It was smokey in the morning. You can hardly see the mountains in the distance.
We had planned on a long day. We left early and went to Fort Nelson. Again the kids were super travellers. Not that excited about Fort Nelson we stopped at Subway for lunch, and decided that the kids were being so good that we would keep going to Liard and have time to go to the hot springs before bed.
We were making good time and the view was nice. Xavier took about 200 of the same picture for me.
Here is one version.
Here is another.
We had just passed a sign saying that Liard was 200 or so kilometres away ( I can't remember), going downhill in a no passing zone when we went over a bump, then a big BUMP and a BANG, SCRAPE! Rob pulled over very fast. The trailer had come off the hitch. Mom said it looked scary but really the chains worked and it was all so fast that I didn't worry.
There was the trailer, on the ground, no ball on the hitch and we are in the middle of nowhere. I started walking down the way we had just come to find parts because we weren't going anywhere without a hitch. I managed to find the front of the battery cover and a bolt. A particularly useless bolt, as it was stripped and flattened but our bolt.
In that time mom had gotten the other kids out of the vans and away from the vehicles. They had found wild strawberries. Delicious. "Staberry, mmm," says Evander.
A highway worker, Gordon Grove, stopped to help. He had a very useful jack and everything was going swimmingly. Rob had a ball and they were getting things put back together. Suddenly Patience started crying because Evander had dropped a big rock on her foot and Evander was crying because Patience was crying so I went there to calm everyone. (Her foot is fine). Niles was helping look for strawberries because Evander needed staberries. I looked down for a second for a strawberry and then I saw Niles slipping down the side of the slope. I was holding
"Niles! Niles! GRAB A TREE! A TREE!"
I heard jumping a running and Rob was at the slope side and Gordon had jumped down the slope to Niles. Dad had a piece of tie down and was sending it down the side. Niles got up the side again and so did his sandals no worse for wear. He is a bit more cautious about edges now. Rob didn't like that situation at all and refuses to wear his sandals at all now because when"Niles fell down the side I was wearing these shoes and I couldn't move fast enough,".
We hooked everything up again and got ready to go. Rob still needed a part but was sure it would hold until we got somewhere.
Somewhere was Toad River. Not that things fell apart but we stopped to check and get gas because it was there. I also got ice cream because ice cream makes things better. It was terrible ice cream but it was the only ice cream around. There were also many hats and photo ops.
From there we kept going on to Liard. We saw some animals,
(Rob yells, "Camera! Camera!")
But we finally made it to Liard. Being on vacation we had forgotten that it was Friday and had not planned ahead for camping so the provincial parks all had campsite full signs. There was a private RV park and lodge so we stopped in there to see if they had spots.Sometimes just having a spot is worth much money.
We took their spots and made supper around 8:30. Evander got tired with Dad and Rob after supper so they decided to clean up and put the small to bed. The rest of us wanted to go swimming at the hot springs so off we went.
The park is really nice. It has a play ground before the hot springs so the kids had a quick play before we went in. It is about a kilometre walk into the hot springs on the boardwalk. After swimming a bit we went back to bed. It might have been 11:30. Patience can't even tell.