I was driving home from Duncan this afternoon - my first day of really taking my new van anywhere - when I had a very, very close call. I was just puttering along, taking my time, no other vehicles in sight, when I happened to glance at the beautiful tall trees that line the road and noticed............a HUGE evergreen falling through the sky, heading for its resting place right across the road in front of my car.
Good thing the new van has good brakes, because if I'd hit them any harder my foot would have gone through the floorboards. The tree and the van stopped simultaneously, the nose of the van less than two feet from the trunk of the tree. Fortunately, the branches were sparse enough that other than a few needles in the front bumper there was no wood-meets-metal to report.
I didn't have my camera. I don't have a camera on my cell phone. So no pictures. And I discovered that I can't dial 9-1-1 from the cell - the screen just says "emergency number only; press * and # to cancel". Okay...I didn't cancel - I wanted to get hold of the police as it is a winding stretch of fairly frequently travelled road - but nothing happened. No phone ringing, no voice, just dead air. Time to phone Telus to find out why -the only reason I even carry a cell is for emergencies!
Thankfully, the next person to arrive was a volunteer firefighter who immediately called his firehall. Another guy arrived with a chainsaw, others started dragging broken boughs away, and in true community fashion we took care of all but the largest end of the trunk before any emergency crews had even arrived.
I'm used to keeping my eyes open for deer along that stretch of road - now I'll be watching for trees as well.
And that was my excitement for the day.