There is so much beauty and goodness in the world, but we get bombarded with bad news and all the things that go wrong in our society. Despite that, I want my kids to always have faith in humanity and see the beauty in the world we live in. Our family loves visiting National and State Parks, so over their school break, I decided to take them to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for a day, possibly two. We live near the beach and had to drive through the mountains to get to this desert, which I am incredibly grateful that we can hit all 3 types of beautiful landscapes in a matter of a couple hours.
When we arrived at the desert, I went off-road just a bit. It started getting a bit rockier, so I decided it was best to return to the main road. In reversing a bit, one of the rear tires of our all-wheel drive car slipped down a small ditch. A bit of panic started to set in when I realized the tires just spun when I shifted the car back into drive and then again into reverse. I turned the steering wheel a bit and then gunned the gas a bit. Eventually I was able to maneuver ourselves out, but within minutes, I saw the low tire pressure light turn on. I got out and noticed that one of our tires had been punctured pretty badly. I hurried us back to the main road, but by then, the tire was completely flat. I wasn’t in an area with cell service and there wasn’t a wide shoulder on the road for us to park safely. I drove a bit on the flat tire until I could find an open space and once I did, I called my husband immediately. He suggested I call Roadside Assistance through our insurance, and as soon as I dialed the number, I saw a car with a couple in it, drive by the other direction. They made eye contact with me and no more than 10 seconds later, they had turned around and pulled off the road near us. The couple both got out of the car and asked if I needed any help. I’m not usually one to accept help like that, so my first instinct was to say, “no thanks.” But I was alone with my two kids, one of whom was quite anxious about the situation, so instead, I welcomed the help. The husband changed the tire for me from start to finish. During that time, I talked to his wife a bit and she explained that when her 2 kids were younger, just a bit older than mine at the time, she got a flat during a snowstorm. Thankfully back then, a stranger also pulled over to help her change the tire. When they were leaving, I told them I wish I could repay them in some way. The wife told me that 20 years from now, I could help another stranger who got stranded on the side of the road. I’m incredibly grateful for the help of these strangers and the goodness in their hearts to take time out of their day to help me. I’m also grateful that my kids witnessed this and learned a lesson in helping others.
After the excitement of the ditch and flat tire, the kids were ready to go home. However, I needed to get to a tire store or gas station to fill up the spare tire with air. The closest place was 20 minutes away, so we made our trek into Borrego Springs. We stopped at a tire store and they filled up my tire and checked the other 3, and then reassured me I could make it back to San Diego on the spare. We decided to go home at that point, but we got something to eat before we left. By then, everyone’s nerves were calm again. On the way back home, we stopped off at the side of the road. I wanted to let the kids run around a bit since they had been sitting for some time. I grabbed the camera and started shooting. The light was changing rapidly at this time of day, and we were surprised with the most amazing sunset. Beautiful shades of pink and purple filled the entire sky. It was gorgeous. It reminded of that quote “Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.”
After the images from our day at the desert, I would love for you to check out another amazing photographer, who does fine art child photography in London. She has some of the most gorgeous natural light images and they are quite inspiring. She and I are participating in a blog circle with a number of other incredible photographers. This month, she has some amazing outdoor images of her kids at a beautiful estate.
The day ended on such a beautiful note and hopefully the kids will remember it, not for the scary parts, but for the kindness of strangers and nature’s beauty.
And as mentioned before, don’t forget to follow along the blog circle. There’s a group of six of us this month, and next up is the very talented Annika Bloch, a child photographer in London. Click on the link to get to her latest post.