It is hard to know what to do in the situation we found ourselves. Should we go, or should we stay? My vote was to stay, whereas Bruce wanted to head back to Vancouver because he had loads of meetings and work to do. After losing Baxter so recently, he'd had a hard time concentrating on work, and had only just begun to find his way. While I could understand all of that, now that I'd gone along for the ride, I realized how unpredictable it could be. How long could it take, after all?
Saturday morning Bruce drove over to the dealership to find out what he could while I roamed the property looking for anything of interest. Two things caught my eye, one of which are these cool pinecones on what we would call a Christmas tree.
Bruce returned with the news that it was some sort of fuel pump inside the gas tank that needed replacing and they would order it from California on Monday. Yup, Monday. Here is the view from our hotel window that I was sick of in no time.
Bellevue Collection, which is really like three malls in one. Hard to describe except to say it is high dollar! After a very late lunch we roamed around the mall coming across a large group of teens ready for a dance. Taking pictures was serious business with this crowd.
market is seemingly endless with nine acres of goods and services. NINE acres!
It is tulip season and who isn't thrilled with that?
Monday morning Bruce checked to see about the part, learning it would not arrive until the following day. Yikes! Although the weather was not to my liking, I asked to be taken to the Bellevue Botanical gardens where I saw more shades of green than I thought possible. I walked over a ravine on this bridge.
Finally it is Tuesday and the hotel no longer can provide us with a room which seems okay because we'll be going home, right? They had called Bruce saying he needed new spark plugs to the tune of $650, not covered under his extended warranty. What are you going to do? We checked out and sat at the dealership, hoping that day would be the charm. If there is one thing Bruce really dislikes it is nighttime driving, but that seemed to be what was going to have to happen as the day wore on. 3, 4, 5:00 and the car still wasn't ready because now they say he needs new fuel injectors and they have had to go into Seattle to pick one up because they didn't have enough. Closing time and the car is not ready, just as Bruce feared. Fortunately earlier he'd called about a room at another hotel which is where we stayed on Tuesday night. By now we are both sick of wearing the same clothes, and just plain sick of the whole mess. They tell us the shop foreman will start on the car at 7:30 in the morning. The shuttle takes us to the dealership and, you guessed it, the car is still in the shop. Bruce and the foreman go on multiple test drives. They replace another spark plug. They refund the money for the spark plugs and the extended warranty takes care of the other nearly $5,000 worth of work. As to the more than $1,000 in hotel bills, well we shall see.
Finally, we are on our way home. Bruce is just plain nervous, hoping they got it right. The traffic cooperates as does the weather for a while.
Although this was not an experience we hope to repeat any time soon, we made it and are grateful for that. Lots of positives like, what would we have done if, after paying $500 for a tow to Vancouver, only to learn the warranty was not valid here? Plus, had it happened during our cross country trip in the middle of rural Wyoming where there are no dealerships, that could have been really miserable.
It has been a very long time since last we had car trouble and both of us are hoping that this will be the last for another very long time. Don't even ask me about when the boys were teenagers and they knew us by name at the garage....oy vey!
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