Many of you asked what happened to my parent’s camper, which I wrote about in my previous post, so I thought I would let you know rather than repeating the story in e-mails over and over again. The story itself isn’t nearly as dramatic as the photos though.
Basically, my parents were towing the camper. They were probably driving about 75 miles per hour, which was the speed limit on that section of highway (oh … to live in the West again). A big piece of wood fell off the car that was in front of them, and my dad instinctively swerved to avoid it — fearing that it might come in through the windshield. Well, you can’t really swerve at those speeds while towing a camper. The camper started to fishtail and basically spun out of control. Fortunately, it detached itself from the truck and started rolling and flipping down the highway — ending up in pieces in the grassy area between the highway.
My dad was able to keep his truck in control but basically shredded one of his tires in the process. My family was very lucky they did not flip their car and that no one else was involved. Debris was spread out all over the highway — and it is fortunate that it didn’t hit anyone else. Lots of people stopped to help, and the highway patrol was there to supervise clean-up very quickly.
All in all, it was an unfortunate accident but one that could have easily turned out to be much worse. As my brother said “It’s just things. The key is that no one got hurt.” My parents were able to salvage much of the stuff from the camper, but the camper itself was so completely shredded apart that a front loader had to pick up the pieces and dispose of it. Some more photos are below if you are interested.
And if nothing else, it reminded me that life can change in an instant. You just never know what might happen so be good to your loved ones, be happy and appreciate all the good things in life because you never know what might be around the corner.