How’s that for a blog post title? I promise: they’re all connected.
Yesterday, Motor Man and I made a trip to the Outer Banks. Normally, our drives to that area include riding along the beach, windows down, listening to oldies, looking for horses. Well, there was that time the alternator on our Tahoe stopped working. And the time we got stuck in the sand. But those troublesome times are, thankfully, few and far between.
On our trip yesterday, we saw 23 horses, including the third foal born this season (that we know of, so far). Meet Valor, first seen around Memorial Day.
When Valor was first discovered by the Corolla Wild Horse Folks, they thought SHE was a HE. But a couple of weeks later, on closer inspection, they learned that Valor is a sweet little filly.
I’m happy to have seen (and have photos of) all the foals born this season. It’s so exciting to see the little ones.
After spotting Valor, Motor Man and I continued along with our windows down, listening to our oldies, when suddenly, an alarm on the dash sounded. And not just a simple “ding”….this was a constant “DING, DING, DING, DING”. Motor Man looked to see the hand on the temperature gauge “pegged” (as far as it would go).
Houston, we have a problem…. and we’re in an off-road area, nearly five miles from a hard surface road.
Checking under the hood, we discovered that the fitting for the heater hose had broken off. That’s the hole in the picture below. And we had water coming out EVERYWHERE.
In our world, there’s a saying: “If it moves, and it shouldn’t, use duct tape. If it doesn’t move, and it should, use WD-40”. Thankfully, we had a roll of duct tape among our supplies. And plenty of water to refill the reservoirs.
The tape held until we could get to the nearest hardware store to buy zip ties. (How did we ever live without ’em?)
Everything seemed fine until we were probably about 3/4 of the way home. When we were stopped at a red light, we noticed steam coming from under the hood. Again.
Then it was a quick stop at an auto parts store for a piece of hose, two hose clamps and a freezer plug.
McGyver Motor Man once again saved the day by bypassing where the heater hose was supposed to be.
All in all, it wasn’t a bad experience. We weren’t stranded for very long, we had a nice breeze while Motor Man worked under the hood, and we had water and the right tools in our vehicle to do the job.
So now that you know about the newest foal and the breakdown, here’s the news about the donation. You may recall that my blogging friend, Beth Ann, author of “It’s Just Life“, selects a cause each month, and for each comment left on her blog, donates 50-cents to that cause. Last month, she chose the Corolla Wild Horse Fund as her cause. She’s tallied up the numbers, and she and her husband, Chris, will be donating $250 to the CWHF! You may also recall that my sweet Motor Man suggested that he and I match Beth Ann and Chris’s donation, so we will also be mailing a check for $250 to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. And we’re happy to do so.
Thanks again, Beth Ann, and to all of you who visited her blog to help support “my” horses.
(And this concludes today’s very busy post.)
~These Days Of Mine~