Remembering Everything Happens for a Reason

Arighty, you guys might recognize the title and that’s because I added that little quote at the end of “Trying Something New”.

I wanted to share with you guys my belief in these five simple yet powerful words. I truly believe with all the fiber in 5′ 2″ body  that everything happens for a reason. No matter what you do there will be obstacles and of course you will have your triumphs. You can try all you want to make something as perfect as possible, but sometimes things just don’t turn out how you planed it. I know that happens for me quite a bit, I’m sure there are others out there that are in the same boat. I mean don’t get me wrong it might be frustrating sometimes but it’s still an awesome boat to be in! I say that because if you have the mindset that everything will be okay and you just have a positive outlook, everything will truly be okay.

The most recent thing that I would say wasn’t meant to be is when my lovely boyfriend and I took a trip up to the mountains to hike the Buck Lake trail. We originally planned to hike it during the summer but ya know it didn’t work out. So the opportunity came and we decided to go for it. The only thing we weren’t expecting was that the road, the further we drove up, was covered in snow. It wasn’t the soft fluffy welcoming snow either it was the daunting icy snow, and if you don’t know what it’s like driving on icy snow it can be a recipe for disaster. Especially if you don’t have the right vehicle. Apparently we didn’t, but we didn’t know that until it was almost to late..

We drove up nice and easy for the first couple of miles seeing a tiny bit of snow on the side. Still not knowing what was waiting for us just moments away. This road is quite narrow, wrapping around the mountain side, and in some areas only wide enough to fit a single car. Thankfully we didn’t run into anyone on their way down. We did see a small gray Toyota truck pulled off to the side but we didn’t think anything of it and just kept on chugging along. We then see a good amount of snow/ ice blanketing a pull out so we decided to stopped and check it out. The instant I stepped out there was this cool air that rushed to hug my body. I shivered then walked around the Jimmy to find myself almost slipping on the ice that covered the edge of the mountain. I take a deep refreshingly cold breathe in through my nose and then exhale. What a site… thick fog almost swallowing the mountains. Just able to see the peaks covered in snow and the trees closest to us. Just beautiful..

We instantly whipped  out our cameras and started snapping pictures. You could hear nothing but the clicks of our cameras. Soon after we were heading back up the mountain. More and more snow started to blanket the road. It was still unforeseen how much snow there was actually going to be. Everything seemed like it was going good until all of the sudden the Jimmy started to slide…Spencer tries to correct the car but we just slip closer and closer to the edge. Just inches away from tumbling down the mountain side he stopped the car and we sit for a second. We look at each other both knowing this is not a good situation to be in.

Fear dripped down my body as I opened the passenger door. There was sheer ice underneath all four tires. Spencer walked up the road just a couple feet more saying there’s probably no way we’ll make it. I stayed clear from the car as he tried to drive up and away from the edge. We lost another inch or so.. as deft and prepared as my love is he took a small army green shovel out from the back of the Jimmy and pierced the snow digging down to the dirt. Ah-Ha traction! It seemed like it would have helped, but no give. The right back wheel just kept spinning while spiting out the rocky dirt. I see frustration upon Spencer’s face but he kept a cool demeanor. He tried the 4 wheel drive but he soon found out that it didn’t work. He finally pulled out the chains knowing or hoping they would work. I’ve never had the opportunity to put chains on nor have I even seen them before, but they just seemed too loose. The frustration grew as the chains slipped off. What in the world were we going to do…

Just when we thought this couldn’t get any worse a white Ford truck came driving up. They stopped about 15 feet away from us so spencer walked down to talk with them for a minute. I stayed near the Jimmy just waiting for him to come back. He finally did and then I look over to see them backing up. Not to far from where we were there was a decent size pull out so I assumed that’s where they stopped. Then Spencer says to me, “I didn’t want to have to do this but we’re going to have to back out, that’s out last resort.” I took a deep breathe shaking my head. He hopped back in the car and I backed away. “Here we go I thought to myself,” saying a little payer. I helped guide him back away from the edge then a flood of relief poured over me. He backed up some so I ran to catch up and then slipped back into the car. Thank goodness we made it out of the situation, but I thought that’s where our adventure ended. We backed our way down to the pull out meeting with the other couple. Spencer goes to talk with him once more and tells me they were going to give it a try. We waited 10 minutes to give them time just incase they had to back down. Then back up the mountain we went.

We drove up to the spot we got stuck and held our breath.. we made it passed that time. Not too far ahead we saw the Ford pulled over so we pulled up next to them. They told us its too risky. There was ice covering the road. They said they were going to turn around and head back. So we stopped the Jimmy to check it out. The further we walked up the less of the road we could see. We then decided our trip to Buck Lake was cancelled but we could hike up to Bear Basin Butte fire lookout from where we were. We found a spot to park, leaving enough room for any brave soul to pass. We put our coats on then our packs and up we went!

We didn’t walk too far before we heard a big truck making it’s way up. We stopped and moved to the side waiting for the truck to pass, but then, with the lack of luck we were having, Spencer knew two of the people. They were heading to the top to find Christmas trees. What were the odds? So we hopped in the bed of the truck and continued our way up. We thanked them and from there we walked the rest of the way to the lookout. Our walk was close to a mile but the snow was about a foot deep so made it feel 2 times longer. Up and up we went. Till finally we got a glimpse of the lookout. Hurray! It was just so amazing seeing everything covered in snow. It surely seemed different compared to when we stayed there during the summer. When it was warm and you could see the plants and gravel. But it had it’s own beauty.

We first enjoyed our lunches on a bench that was completely buried in snow. We did clear it off before sitting, we weren’t up for soaked and cold butts. After we filled our bellies we went crazy taking pictures of everything we could. I wish I could have shared more photos with you guys but I am only able to add one photo. So sorry about that!

From there we made our way down after about 1-2 hours of capturing and enjoying the stunning nature that laid out in front of us. Back at the opening the friends of Spencer were still there dragging the trees to the truck just as soon as we were coming down. They had one dilemma, the rear right tires internal liner was protruding out a quarter size tear. As selfless as Spencer is he agreed to help them. So as they packed their trees we started walking down to the Jimmy. Maybe a half mile into our walk they passed us up. Soon after we made it back to the car. So we drove down to meet them at a spot where there was no snow and fairly flat. And so the tire changing began… As I stood observing Spencer and his friend change the tire I was being attacked by this ladies son that accompanied the couple. He was a character with endless energy. He would act like a dinosaur then just stop to stare straight up at me. As soon as I thought he was done picking on me he came up and spanked me then he would spank Spencer, and then back to me so I playfully spanked him back and his mom yelled out, “You gotta spank him harder!” He kept the mood light and energized.

2 hours later or at least it felt that way. It only grew colder as the sun disappeared. It was dark and intensely cold when they finished up. We all hurried to say our goodbyes and were on our way back down the mountain side.

Okay, so the moral of the story is that sometimes you have to go with the flow. For us we weren’t expecting that much snow or any snow at all and that’s where everything happens for a reason comes in. If we didn’t slip where we did we would have kept on driving, and who knows, we could have gotten in an even worse situation with how much ice there was further up. I’m thankful that we made it out of there and that we actually were able to enjoy our day despite everything that happened. 

There are many other situations I have been in thinking it just wasn’t meant to be. Or thank goodness that happened to prevent me from going there. Whatever it is, sometimes the best and only thing you can do is take a deep breathe, smile and say to yourself everything happens for a reason. Just think for one second about everything you have done in your past or things that have happened to you, all those series of events have lead you up to the point where you are now. Whether you are in a pickle at this exact moment or you feel you have everything figured out without your past trials, tribulations, victories, whatever you want to call them, you wouldn’t be this amazing person or amazing person in progress that you are today.

P.S. I read books quite a bit but I don’t credit myself on being a good writer. I just wanted to give you guys as much detail as I could so that way you could kind of feel how we felt or imagine where we were. I hope I was successful in that. I don’t know if stories will be my thing. But I enjoyed writing it and remembering exactly what happened. You guys are awesome and remember.. everything happens for a reason!(:

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