09.10.2021 Fog Friday

Well, that was a brief hiatus. I was on my way to Northern Maine when I stopped in Freeport for gas and heard a rubbing sound. I got out and nothing was under the car but it sounded like I was dragging a trash can. It was worse when I used the brakes so there it was. I turned around and headed home. Loss so far, one day of work, 8 hours of driving, and two tanks of gas as well as a lost opportunity to visit with friends and see a moose or two. My Subaru dealer couldn’t see the car for two weeks so I called our local Midas. They are knocking it out today but the price tag? $1850. I doubt that the dealer would have been a better deal. One caliper was sort of okay but everything else gonzo. We’re doing that caliper too while at it. Bummer. At least Bentley and I get to sleep in our own bed together tonight. And Mary Beth doesn’t have to get up at 2:30 a.m. to let him out. πŸ™‚

So with Frog Friday covered here is a Fog Friday image. No break for you from me after all.Β  πŸ™‚

Mount Pollux

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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25 Responses to 09.10.2021 Fog Friday

  1. Tina says:

    Such a bummer about your car and planned getaway. The photo is beautiful though.

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    • Thanks, Tina! It was a great disappointment. But at least it is repairable, it did not result in an accident, and I got three more nights of sleeping with my pup next to me. πŸ™‚


      • Tina says:

        I also have a Subaru, a 2018 Outback. But it isn’t red, like Steve’s (below). πŸ™‚

        What kind of dog do you have? Our last dog died 3 years ago at 17 and I haven’t been ready for another, though I do miss having a dog. I hope your weekend is still a good one!

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      • My Forester is silver so shows less dirt. πŸ™‚

        We have had beagles since we got married in 1984…actually the beagle came with me as part of our union. We’ve lost three, all to some form of cancer. Our third, Murphy, was special and losing him almost put me down as well. He was sweet and so dependant on us, me especially. He didn’t like anyone else but the two of us and was very defensive having bit a few of our visitors…all of them were aware of his issues and willingly took one for the team. πŸ™‚ Putting him down was necessary as he had cancer slowly weakening him for months. But it hurt terribly. It is up in the air whether losing Bentley when the time comes will be my time too. So emotionally painful. That said, we did not hesitate to adopt again and may do so after Bentley depending on our age at the time.

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  2. Sorry to hear it, both for what you missed out on in Maine and what you didn’t miss out on in repairs. I didn’t remember (or maybe never knew) that you also have a Subaru; ours is a red Outback.

    Well, at least you got to follow up Frog Friday with a pretty Fog Friday, complete with goldenrod. Today I saw some here that was noticeably budding, so it shouldn’t be long now.

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  3. Love this image..hope you can back on the road.

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  4. Peter Klopp says:

    Too bad about your Subaru and the repair bill. Yet, the beautiful fog picture must be small compensation for all the trouble you had today. Steve.


  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, bummer! No reward for all that driving and a big bill to boot. Life ain’t fair!

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    • True, it isn’t always fair. But the few times I have had car breakdowns over the years have always been in a situation that I could recover from fairly easily. If I had not been able to drive back home that would have been much worse.


  6. Ann Mackay says:

    I’m sorry to hear that your trip didn’t go as planned and that your car needed repairs. Life doesn’t go so well at times! Lovely fog Friday!

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  7. krikitarts says:

    The main thing is that you noticed the warning signs and had the presence of mind, and the wisdom, to get it seen to before it gave out on you on the road. We too have a Subaru, an 2012 Outback, but we haven’t even seen it in nearly two years; it’s in professional, climatized storage in Minneapolis, in the good company of lots of incredible sports cars. Sure hope we can make it back next year.

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    • I was almost exactly at the halfway point of the trip so decided that the drive back wouldn’t be more risky than continuing. As it turned out, the town I was going to shuts down, so to speak, for the weekend so it wouldn’t have been worked on until Monday making my return to work on Tuesday iffy.
      I do hope you are able to return to MN soon. Maybe your Outback will have picked up a little something from all the company it has been keeping.

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  8. Littlesundog says:

    For selfish me, I’m so happy Frog Friday prevailed! πŸ™‚ I am also happy to see my native Nebraska State flower, goldenrod, displayed so beautifully in the wild.

    I’m so sorry about your vehicle, but you found the silver lining of good time with Bentley! We never know what delays might have prevented something far more catastrophic down the road – you did the right thing. And, life is expensive. Better to cough up 2K now, than to risked “totaling” it somehow and having to purchase a new vehicle.

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    • I posted before leaving so Frog Friday was guaranteed.This one wasn’t supposed to happen for a while. Is there a specific goldenrod for the state flower or generally any goldenrod? We have a fair amount of goldenrod in the yard, Early Goldenrod, so while other areas and species are just now blossoming ours is starting to brown. The bees still visit.

      I try to find a silver lining most often even if it is just a sliver of a lining. I’ve always wanted a Forester so do not wish to replace this one although I would someday like to drive an electric vehicle. At my age you never know, this might be my last one if I take care of it.


  9. Todd Henson says:

    Ouch! Sorry to hear about the failed trip, but so much better to discover something like that sooner. I’ve yet to have any brake work done on my Subaru, but I’m sure it’s coming. πŸ™‚

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    • I guess it was due as it’s a 2015 and still had the original brakes but I wish it had given me a clue before I left. That said, we do have another trip planned for later and at least that will not be something to concern us. Thanks, Todd.


  10. shoreacres says:

    Oh, shoot. This certainly brought my relatively recent road troubles to mind. At least you were able to get back home, and didn’t as many complications: although writing those checks is a complication not to be wished for.

    The photo’s lovely. As it happens, just yesterday morning a friend pointed out something her yard crew had cut down twice as a “weed.” She was determined that she was going to fire them if they did it again, because she was sure it wasn’t a weed. It wasn’t. it was seaside goldenrod, just beginning to put on its buds.

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    • I was lucky that I could manage the return home. The bill was painful and now it appears I need new struts too. Lots of noise coming from down under on all those bumpy dirt roads I travel.

      Although not nearly as serious as cutting down a native goldenrod, I am sure lawn guys do think of everything not a blade of grass as a weed, we had a problem with some lawn care folks in my neighbor’s yard. They insisted on mowing what I call my south quarter. I spoke to my neighbor and she spoke to them but they kept doing it. Now I am not exactly looking for the most yard to mow but didn’t want her to pay for mowing yardage that wasn’t her own. She finally got someone who understands but believe it or not had to try three companies before one gets it right. In their side of things, we do let her have two extra 4×8 raised beds on our lawn but still they didn’t follow directions.
      Hopefully her Seaside Goldenrod will not get mowed and make a nice little meadow for her.


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