Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Maple Hill Hop 73

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop.
This is a hop for folks who love the outdoors.
Feel free to post about anything that's going on
in your neck of the woods,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
*Please link back to Maple Hill 101.*

Remember Ginger?

We'd had a picture of a green Element on our vision board for quite some time.
She's the dream car we bought about 9 months ago.
She has been everything I thought she'd be
and I can't imagine having a better driving experience.

Big K sold his shortbed pickup truck.
He was ready for something new
and we wanted something with good gas mileage
that would fit our family's needs.
He'd been looking at cars and SUV's for about a month,
scouting the best deal so that we could pay cash and still get what we needed. 
He was getting frustrated with the lack of choices.
Last weekend, we took a road trip to Englewood,
a beach town 2 1/2 hours from our location.

It's a different way of life there.
So laid back, so serene.
What a perfect day for a boat ride,
or a road trip to find something special.

Here's our latest addition.
Yup, it's the same model, different year.
Big K was hesitant to buy another Element,
only because it seemed silly to have two of the same vehicle.
But, it works for our family.
This car was in such good shape,
(especially compared to some of them we looked at),
that we just had to bring it home.

The folks we bought it from were so kind.
Big K had been the first person to call about it.
They knew it would take us a while to get there,
and they refused to show it to any other interested parties
until we got there.  
There was even someone looking at it in the driveway
when we arrived.
But as soon as Big K saw it, he knew.
He just knew.

After completing the deal,
we still had a long trek back home so we stopped for subs.
Overall, it was a wonderful family memory.

Ginger and Kale seem very happy together.
Sometimes things just work out better than we planned.

What's going on where you are?
HOP to it!


  1. Ha--love it.
    When you find the "perfect" vehicle, you gotta do a repeat.
    Hubby and I have had a Ford Sport Trac since they first came out.
    We've had a 2001, 2003, and THREE 2005's.
    Of course, the 2005 is the best of them--they had all the "bugs" worked out. We gave the second 2005 to my son when it hit 250, 000 miles. We figured he could get a few more miles out of it, but we didn't trust it for long trips. Well, he has 400,000 miles on his.
    We got this latest one 2 years ago with 17,000 miles on it (brand new, when you think about it) and it just rolled over 100,000. It's just a baby yet-LOL!
    We know we can't buy any more 2005's of it though . It's starting to get to the point, no matter how low the miles, at 10 years stuff starts to dry out, etc. I'm sure gonna miss my Sport Trac though...............................

    1. I hope you can replace whatever you need to so that you can keep your Sport Trac. That's unbelievable mileage on your son's vehicle!

  2. Thanks for hosting! My first time joining you all!

    1. Welcome! Thank you so much for joining us!

  3. I understand having two of the same car. We're hooked on the 4 runner and have two of them. When you find something that works you just stick with it. Thanks for the party! -Carole

    1. I guess you're right about that. ;0D Thanks for stopping by the Hop!

  4. Ginger and Kale--that's just too darn cute.
    I agree, when you find something you love, why would you buy something else?

  5. I just learned about your blog hop today and added it to my directory: http://astudentgardener.blogspot.ca/p/blog-parties-links.html

    Thanks for hosting I am sure to be back.


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