New Reliable Car

I have been blessed with so much in my life lately!  Even through the sad and hard times, there are blessings.

Last May, I was fortunate enough to have enough money to buy a new car. Today we returned from a road trip where we put in over 1200 miles on that car.  Thankfully it was a new!  Though the car we traded in had been a pretty good car and wasn’t terribly old, we still felt it was time to get something new and reliable.

Now mind you…. in all my life, I have NEVER driven a brand spanking new car off a car lot as my own.  (However, My Dad did spoil me while I was in high school and bought a new car for me to drive, but it wasn’t technically mine)  This car is mine!

You have to understand….. I married an auto mechanic.  He doesn’t believe in buying new cars.  He’s never felt it was worth it.  Most of the cars we have had in our married life have been used cars.  In most cases…. fairly well used.  But he’s always taken care of them.  The closest thing we got to a new car was the one just before this one.  It was a 2006 Chevy Impala that we bought late in 2006, but it was used.  27,000 miles to be exact.  That’s a lot of miles for a car less than a year old!  But it served us fairly well.  Though we did have a few problems that needed attention, including an intermittent starting problem that my husband couldn’t seem to find the problem to, it was never anything major.  Hence, when I got my inheritance money, we decided to use some of it to buy a reliable car.

Here's me in my new Chevy Equinox back in May
Here’s me in my new Chevy Equinox back in May

We’ve put a few miles on that new Chevy Equinox since May.  Mostly trips for softball tournaments!  (LOL) My husband and I were talking about that today as the mileage turned to 10,000.  I can’t believe it has that many miles already!  Makes me kind of sad.  But we sure have enjoyed the car.

I’m grateful I was in a position to be able to buy a new car.  My goal is to be able to do that every 5 years of so.  Because, even my husband has agreed that having a reliable car that even he doesn’t need to worry about is an OK thing.

I Am Grateful!  How Are You?

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The Grand View

My husband and I need to get in the position to do some major traveling….. sooner than later!

We are on our way to Phoenix for another week of softball!  We decided to take a different route than we did when we came down this way in August.  Thought it would be nice to see some different scenery.  And boy…. I’m glad we did!

Crossing the Grand Canyon.... just below Lee's Ferry

Since we were in St. George when we started the trip, we decided to come through Fredonia instead of up out of Page, AZ.  Taking the Fredonia route is actually a little bit shorter mileage wise but it takes a little longer because the road is windy and you are climbing a good portion of the time up to Jacob’s Lake.  But the route also takes you across the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon before it joins up with the regular Hwy 89 route.

The ride through the mountains to Jacob’s Lake was really lovely.  We were traveling with some friends who were pulling their RV and planned on stopping at Jacob’s Lake for the night.  We stopped with them for an hour or so and had some lunch and great conversation and then went on our way.

Out of Jacob’s Lake down into the valley is beautiful scenery!  The Vermillion Mountains are majestic and Red!  We took the opportunity to stop at the look out area when we crossed the bridge over the Grand Canyon.  What an amazing view!  Even more amazing was a sign there that said a group of pioneering people got several Ox to pull a wagon up that canyon!  Hard to believe!

The rest of the drive so far as been lovely too.  I was looking forward to passing through Flagstaff since I enjoyed it so much couple of month ago.  The rest of the trip will be made in the dark for now so we’ll have to enjoy this part of the scenery on the way home!

I really do enjoy traveling and seeing different parts of this beautiful country!  I’m so grateful when we get the chance to do it!

I am Grateful!  How are you?