Life, Travel

Life is good

Last week, JK and I returned from the best vacation we’ve ever been on – two carefree weeks on St. John, a beautiful, laid-back island in the Caribbean. White sand beaches, turquoise water, and fantastic snorkeling. It was perfect, like a second honeymoon.

Best vacation ever

What could possibly make a vacation like that even better? Well, the fact that it began just a few days after our car was totaled in a hit-and-run.

A bad end to a good day

We were driving onto I-5 when the other car slammed into us from behind from the left lane, causing us to spin around and slide sideways and eventually hit a concrete divider on the passenger side.

It was the single most terrifying thing that has happened in my life. I was looking down at my phone when it happened (JK was driving, obviously), so my brain didn’t really have time to comprehend what was going on. The initial hit sounded like someone fired a gun inside our car, and when I looked up, I didn’t understand that we were actually sliding sideways – I thought we were about to drive straight off the road.

Luckily our wonderful Forester kept us safe, and the cops caught the other driver farther up the road where he had crashed again.

Trunk Bay

So yes, it was unspeakably wonderful to escape real life for a bit, to let go of all stress and worry, and enjoy our good fortune – we’re really, really lucky.

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10 Comments

  • Reply cory February 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

    OMG! Glad you guys are okay – and that you could chill out in de islands afterwards.

  • Reply Lisa February 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I’m glad you are ok! That’s terrifying!

  • Reply ewb February 11, 2013 at 11:23 am

    JK’s mad TJ Hooker driving skillz for the win! Glad you’re still with us. So what was up with the other dude – drunk, insulin shock, road rage? Bet s/he didn’t get to enjoy a glorious post-crash trip to St. John – excellent!

  • Reply Ingunn February 11, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Thanks guys!

    We assume the guy was drunk. The cops said he had a couple of warrants out on him already.

    It was interesting going from the accident to driving on St. John – left side (but in a “normal” car), roller-coaster roads, hairpin turns, donkey traffic jams…

  • Reply Kelsie February 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I’m so happy that you guys are okay. I’m also very happy that you had such a wonderful vacation. St. John looks beautiful, I might need to do some research…

  • Reply Rockermorsan February 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    That vacation looks awesome. Sorry about the car. Glad to hear you’re ok. That must’ve been so scary!

  • Reply Laura February 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Oh my gosh! I’m so glad to hear you’re alright, and glad you had a lovely trip to recover from the trauma.

  • Reply ARC February 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    ooh, that first photo is so amazing. I am pining for sun and warmth right now. Glad you guys are ok, and that they caught the other guy.

  • Reply iris February 16, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Oh man, that’s awful! I hope the vacation was able to erase some of that leftover post-crash anxiety.

  • Reply Christina February 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I’m glad you were ok!! That’s crazy!!

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