbyes and headed home. Older sister had a little issue trying to figure out where the lights were on the car but finally she did find them and they were good to go.
Heading for home sweet home! Surely the way home would be less adventurous than the way there. The sisters took a few pictures to commemorate the occasion.
Their Iowa map had definitely seen its better days. In spite of it, younger sister did a marvelous job navigating and keeping older sister on the straight and narrow, with only a few minor "scenic routes". (as scenic as they can be at 10:30pm) And to be honest, the scenic routes were the fault of older sister, who sometimes veered from the directions of younger sister to follow her own routes.

Around 10:30pm older sister was beginning to feel a bit drowsy so younger sister suggested stopping for a Wendy's Frosty. (older sister was greatly excited-Frosty's were her favorite!) They pulled in a Wendy's right off the main road and went to the drive through to order. It appeared that the drive through order station was not working properly, so older sister pulled out of the drive through and into the regular parking lot so she could just run inside and order. But younger sister didn't think they should run inside-she said it would take too long and she thought that older sister should try the drive through again. Although she was rather embarrassed to keep driving in circles in the Wendy's parking lot, older sister went with younger sister's advice and headed back to the drive through. Finally-success this time! They were just preparing, Frosty in hand, to pull out back onto the road when a text came in on older sister's phone. Since she was driving, she gave the phone to younger sister to check the text. One second later younger sister gave a squeal and shouted "ooh, she's got a RING!" whereupon all thoughts of getting home were suspended and the car was stopped so both sisters could inspect the very beautiful engagement ring of their beloved cousin who had just texted them with the happy news that she was going to become a MRS!
They pulled back out onto the road and younger sister put the phone on speaker phone so they could call cousin to hear the details of when/where/how she got her lovely ring. And of course there was a good bit of time after they got off the phone, spent discussing all the coming wedding joy.

Finally they were in more familiar country and  younger sister was tired so she settled back and went to sleep. Older sister felt great (the Frosty and engagement news was invigorating!) so she turned the music loud and drove along at 60something MPH. Suddenly, very much without warning, a deer appeared in her headlights. She screamed, slammed on the breaks, and swerved, just barely nicking the deer. Younger sister of course woke up with the scream and sudden stop and both sisters sat there, stunned. At that exact moment they heard, over the speakers, this phrase in the song that was playing, "You have shown me mercy upon mercy, grace upon grace, time after time". (from the song "You Have Been Good")
They looked at each other and immediately began praising the Lord for His faithfulness in sparing their lives and keeping them safe! This was the first time for older sister to almost hit a deer so she was pretty shook up but thankful to be safe, and for the Lord's faithfulness in watching over them!

About 45minutes later they pulled into their driveway, safe and sound and exhausted...and with a few new memories to add to the "adventuresome road trip" pile. =)
When all is said and done, the sisters still say there is no one they'd rather road trip with than each other, even though the combination of older sister + younger sister ALWAYS seems to result in, well, trips like this one. =) Memories are made, lessons are learned, and in the end...well, it all turned out well anyway, in spite of all the drama and, ahem, "catastrophes", that occurred during this wild little road trip of the two sistas.

Maybe someday I shall write a book on the subject. =)


  1. Could it get worse than this!!!!??? LOL!!!!!!!!!!! Love it! Awesome ending to the whole story as well! (God protection from the deer). Lizzie

  2. Wow. I'm not sure if I am disappointed I've never road-tripped with you guys...or thankful?? Haha, jk. Sounds like it would be a party, no matter what! :)

  3. Oh. My. Word. Chels! Alli! Y'all are hysterically funny!!! I'm dying. Remind me never to take road trips with you... ;) How do these things happen?! If I didn't know you, I might not believe it. ;) So grateful you're both safe and sound. Jesus is good. And I'm still laughing. ;)
    Love y'all!

  4. Chelsy, you are great writer and this is quite hilarious! :) Glad you made it safely home.
    There really is nothing like seeing the Lord's protection so clearly, literally right in front of you!


  5. This story was so good. :D It seems like you always have so many fun adventures. So good to know God protected you from hitting the deer. Btw, you and Allison look so pretty[as always ;)] in all of the pictures.

  6. =D You crack me up Chelsy! It would be SO hilarious to go on a trip with you, because, I'm pretty sure we could break your record of getting into trouble! (without even trying.) =D

  7. You have such an engaging + entertaining way of words and stories. This was so interesting and amusing (minus the deer part)! I've done the whole try-to-pry-open-the-gas-tank-door-thing before too, and it's super awkward...although I didn't get a nifty Harley man to get me out of the quandary. :)

  8. Oh my, Chelsy, your writing about your crazy memorable road tripping adventures never ceases to amaze me. :) So grateful for the Lord's protection over you dear people and that you arrived home in one piece! Again - LOVE your writing. :)

  9. Such a funny story, praise the Lord you two made it home safe. My husband Jason got a kick out of the "Harleyriderdude".

  10. love this post, totally put a smile on my face- thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh my! Too funny!! So glad you all were safe and that it could be a memorable trip! :)

  12. :) :) by the way did u go to Jill duggars wedding?

    1. Nope, sadly...we were on tour. And our tour was scheduled back before she was even courting, sooo..yeah, we had to miss it. From the many accounts of our many friends who were there it was a beautiful wedding!

  13. LOL!! Great story! BTW, I am a HUGE fan of Anne of Green Gables and absolutely loved the quote you added. :) Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

  14. Fun story - made me laugh! So glad we're not the only ones who have days like this too! :)

  15. I'm roaring.... this is hilarious!

  16. Wow. Glad that's never happened to me. :) By the way, who's CD were you listening too? So glad y'all are safe and had a good time. Isn't it funny how some of the most stressful times in our lives turn out to be the one's that we look back on and laugh at years later? Stressful circumstances can sometimes make the best of memories. :)
    -AbbyJoyAllen :)

    1. We were listening to a cd by "The Adopted" group. They aren't professional or anything...just a group of four girls that produced a few cds quite a few years ago. I heard of them through a friend of mine because she had their cd playing in her car and it was beautiful. They sing primarily older worship songs, with simple piano and guitar accompaniments mostly. I love their music-its the type that you can tell they are totally worshipping in their hearts as they are singing.

  17. what a riot..road trips are always such an adventure. and you honestly just have to laugh them off or you'll stress yourself out to the max. love you guys, and LOVED reading this. :)

    oh, and y'all are some of my fav people to road trip with..GOOD TIMES!! :P

    1. bless your heart...the feeling is MUTUAL. =)
      we are due another road trip together, btw!

  18. Lol this is so like me n my sisters!! ;) cheers.


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