Auto Kaputt

Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
Trip End Oct 01, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Washington
Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Leider konnten wir heute nicht wie geplant Richtung Osten fahren. Wir mussten leider Festellen das das Auto nicht mehr fahrtüchtig ist. Einer von den Kipphebeln die die Ventile steuern ist einfach durchgebrochen. Morgen früh kommt wahrscheinlich ein Mechaniker der sich die ganze Sache mal mit Niko zusammen angucken will. Dann werden wir entscheiden was wir machen.
Den Autoproblemen zum trotz haben wir heute einen guten Tag gehabt. Wir waren auf dem Privatflughafen von dem netten Herrn mit dem wir hier wohnen. Der Mechaniker der sich um die ganzen Flugzeuge kümmert hat Renae und mich dann auch auf einen kleinen Rundflug mitgenommen. Niko war auch völlig begeistert weil in den Flugzeughangars auch ein paar alte BMWs und andere Autos standen. 

  The next morning, Harold invited us to go to hsee personal airplane collection at the Skagit Aero Educational Museum, which he founded and built in Concrete, Washington. What a beautiful location! Surrounded by lakes, rivers, and mountains, one of them including Mt. Baker, it is one of the most picturesque places I have been to. After ooing and awwing at his collection of classic planes, models, and cars, I was invited to fly in his biplane. Unfortunately, they had some problems getting the plane started, but it didnät matter, I was able to fly in an equally beautiful plane, a 1936 Fairchild (colors: grey and burgandy). It was really an experience to be remembered. Next up, Janis, who now has interest in working at Harold's museum and obtaining his pilot license. We are very privelaged to have toured such a fine museum. When we returned to Harold’s house, Boggie , who is Mongolian, prepared Mongolian beef for us, which was the best Mongolian beef I have  ever eaten. After dinner, we walked around the charming town of La Conner. The shops were all closed for he night, but we stilll enjoyed our walk. When we returned, we watched Gran Torino, while Niko returned to the garage to work on the car. Good news! He found the  problem! Bad news... it couldn#t be repaired. Well, it could, but the repair would cost more than the worth of the car. Now what to do??? Fly to the East coast? Rent a car for next 3 weeks for about $700? Trade our car? Sell ours on Craigslist? We decided to go to bed and rest on it.
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