That is the best way to describe it!
The Beast saved our lives!
We went back and forth Thursday night to go or not go
I had a photo shoot for Bozeman on Saturday
Billings was finally getting first snow
We checked road reports
called local friends
we checked webcams even for areas that had one
Bozeman pass clear roads dry
It was slick from Billings to Columbus
swapped let Carl drive as he is better trained
for such situations
Made Big Timber met with customer there
parking lot was slick and getting into parking spot nearly
hit a car but luckily didn’t
again questioned do we continue or turn around
decided to continue on it would probably clear up soon
Yeah not so much
7 miles outside of Livingston we hit what could be
called the “perfect storm” someone was telling us
2 storm fronts colliding with winds from
2 differing directions, ice and though we were only going
50mph we started sliding on the ice.
Carl did his best and did all the right things for the situation
to prevent a spin out
but in the end before we really knew what hit us
our truck was on its side off the road.
Before I go any further I will say no other vehicles were involved
we were all wearing our seatbelts and some of us just have
some bruising we are all ok just shaken up a bit.
Today is 6 months since we found out about the cancer
Tuesday was his last radiation treatment
the only thing thru our minds was are you flippin serious??
We have driven in worse than this storm produced
The guy behind us saw us sliding and started slowing down
traffic he was in a box truck
He along with others stopped to help
called MHP got them out there by the time I was finally able to
get out of the truck.
I remember sliding, Carl cussing, vaguely remember hitting
and yelling for the kids to remain calm
I remember Inger frantically saying she can’t
unbuckle her seatbelt
remember a sigh of relief that I saw her get out the back window
next Kelda was out though I don’t recall her getting out
her dog Zander tugged at her hoodie on her jacket
Not sure if he was trying to get her out
or if she blacked out for a moment
as she doesn’t remember anything but holding
him tight to keep him from getting
all excited and trying to remain calm
so that he would be calm
and then I think Carl as I don’t remember
him ever getting out
only person in the truck with me left was Benjamin
as then the next thing I remember was him screaming he was stuck
My heart sank fearing the worse
turned out he couldn’t unbuckle his seatbelt
Turns out our back window latch busted on inpact
and Paige our wonderful dog nudged the window
open and drug Inger out
then went near the highway barking like maybe she
was flagging for help?? But people I guess were already
stopping to help and see that we were okay.
This in turn gave Kelda and her dog room to move
and get off Benjamin as he was behind driver seat
we landed on driver side down
Finally Benjamin was out!
I was the only one left inside upside down
couldn’t reach my buckle but even if I could have
and pressed the button I would have fallen and
gotten hurt further. A couple guys were helping as was
Carl to get me out safely as possible.. they helped hold me while
I braced my foot against dash so when Carl
released my buckle I didn’t fall
Carl took control of the situation the wrecker driver
in him took over it was like this switch flipped on
and for the first time in 10yrs he has done this
line of work I got to see what he did first hand
he has never had to help his own family so I am sure
it was nerve wracking on him.
Behind us was awesome people that stopped.
A gentleman driving a box delivery truck helped
slow traffic he and bring our stuff to town and another gentleman on his
way to Plains MT gave us rides to our destination.
I can’t say thank you enough to these people!!!
the one that had the girls even got them lunch while he made his
last delivery and then offered us his cabin
however being w/o a vehicle and the distance
from town it is we didn’t feel right going to have to rely on them or someone
to take us in and out as needed. We are grateful that the offer
is there should it still be needed.
Luckily with Carls knowledge he turned
the engine off immediately and we have a cut
off switch to the fuel and he got that
turned off so hoping we avoid any serious
damage. Carl thinks the engine could
new tail light needed
Until a few minutes ago it wouldn’t start
We have desperately been searching for a small car
then thanks to a wonderful friend
outside of the moment thought about repriming
the diesel THAT was it!! THANK YOU Lane/DJ ♥ you!
The outpour of friends
1 who called in his AAA for a tow
another that paid for her session next month early
and brought it to the hotel
another our mechanic who came not once
but twice and maybe will be a 3rd time
to try and get our truck started
brought us a battery charger and then said it was ours to keep!
one that came by to offer to take me to the grocery
store so I could grab some food!
You don’t realize how many friends
you may have until a time of need arises and then
it really makes you sit back and say wow
Thank you is not enough but for now it is
what I have!!
The perfect storm brewed up the perfect
situation for those friends to come
out when we needed them.
It was a reminder that when life
may dish out lemons sometimes it also provides the sugar.
needs new door
Had I paid attention to the messenger animals sent to us just the day prior
we never would have made this trip but thinking back
to the animals that crossed our paths
I know they were there to say we know what
the choice is going to be but you will be taken care of
So now hopefully tomorrow we will find out if the truck
can safely make it back to Billings or if we are still
on the search for a car.
I know everything will work out as it should
I don’t know why this happened yet
but I am sure we will be shown the light
in the near future! Thanks to all that
have helped it has been appreciated greatly