Cute N Cool

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The new little car that can...Warning,this is a Novel!

Once upon a time, in a far away land was a man who needed a reliable affordable dependable the story starts, or I suppose it is an ongoing continuation...

The other half has a lease vehicle.. we call it a "fleece", if any of you are familiar with Dave Ramsey, and the Total Money Makeover.. you know what I mean! Well, due to the large amount of overage miles he has put on the car.. he has stopped driving it, as there are just a few months left on the lease, and it will be painful when we pay for the overage miles. I think he is at 92,000 miles on a 75,000 mile lease limit, ouch!

It will be the very last lease/fleece we EVER do!

So.. I knew what was coming... as he is a car guy. He loves cars... he loves Auto Trader... and car magazines...he loves Nascar . Yes he is a car guy. For some reason he is drawn towards European cars.. which really are not the practical kind of car he really needs. He puts lots of miles on his cars, which is silly to have a real pricey car and run it into the ground. Plus, well we cannot afford that car!
Thank goodness he came to his sense's!

So.. somehow I got sucked into the search for the replacement, to be purchased not leased. Used, not new, and a super duper deal. My brother has a Chevy HHR, which is very cute retro like 'van' and gets great mileage (32-34 on highway) and they are reasonable.

So.. the search was on to find one... and find one we did.
We had to take a ferry to get to where it was, which was in Port Angeles on the Peninsula (on the way to Forks for you Twilight folks!). We had a great day driving to Port Angeles, I must say.

We went through Sequim which is a really great little area, and they were just starting their Lavender Festival, the lavender farms are everywhere in that area!

What was cool was that we bought my horse Betsy from a Paint breeder in Sequim, and had not been back there since..well...that was 14 years ago!

I could not believe when we drove by the place she was born. It was like it had never been a horse farm. The fencing was gone, and the barn was all boarded up. The woman who we got her from used to be pretty well known as a horse breeder.

She was older, and may even be gone from this earth.
Look at her old covered arena, all boarded up...

OK, so I digressed from my thoughts, not surprised are you!

Back to the car hunt ...
OK..they were kind enough to 'SAVE' it for you see, it has a save sign on it!
Than of course we have to compare it to the snazzy orange one (I like that color!) no, he says white. OK, so we will take the white one.

Than after doing all the fun signing papers to buy it, and "no we don't want the extended warranty ...blah blah blah" part...

And of course after he bought his starving wife lunch,
I follow him back the way we came...which meant a stop in Port Gamble.

Port Gamble is a very cool historical stop ...the original houses and stores are intact and they all have cute white picket fences.

(Oh , and look at that cute green convertible...that sure is nice..oh.. that's my car:)

A little history quote Northwest Magazine...

"Most people begin their travels in the Olympic rain shadow with a visit to the company-owned town of Port Gamble. Timber barons from Maine came west in the 1850s and created the town around their mill at the mouth of the Hood Canal. The land grant they
got from President Abraham Lincoln in 1853, now on display in the town’s museum, made it official.

While the mill closed in 1995 after stocks of old-growth timber dried up, the current incarnation of Pope Timber Company has turned the town into a tourist destination par excellence. The elegant Victorian houses along the town’s main drag, Rainier Avenue, once housed the managers of the mill and their families, but today play host to a coterie of small shops designed to entice visiting tourists to while away an afternoon browsing. "

OK.. than back on the road to the ferry boat...across the water to the Edmond's ferry dock..

Off we go, heading off the Peninsula... on the "Puyallup"

And and after a brief stop to show the kids....we are finally almost to our little Place in this big world...

and the little white care came home to go to bed.

The End:)


  1. Looks like you had a nice day, and hopefully got a great car too! I loved the tour and the old houses. My son loves old cars, and owns a 1951 DeSoto custom. He loved to see the old one in your picture, and I love old architecture on the house in Port Gamble.

    Don't know if I could have taken the boat ride, or was that a ferry ride... Anyway I get a terrible case of motion sickness everytime I go out on water :( Linda

  2. Wow, that was long but lotsa great pictures made it worth it! Sad about Betsey's farm being gone, wonder why?

  3. What a cute car!!
    I love Port Gamble, it is the cutest little town. I also like Sequim. It's been about 4 years since I have been there.
    Sounds like you had a great drive, and you got a new car in the process!

  4. What a great car!! Hope he loves it!! You know I'm glad you pointed out the boarded up arena, it's such a shame to see something like that not getting used...

  5. Cute story (except about the farm) but I LOVE the pics on the Ferry boat. I am from Seattle and miss the water SO much. My entire family is still there and we go throughout the year but it is never enough. :) Thanks for the memory jog. We have been to Edmonds 1000000 times. :)

  6. WTG on the car! You got a good deal and a fun day out of the transaction. :-)

  7. what a great day jan! your cute 'vancar' is adorable and you are doing your part with the mileage...very sad to see the boarded up arena and farm...not good. but the ferry ride looks like fun! we took the one that goes to martha's vineyard...and, it is neat the paint girl knows where those neat towns all have a pretty state!

  8. Sounds like you and "your cars" had a nice outing!!!

  9. Okay trying to remember where I want to go... this:

    I think he is at 92,000 miles on a 75,000 mile lease limit, ouch!

    Ouch! for real..

    My minivan actually gets as good mileage as my last car - which is good but kind of sad.

    And I loved the orange one too!

    Nice to meet you!


  10. I'm married to a car freak too! Oops, I meant to say car buff! I don't understand the fascination with them, but I accept it!

  11. isn't signing all the car paperwork fun! NOT!!!

    glad it made it's way safely to your home :)

  12. Awww cute! I am doing some blog catch-up finally, sorry I have been away =)

    We just bought a new (used) white truck right before Duke died, I was actually trying to move Jimmy's car seat into it when Duke got hit. That truck is now either getting sold or traded in for something cheaper (the dealer has a 30-day return/trade deal) because we never should have bought it in the first place, we have no idea what possessed us to buy it in the first place, but we have been kicking ourselves since the day we brought it home! But I digress, I am glad you got your new car, it is awesome!


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