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Journal Entry: Sun Oct 28, 2012, 10:16 PM




The Tree (that got me stuck in the mud) by La-Vita-a-Bella

I am back from my weekend in the rain.  You didn't really think I would stay home and watch movies would you?  And disappoint all of you with no pictures?  Oh, the horror! Lol!

Sorry, this is kind of a long read....

On Saturday, I drove to Portland and went to the Japanese Garden to visit the oh-so-famous maple tree.  It was looking lovely, although it could probably use about 4 more days to really hit its peak.  While I was there, I ran into fellow dA-er :iconporbital: and his gang.  It was a pleasure to meet all of them.  We chatted briefly, but I knew they had limited time (as did I) so eventually we parted ways.  They did tell me about a nice spot to photograph about 30 miles north, so after I was done at the garden, I drove up there.  Then I went to IKEA (I love that store!!).  And then I headed on down to my hotel near Silver Falls State Park.  My hotel had a spa and pool (you can't beat that for a $53/night room!) so I enjoyed both before retiring to my room to download pictures and prepare for the next days shooting.

Since I didn't have far to drive, I was able to sleep until 6:30am….for once, no 3:30am wake up calls! Yay!!!   

Initially I had plans of doing the entire loop trail at the park, but I spent so much time photographing every little thing that caught my eye around South Falls that I decided to skip it.  I did the loop trail last year so I thought it would be nice to explore some other parts of the park.  I headed to the Old Maple Trail and hiked a short portion of it.  I love old growth forests.  The trees are so big.  Finally, I decided it was time to head home…I still had about a four-hour drive to get back.

Here comes the part about getting stuck in the mud:

While I was driving along the little highway away from the park, I saw this huge tree in the middle of a field and I thought, "Boy, that would probably look great in infrared!"  So, I found a spot to turn around and headed back to shoot it.  There was nowhere to pull out, and I tried to get a good shot while on the road, but some cars were coming up behind me so I started to drive away….and then I saw this little road that I could turn off on and I started to go down it.  It wasn't paved.  And it had been raining hard for a long time.  And it was pretty muddy.  But did that stop me?  Uh, nooooooooo.

When I got to the spot where I thought would be best for the shot, I stopped.  Bad idea.  Very muddy and wet there.  I tried to take my shot, but my camera started acting up and wouldn't let me shoot.  Um, did it get too wet earlier??  So, as a last ditch effort, I took one shot with my DSLR before attempting to move on.  Uhhhhh ohhhhhh…..I'm stuck.  I tried going forward and backward.  No luck.  Nothing on hand to put under the tires.  Bummer.  I could see a house on the other side of the highway and they had a truck….maybe they could help me out?  I walked over to their house, and then for some reason, I decided to turn back.  As soon as I got back on "my" side of the highway, I heard dogs behind me.  Oh crap!  Two big black labs were coming from the house! (please don't eat me!!).  Luckily they stopped at the property line!  Yay, I get to live!
So, I walked back through the mud to my car.  Dang, I guess I have to call AAA to come help me.  

*This is where it gets funny*

"Triple A customer service, how may I help you?"
"Um,  my car is stuck in the mud."
"Where are you located?"
"I'm on a road by mile marker 20 on highway 213 in Oregon."
"Your cell phone number is from Washington, please hold on while I transfer you to an Oregon representative. "
*On hold…..so I try to see if I can get myself unstuck again. No luck. Just getting myself and my car muddier. I put on my flashers in the hopes that maybe someone might see me down here and help me…or that AAA finds me easier.*
"Hi, this is Diane (made up name…can't remember her real name) and you say you're stuck in the mud on the highway?"
"No, I'm on a road that is parallel with the highway….well, it's kind of a road….but it's not paved.  I tried to go up and ask for help at a house nearby, but they had dogs that came after me so I went back to my car."
"The dogs chased you to your car???"
"No, they just came out from the house, but they stayed on their property."
"Well, I'm not sure if you're covered on an unofficial road under your policy so it might be an out-of-pocket cost…let me check with your Washington representative."
"Okay." (do I really have a choice?  I'm stuck!  Just send a truck, pleeeeeeeaaaaase!!!)
*back on hold again…..so I try to get unstuck again.  I'm not sure if it's possible for one person to get unstuck from the mud…it's too hard to push on the car and the gas at the same time! Lol! Time to sit in the car and contemplate why I drive down roads I shouldn't*
*While sitting in the car, I see this little Suzuki 4WD start to come down the road….(No, don't come down here little car….you'll get stuck, too!) He comes down anyway and pulls up near my car*
"Are you AAA?"
"No, I'm Josh."
"Hi, I'm Paula." (please don't be an ax murderer, Josh!)
"It looks like you're stuck in the mud!"
"Yeah, I was stupid and came down here to take a picture of that tree and…well, I'm still here. I'm on hold with AAA, but I could really use some help."
"Well, I have 4WD and a rope." (Yaaaay!)
*So, Josh digs his rope out and ties it to my car and his.  Meanwhile, AAA comes back on the phone*
So, the people you were trying to visit, do you have their number?"
"Huh??  I wasn't trying to visit anyone…I was just going to ask them for help.  I don't know them."
"And why did you drive down this…uh…..road?"
"Because I wanted to take a picture of a tree."
*Silence….and then put on hold again…..so I hang up because Josh now has my car out of the mud*
I tried to pay Josh for his help, but he wouldn't accept it.  Josh, if you are out there and reading this…you are an ANGEL!!!  Thank you so much for your help!
"Thank you again for all your help!  Please take the money!"
"No, that's okay.  But I didn't have a knife so when you get home, you will need to cut this rope off that I tied to your car."
*I reach in my pocket and pull out my pocket knife (who's the ax murderer, now? Lol!)*

Once on the road, I called back AAA to let them know I no longer needed help.
Of course, I only had the Washington number….
"Triple A customer service, how may I help you?"
"Hi, my name is Paula and I just called a little bit ago but I was transferred to the Oregon branch…"
"Oh, you're one who was stuck in the mud and surrounded by dogs??"
*slaps forehead and wonders how far the story about the dogs would've grown had I stayed on the line any longer*
"I wasn't surrounded by dogs…..um, nevermind….I just wanted to let you know that a guy stopped and helped me and I no longer need help."
"Oh, a passerby helped you out of the mud?"
"Yes."

Needless to say, I'm sorry I even mentioned the fact that I had tried to get help from a house nearby because that became the whole focus of the conversation.  It also made me wonder how long it would've taken them to actually send me someone who could help me.

All I know is that I'm thankful that there are still good people out there who are willing to stop, even in the downpour, to help a person who is in need.  

Once home, I see that I have multiple bruises where I tried to leverage myself against my car to push it out of the mud.  Oh, the things I get myself into!!!

Anyway, all in all, it was a good weekend.  Despite the rain.  Despite getting stuck in the mud.  Despite the bruises.  Despite my infrared camera acting up (do I need to buy a new one??).

New pictures to come.  :D

Also, thanks to whomever found my camera case (for my infrared camera) at the Japanese Garden and turned it in. And thank you to IKEA for selling umbrellas for $2.99.  

Drowned Rat by La-Vita-a-Bella




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Phostructor Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I don't know if anybody else runs into this, but when I try to read your journal the whole column smears over itself with each line repeating multiple times. Maybe my browser can't handle your style sheet?
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Eyore2702 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I've just read your story. I am still smiling, just what I needed to lighten up my work day. I am getting stuck in the mud once a month as my partner is a huge 4x4 and offroad fan. But mud should be good for your skin :giggle: Tried it myself when I fell into a huge mud puddle with my camera in my hand, imagine me lying in the mud with one arm strechted out, holding up the camera. But its nice that are people in this world who are helpful. Was in a similar situation when my clutch cable broke, north of London and no AA membership. A man who was walking his dog came along and I asked him for help, he invited me home, called the AA and I got taken home (southwest of London), all on his membership. His wife even made me sandwiches, a juice and crisps for the way home. I was gobsmacked. Try Marabou chocolate when you go to IKEA the next time. It is yuuuummmi. Regards from the UK :wave:
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MyLifeInFocus Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sounds like a lot of fun actually haha! Have yet to see your photos but I'm sure they're great! The story of being on the phone was great, 'stuck in the mud surrounded by dogs' :lmao:
Glad you got out safe, awesome of Josh to help you out :D Hope you figure out your camera soon =P
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   Photographer
Thanks! The shot of the tree turned out nice. Josh is an absolute angel! My camera turned out to be fine so no need to replace until I'm ready to upgrade. :D
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MyLifeInFocus Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure thing haha, and glad you got out without having to deal with AAA :D And that's good, glad to hear that haha
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   Photographer
:hug:
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Millsy1 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Bit of a tip, if you think you'll ever go off pavement again, bring your own tow rope, and some 'pads' to get you out the mud. Generally the ones that work for snow will work for mud as well.

[link] something like this!

Also, I keep a set of tire chains in my car at all times. They can also work in the mud :D (fyi, keeping gloves in there as well will make things much less of a hassle)
It's just a few things that really make a difference.


If you -really- want to get fancy, [link] a "come along" will be able to pull you out of almost anything if there is a tree or another car around! (but this is just getting silly, I don't keep one of these in my car)
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   Photographer
FYI, I bought [link] Not as expensive as the one that you linked me to, but will probably work for mud and snow. I also bought a shovel (mostly for snow). And I think I'm gonna get a tow strap as well. I think have chains in the garage I need to dig out. :)
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Millsy1 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Right on. Being prepared is a good thing! And careful of course.

I've been watching "Highway thru hell" on discovery Canada, and it's making me want to be even more careful than normal in the mountains!
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012   Photographer
Yeah, tv loves to scare people. Before my hike to the Great Steps Waterfall (in Banff), I read about how you had to hike in groups of four or more and that you should carry bear spray. Some guy told us he'd just seen 8 or 9 bears on the hike. So, we hooked up with a group of 9 others and both carried bear spray. Not one bear. On the way home I joked that if one cow even looked "mad" I was gonna spray it! lol!
But I'm glad I have more things to help me in case the need ever arises. :nod:
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Photographer
Thanks. I think I might order me some of those mats and the come along isn't such a terrible idea....it probably wouldn't have helped this last time (no trees around) but it could help in other situations. A tow strap would also be a good idea. :hug:
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Daxserv Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
What a fab weekend, nothing like an adventure, you could expand the above precise into a full novel, axe murders, phantom dogs, deserted houses, giant mud worms, LOL could even start casting... hmmm just sign here I look after the film rights
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Photographer
lol! Yeah, it could turn into a great B-rated movie, eh? :laughing:
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Daxserv Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
might scape a c, see one big prob, how you gonna :juggle: shoot film and STAR :star:
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Photographer
I will have to cast a younger and prettier female to play the part of me. :giggle:
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Daxserv Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
So who do you think should play the part of you? while your shooting
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012   Photographer
Angelina Jolie :rofl:
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Daxserv Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
you sure she has got the looks? :#1: surely we need someone a little younger and prettier!
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Photographer
Oh, I think she's got the looks alright! :omg:
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh. Now I want to go there!
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Photographer
lol! What, you want to go get stuck in the mud?? :rofl:
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AndySerrano Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That might be fun!
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Photographer
:rofl:
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porbital Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   Photographer
I'm glad to meet you too. My first dA friend that I meet in a real life :D
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Photographer
:highfive:
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
An exciting adventure never the less !!! :clap: :clap;
Glad you made it back home. :XD:
Cindy
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   Photographer
Thanks so much, Cindy! I'm glad it all turned out okay and that I just had a funny story to tell! :giggle: :hug:
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome, well I was chuckling reading it, and I have had Triple A pull the same thing, LOL
Cindy
:heart: :rose:
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   Photographer
I've only had to use them a few of times...this was the first time I'd gotten the run around with them. I was laughing so hard at how much the dog portion of the story was evolving as time went on! :laughing:
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Speck2 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle:
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
What a day that was! I'm glad everything turned out ok. It's a good thing I did show up, all I have is a chain saw! Not a Knife! LOL!! :-D
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   Photographer
Yeah, it was my little adventure for the day. Oh, so you're the Chainsaw Massacre? :fear: Hmmm...I think I'm going to have to start carrying heavier artillery! lol!
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Oh! Oh! Now I have to by a Kevlar vest!
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Photographer
:icontatataplz:
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heyfever99 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
:-D
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You should have shrieked something about zombies....:D
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   Photographer
That would've been hilarious! Zombies seem to be the thing nowadays so I could've said that the house with the dogs was inhabited by zombies that were trying to eat my brains...but they found I didn't have any and went to look for anew victim! :rofl:
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:giggle: It just sounds like a great time, even without the starving zombies :rofl:
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Photographer
:giggle:
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Katjakay Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
"Because I wanted to take a picture of a tree" is a perfectly valid reason for going down strange muddy roads, and they should have accepted that no more questions asked.
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   Photographer
I was surprised she even asked "why"....I don't pay for them to question my judgement, just to get me out of the situations. But yes, I agree...."because I wanted to take a picture of a tree" is a perfectly valid reason for doing all kinds of stupid stuff! lol! :laughing:
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Kiara-Vestigium Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
woho sounds like you really had an adventure! I'm so glad that someone as nice as Josh stopped by to help you.
And yes, IKEA is awesome! I didn't know you had those in the US as well!
Look at the whole experience that way: The AAA people had a curious story lighting up their day and you'll be able to laugh about the pouring rain and being stuck in the mud in a few weeks. Well except if your camera is broken, which would be bad. But I really hope it'll be working again soon.

You know what that would be great idea for a project: Re-tell a funny story you heard and the next person has to re-tell it without peaking. I'd love to see what comes out after the 5th time the story is retold ^^
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   Photographer
I am very grateful for nice people like Josh. He saved the day! :w00t:
IKEA is sooooo mesmerizing with all their showrooms. And the food...yum! We only have them in big cities so I don't get to go very often.
I was laughing about the whole story as soon as I got off the phone the last time with AAA. The camera seems to be okay...I might have to get a new memory card. But I was wanting to upgrade my infrared camera in the spring anyway, so it's not a big deal. :D
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Kiara-Vestigium Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed he did :)
It is, it is. Though I don't like the warm meals that much. But their soft ice cream is the best!

:D
Glad to hear that. Sounds like it was just acting up then.
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Photographer
I haven't tried their ice cream. I usually just have the meatballs meal. This last time I had the salmon, but it's not that great IMO but I live in the Pacific Northwest where fresh salmon is available and I love it cooked on the bbq on a cedar plank. :hungry:
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Kiara-Vestigium Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I guess nothing can compete with THAT kind of salmon. It sounds delicious! (And you are hearing that from one who doesn't even like fish ^^)
I never had the meat balls before, only the salad and the noodles. And of course the ice cream ;) The milkshakes are yummy as well.
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Photographer
When I was a kid, my dad didn't like fish so I (of course) didn't like fish. My mom didn't make it because it stunk up the house. So, the only fish I'd ever had was fish sticks...which are breaded and don't really taste much like fish. When I was in my late 20's, I read that salmon is really good for you (Omega-3 fatty acids) so I decided that I would make myself like fish. I didn't know much about cooking fish back then, so my first attempts weren't the greatest. But I stuck with it and now I love salmon. I've also learned to cook it much better.
I don't think our IKEA's have noodles or milkshakes....they must serve different foods in different areas, eh?
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Kiara-Vestigium Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Seems like you kicked yourself there. I know that fish is really healthy but somehow it hasn't convinced me to like the taste or the smell of it more. My mum loves fish (though she only eats it when we are at a restaurant near a coast where she knows that the fish is fresh) and my dad hates fish. So I guess it really depends upon whether you are used to it or not - or if you make yourself like fish. And I am really impressed that you were as brave as to cook fish yourself although you didn't like it back then.

I guess it must be that way.
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La-Vita-a-Bella Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012   Photographer
I remember when I was first trying to like fish, I would put a small amount on my plate and it was all I could do not to gag when I took a bite. Now, thanks to better preparation and perseverance, I actually say "Yummmmm" when I'm eating my salmon. :love:
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BlueIvyViolet Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow Paula sounds like you had an adventure!! lol

glad everything worked out for you and that the dogs didnt eat you!! :rofl:
cant wait to see your pics.:D:D
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