Go Granny, Go Granny, Go Granny Go!
This morning’s 3 mile run started out like any other. It had rained hard all day yesterday and that left a big of fog in the air as we hit the trail.
Somewhere along with the first mile the friendly (and hungry) deer came out onto the trail walking towards us to see if we had any food to give them. As we got closer she moved to the side and started to eat some leaves but as you can see from this photo, allowed me to get very close and snap her picture. There were two more deer just behind the brush and I love how friendly they are.
Just around the time we were hitting mile 2, Jen got a call on her cell phone (remember is still only 6:40am or so at the time) from the police. It was hard to figure out what they were telling her but I picked up pieces such as her saying “No I am not driving my car I am out running on the trail”. When the call ended Jen was less than happy and said they just alerted her that her car had been hit in the parking lot. She then proceeded to throw her cell phone holster at some bush in anger as this is the last thing she needed to deal with right now.
The following photos are her re-enactment of the anger/throwing after the fact (when she could laugh it off a little because in the heat of the moment I thought that case was headed right at my face for a minute there):
She then takes off running faster as we are about a mile away from the parking lot and Christine and I follow but let her have some space as she clearly didn’t want to be around us at this point.
When we arrive back at the parking lot - I look at the back of Jen’s SUV and there is no damage so I can’t figure out what is going on. But the police, forest preserve police etc are there.
The lot we park in is circular (shown below) so we thought perhaps someone backed into it or hit the rear bumper.
Apparently however an elderly woman (let’s call her the Little Old Lady from Pasadena) who was quite dazed and unsure what happened, drove either around the lot (or the police think she actually turned onto the entrance of the bike/walking trail and drove on it). Then turned onto the grass and tried to drive between the front of Jen’s car and the tree that was in front of it. Of course she did not have enough clearance
And got Jen’s bumper pretty good
Meanwhile the lady who was still dazed/confused was taken away in an ambulance just to be safe but is physically ok (no injury from the accident).
This meant that on top of the police the fire department and ambulance etc also arrived so it was quite a calamity at the entrance to the trail for a while there.
When all was said and done it was near 8am and Jen had to quickly rush home to get her daughter ready for school. Luckily the car can still be driven for now and everyone was safe. And of course has provided yet again a lot more interesting blog post than just stating that I ran 3 miles again today.
And once again - feel free to sing along with me:
Than the little old lady from Pasadena
She drives real fast and she drives real hard