I picked up several skinnies and a trio of Baldwin carriers last night at the airport in Portland Oregon. It was a 4.5 hr drive. My husband and I drove around Porland for a while, went to dinner and then stopped in Gresham to visit with my aunt and uncle. We got to the airport cargo area and waited about 30 minutes for the pigs. They brought them in and I checked them over to make sure everyone was okay. They seemed frightened, of course! They started out in Virgina, got on a plane in Washington DC, back in the air again after a stop in Houston and then to Portland. I'm sure they were quite worn out! It was pouring rain, (it is Portland! lol) so we put them in the car and left for home. About 10 minutes later, we were on I205. There was a traffic jam! We were almost to interstate 5, which takes us straight home, but traffic was at a stand-still. We slowly got around a corner and then could see an accident on the left side of the interstate. There were three lanes and we were in the middle going about 10-15 mph. All of the sudden, smash! We heard metal hitting metal and felt a nice jolt to our car. The guy in the lane to the left was in a lifted 4x4 truck and went to get over into our lane and didn't even see us! We pulled over, in the pouring rain, and heavy jammed traffic and got his information. We got back onto the interstate after a few minutes of waiting for someone to let us back into traffic. Once we got passed the accident and down the road a few miles, we spotted a rest area and pulled over to inspect the damage. The entire back panel from right behind the driver door to the end of the car was smashed in. Main thing though, was the piggies were fine! I was so worried about them on the airplane, but it was the car that really could have been a problem for them! I'm just glad we were not going 60 mph like traffic normally does right there when that happened or it could have been much worse. I was so glad to get home at 2:30am and put them all away into their new home. The car will get fixed, but if I would have lost any of them, I really would have been upset!
I must say though, that I have the most wonderful and supportive husband. Two weeks ago, he drove over 1000 miles for me to get my first Baldwin and this weekend to Portland for me. And his poor car, that he so loves, got a nice big dent in it. He told me as long as I was fine and my piggies were fine, that is all that matters! I'm just glad we are all fine and home safe and sound!