Our good friend, Mr. Michael Turton joined us today to hunt a geocache. We planned on another cookout later in the day after the hunt.
Out: the travel bug, top. In: a “rosette” casting. I work in the castings business and I always have unusual items like that. I am going to take the travel bug out of Taiwan in a couple of weeks. UPDATE: at the request of the travel bug owner, I have deleted this photo. Apparently, dishonest people might try to claim that they found it by using the serial number which could be clearly seen in my photo. That never would have occured to me, because of not only being dishonest, but also an incredibly stupid thing to do since the whereabouts could easily be confirmed by the next geocacher. Oh well.
One of the most important aspects of geocaching is to hide the geocache when you are finished. We packed everything up properly and then hid it where the owner had originally placed it. After that, we left to explore some other sites in the Yong An area.
Nearby are some of the wind generators that I have blogged on before. Michael Turton is also very interested in these machines so we went for a closeup look at them.
No one was hurt. But for a few moments, things were tense! I was in the passenger side and literally hanging over Michael, who was still seated in the driver’s seat. My seatbelt held me in position (and kept me from crushing Michael!). I opened the passenger door and Michael climbed out over me. I was deathly worried about my Hui-chen who was riding in the back seat. She hadn’t been wearing her seatbelt, but had grabbed the handle above the sliding door. She was standing up inside the van and was unhurt. I saw some smoke and told Michael that I was concerned about a fire and us not being able to get out in time. He couldn’t open the sliding door for Hui-chen to climb out of, so he ran around the back and opened the hatch. Hui-chen (and eventually I) walked out, unscathed.
This is the tow truck operator that Michael called. One never knows how skilled someone may or may not be in Taiwan because no one is honest about their capabilities. Often, men brag about being able to do something, when in reality they can’t do squat.
This guy went to work right away, beginning with an assessment of the situation and a plan for recovering the vehicle. Once approved by Michael, he went to work.
He began by moving the vehicle away from the embankment. First he moved the rear end of the vehicle out. Here we see him setting up to move the front.
And, demonstrating skill like I have never before seen, he set Michael’s van down on the road so gingerly, that I commented “he could diaper a baby with that crane!” I was very impressed with this man.
Up on the tow truck, the next stop was the gas station, where the tow operator demonstrated genuine concern for the condition of the vehicle. We added motor oil and water, which had leaked out due to it being on its side.
We were able to drive away. Those Japanese can build a car!