Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Slipping Down a Mountain


*After reading through some "Momfessional Moments" I realized I completely misunderstood the assignment. I thought "Momfessional" was a play on the word "professional" but looks like it is really "confessionals". Whoops. So I wrote a story about being a professional mommy to Shelby and keeping her safe. Hopefully you find it is a funny read!

This is the story about that time our car started sliding backwards down a mountain road. It was one of the scariest moments in my life. Here's a spoiler, everything turned out okay in the end. 

Last week Husband, Shelby Dog, and I headed to the Austrian Alps to spend two nights at a friend's cabin. The drive from Munich was around three hours and we left in the evening after Husband got off of work.

As the sun was quickly setting, we wound our car up the curving mountain roads. The higher our car got up the mountainside the narrower the lanes became. We didn't quite know where we were going but were looking for a specific dirt road, with a harsh turn back, and a steep incline.


Not finding hardly any street signs and with a fuzzy memory of the last visit, Husband saw a gravel road, hard turn back, and a steep incline and instantly turned the car onto the lane. Then the car really struggled to get up the steep incline. Dirt was flying behind, the tires were kicking, and Husband had the car set in high gear. 

When the drive up the road wasn't getting any easier and the car dangerously struggling the climb, Husband declared "This is the right way." So there we were, on a one lane gravel road, with a weak car, next to a steep edge with a dramatic enough drop down the mountainside below.

With nowhere to turn the car around, Husband put the car into reverse. Sensing his nervousness and trying to keep my inner panic under control I said,  "Ok, let's do this slowly and together." Using the review mirror and back window I helped Husband navigate down the lane. 

Then suddenly, the incline became too steep and the wheels took on a mind of their own. Even though Husband was steering the directions I told him, the wheels would not turn enough with the gaining pull of gravity and unstable rocky road. We were slipping down a mountainside. 

With the tires fighting Husband for steering power and the car quickly rolling, there was little to be done when the car was headed straight for the corner of a barn. Husband slammed the breaks and the car finally obeyed stopping a mere inch from the wooden walls. When he tried to gas the car in high gear to move the car away from the barn, the car only smoked with tires spinning. Quickly breaking again, whatever inch or two we made moving forward was denied when the car rolled back towards the corner of the barn.

After coming to another halt, Husband put on the emergency brake and got out of the car to seek help. I sat inside the car for a few seconds and then thought "Well, I'm not rolling down this mountain in a car." So I went to open the car door but was stopped by a chicken coop. I can not make this stuff up. I ended up having to climb over the driver's seat to get out of the car. 

Standing outside the car, I saw Shelby Dog in the backseat. I knew I couldn't let her stay inside because well... what if???? Shelby Dog climbed over the driver's seat and out. 

I stood with the dog on this deserted road wearing a bright sundress, flip flops, and freshly painted toes. Not exactly a normal sight halfway up a mountain deep into the Alps. 

Luckily, a few minutes later Husband's friends came to our rescue. They were able to help push and wedge the car away from the barn. That was scary in itself and I kept praying that the car would not run over anyone. It took a team effort slowly backing the car down the gravel lane and back to the main paved road. 

Miraculously, there was no damage to our car or the barn. I thought for sure, we would spend the next week helping a mountain farmer rebuild his barn. Instead, we got to spend a couple of days hiking, grilling, and introducing s'mores to the locals. 

A major "momfessional moment" for me that day was seeing Shelby Dog sitting concerned in the backseat. I knew I would never forgive myself if something happened to her and I didn't get her out of the car. She might be just a dog to some people, but to us Shelby Dog is a major part of our family. 


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Today's "Momfessional Moment" is part of the Show and Tell link up party hosted by Andrea! I am also linking up today with Tuesday Talks!
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18 comments:

  1. I didn't link up today, but when I saw the topic I totally didn't know if it meant confessional or professional either! :) What a scary story, though!!! So glad you guys (& that barn!) are ok!!

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    1. When I read the first three blogs I was thought "Uh oh..." haha! Too funny!

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  2. OMG!!!! how gorgeous is this view!! I love it :)
    Chelsea@thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com/

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    1. It was a great change from our normal city views!

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  3. Oh my gosh! I am glad you misunderstood because I really enjoyed reading this story. Super scary though! Glad it all turned out okay.

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    1. Yes, barn building is not my specialty. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. WOW, what an amazing story. I am so glad to read that everything turned out okay and everyone was safe. PS) your doggie is a cutie pie! :)

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    1. Thank you! She had an absolute blast running wild.

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  5. I never thought of it being a play on "professional", but I like your take on it! Your story isn't like anyone else's! And I'm so glad everything turned out ok. I can't imagine how scared you were! And pets are very much like children to their owners so I understand what you mean.

    And thanks for linking up with us for Tuesday Talk today too! -Jess
    Sweet Little Ones

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    1. Being a mom means you are a professional and you most likely have some confessions! I found some great new bloggers from Tuesday Talks. Thanks for a fun party!

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  6. I hadn't thought of it like professional before but that TOTALLY makes sense! also - so so so scary!!! I'm so glad that y'all were okay!!!

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    1. I always thought it meant you were a "professional" mom! Haha... the confessions today were hilarious though! Thanks for another fun link up party.

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  7. Dogs are totally part of the family! So glad Shelby dog is safe!

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    1. She had no clue we were so nervous and just wanted to run wild!

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  8. I totally though Momfessionals was mom and professionals as well! But I thought it was based on like, working moms. Haha. I read Mix and Match Mama's blog this morning and she said it was confessionals and my mind was BLOWN.

    That sounds like a scary experience! But I'm glad you guys and your fur baby (and the car and barn!) were okay!

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    1. It was pretty funny reading some of the confessionals of the moms. I think I collected some good ideas for later on! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I'm happy this all turned out ok! Hiking, grilling, and s'mores with the locals sounds like a good time. :)

    Thanks for linking up at Tuesday Talk!

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    1. It was a good time! Shelby got some great exercise running all over the land. Thank you for stopping by!

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Thank you so much for your comments! I enjoy reading each and every one.