Rachel just got a new mini-van yesterday, and I know our visit made up her mind on getting one. She owned a Toyota Highlander, which could be turned into 3 rows of seats that become pretty impossible to navigate the interior when the 2nd row was car seats. This is the story of a rainy day, a stop at Toy’s R us and that nail in the coffin for the Highlander.
The kids were loaded into their respective car seats in the 2nd row. Anna (the new baby) was already asleep, and Jackson fell asleep once we started driving. Bill is driving, I’m in the passenger seat (1st row), and Rachel is with Mark in the 3rd row. This is the first time Rachel has sat in the hard to reach 3rd row, the one that we all ROTFL watching Bill get settled in the night before.
We were on our way to the Cape Fear Serpentarium in downtown Wilmington.
It started raining real hard and as we got near our side-stop, Toy’s R Us, and Bill saw that the Highlander was almost out of gas. He quickly dropped off Rachel, me, and Mark to run inside, while he went to fill up on gas. The kids still sound asleep in their car seats.
We hadn’t been inside for long, looking at mobiles, and Bill called. Apparently Rachel had the keys to the SUV. The Highlander has something called a "Smart Key System", that uses sensors to automatically unlock the doors and start the vehicle key-less-ly. The key system just needs to be near it then you can open the doors and push-button start the vehicle. It also allows you to drive away from the key-thingy without any warning until you turn off the vehicle, like at a gas station. Then you can’t start it back up.
And the gas station he went to was several miles from where Bill dropped us off, since he figured he had plenty of time with Rachel in a store.
We went out and stood under the little awning since it’s still raining hard, while Rachel called AAA, who located and sent a cab over to get us. As the 3 of us got in, Rachel up front, I heard Rachel tell the driver we were going to one of the gas stations by Hoggard High, but she wasn’t sure which one, so it could be either side of the street. We were his story of the day.
Luckily the kids slept through it all, we got back on he road to the Serpentarium as the rain stopped and had a great time there and having lunch on the river.
Pictures of the Serpentarium are still to come, along with ones from Rachel’s house. Mark had misplaced his camera, but it has been located in North Carolina, and will be home soon. Here are a few more cell phone photos until then