Tuesday, August 07, 2007

An Ocean of Keys...

On Friday we all (Tim, Matt, Andrea, Erin, & myself) decided to spend the day at the coast. After a trip to Starbucks (of course!) we headed out. We arrived in Lincoln City & hit the outlet mall. Andrea found some cute red shoes & some clothes for Ethan but the rest of us decided to hold onto our wallets & didn't find anything exciting. We headed up the road to look at the ocean. We stopped at a lookout point & took some photos (see below) and saw some whales. The whales were close to the shore about 5 miles down the road so we decided to head into Depoe Bay for a closer look. That's when it all began to go awry.


Erin & pesky me

Girl photo

We are smiling now...

Upon our arrival in Depoe Bay we piled out of the car to go find our whales. Matt was driving & had the keys in his hands. He stepped out of the car and tripped over the sidewalk - catapulting him toward the sea wall where a drop of 40 feet & the ocean awaited. Thankfully for Matt he caught himself & his camera on the wall, unfortunately for my keys they went flying - hitting the rocks below, then sliding their way to the bottom of the sea - never to be seen again. Matt was quick to act calling the Newport Ford dealership to find out about getting a new key made. It was 4:02 when he placed the call & wouldn't you know the dealership closed at 4:00 on that day. Who closes at 4:00 on a Friday!?! The initial shock wore off about an hour later, as we were still sitting along side the road on hold with AAA. After 40 minutes on hold they were able to get through & we were told that a tow truck would come in about 2 hours. We spent our time going to a few shops, getting some ice cream, waiting in the car for the tow truck & trying to figure out what the new plan should be. Of course, this was the only set of keys to the car I had so getting another set from home wasn't an option (it is now though!). Wouldn't you know that Depoe Bay does not have a tow truck or rental car company so that wasn't an option. The lovely girl at a rental car dealership in Newport (which shall remain nameless) was rude to Andrea & very unhelpful about renting a car. She was out the door at 6:00 sharp she informed Andrea & had no way of coming to pick us up....even though they advertise that they will. Interesting...

My father-in-law was in town so we called him & he came to rescue us. After a very nice dinner we headed back to Salem, 7 hours later. Matt & Tim went back the next morning to retrieve said car from Newport where they had towed it & got 2 new keys made. Needless to say, I'm thrilled to have my car back with a back-up key & new key fob...just in case.

What an experience! Stay tuned for a reenactment video & more photos...
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1 comment:

Andrea said...

Look at those cute girls ... those pictures are so fun ... and I'm glad to say that minus the drive home, we still had smiles on our faces the rest of the day! Good, good memories!