Three Kids and a Dog

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Beach House...Part 1

The Road Trip 

Since our kids aren't old enough to be on a real school schedule we get to enjoy taking vacations at odd times of the year. So instead of dealing with the crowds during Spring Break we take our vacations a little later in the Spring. We just got back from the "Beach House" (as Austen and Peyton) called it in Outer Banks, NC. Now this is the second time we made the trek to OBX (as it is affectionately called). In fact, the first time we went Austen was Peyton's age. We had a great time that year so we decided to try staying in Corolla this time...which is a little more off the beaten path compared to Kitty Hawk.

Our drive (since we bring Adler) was pretty uneventful at least the first three hours and until we drove over something in the road. We didn't know it until about 20 minutes later but it lodged a screw or a nail into our tire that caused it to start to deflate. Luckily, we were just entering a toll booth when we noticed that we had a flat tire. Tom quickly changed the tire to the spare (not a full size) while I entertained the kids and quickly tried to locate a tire shop that was open on a Friday night. This happened at about 6 p.m. so it was still light out for changing a tire but well past the 5 o'clock quitting time of most tire places. Anyway, thank God for smart phones. I located a recovery and towing place about 15 miles up ahead and we managed to drive about 55 mph on the spare to get to it. The bad news when we got there was that the tire was not patchable (something they could've easily done at the shop) so we had to drive to the local Walmart another 15 minutes away to buy a tire at this late hour. We gassed up the car, bought the kids some Happy Meals as well as the tire and headed back. Lucky for us the shop didn't have any recoveries to run out to so they were pretty quick in putting the new tire on the car.

Three hours later we were back in business but that delay meant we would have to drive well into the night to make our evening destination - Cumberland, MD. We planned to stop driving about midnight CDT but with the delay, we were now shooting for 3 a.m. CDT. This was going to be a long night. 

Here is Austen checking out the tire.


And, Peyton entertaining herself with the iPad.

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