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I took the morning off to drive with my Dad to a little town called Colfax to get a replacement window for his RV.


He drove, I entertained.

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It was a pretty simple drive:  90 miles northeast, pay for the new window, get back in the car, drive 90 miles home. 


We did, however, stop for food:


I had a whole wheat sub with melted cheddar cheese, spinach, onions, pickles, tomatoes, and cucumbers.  Plus Sun Chips – my fav!


On the way back, I mentioned that we needed to stop at Target.  Right as we began to pull into the garage, I mentioned, “Are you sure this van is going to fit?”  See, not only does DadHTP have a tall van, but he also has a 17-foot long kayak on top.


I got my answer when a BANG, BANG, CRAAAASH erupted from the roof as the kayak scraped across the ceiling of the parking garage and fell in heap behind us.  Thank goodness another car wasn’t there!


So, after picking the kayak off the floor of the parking garage (and watching the Target employees nearly pass out in laughter), we hauled the kayak in the back, drove home with it sticking out the door, and spent the rest of the morning trying to repair the mount on top.


Lesson learned! 


I need a coffee.



  • Candice @ChiaSeedMe October 28, 2010, 2:41 pm

    How crazy! I’m always afraid of scraping the top of my car when I drive into parking garages…I can’t believe it actually happened to you. Hope everything is okay!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 28, 2010, 2:45 pm

    Haha! At least there’s no permanent damage. I’ll never forget my middle school bus driver going under a low bridge when we had to take a detour once. The screech of metal on metal was horrible!

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! October 28, 2010, 2:46 pm

    Oh no!! We did that once when we drove into our garage with the bikes still on the roof of our car. Again: lesson learned! I hope the car and kayak aren’t damaged!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 28, 2010, 2:49 pm

    HAHA, oh man that is too funny!

    I hope there wasn’t any damage to the kayak


  • tina October 28, 2010, 2:49 pm

    omg, thats crazy!!! is the kayak (and car?) ok???

    • Caitlin October 28, 2010, 2:49 pm

      i think so!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 28, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Hahaha! Sounds like quite the event! My car has undergone a few scrapes and scratches and it makes me cringe every time. Hope the car is ok!

  • Carolyn @ EatWell. LiveWell. BeWell. October 28, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Oh no. Is it bad that I’m laughing too?

    • Caitlin October 28, 2010, 2:50 pm

      haha how can you do anything but laugh in those situations?

  • Kelly October 28, 2010, 2:50 pm

    Hahaha oh that’s funny, but that does suck.

  • Sarah for Real October 28, 2010, 2:50 pm

    Doh! Parking garages are scary. Don’t they usually have those hanging bar things to help prevent that from happening?

    So sorry HTPdad!

  • Stacy October 28, 2010, 2:52 pm

    Ha! That’s too funny! I hope the kayak is ok.

    By the way, did everyone see this?

    Marie Claire strikes again.

    • Reenie October 28, 2010, 3:14 pm

      WOW! I can’t believe some of her comments on her blog!! And she’s never watched the show. Although being overweight is not healthy, they are people too, with feelings……and they know how to love!!

      • Kelly October 28, 2010, 3:20 pm

        Being judgmental isn’t healthy either.

        • Caitlin October 28, 2010, 3:56 pm

          As I said in the previous comments section, I think if she had written this post about a minority group or gay people or a political party, people would be suing Marie Claire. I think people have a right to be mad, but obviously people on the Internet take it too far.

          I think it’s interesting that Marie Claire apparently thinks healthy living bloggers are crazy and overweight people worthless. What are we suppose to be striving for, then? That magazine is damaging to women.

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe October 28, 2010, 2:52 pm

    Yeesh, glad nothing and no one were damaged.

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 28, 2010, 2:58 pm

    I love the original flavored Sun Chips!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 28, 2010, 3:00 pm

    I bet those employees got a KICK out that!! How frustrating though.

  • Rachel October 28, 2010, 3:03 pm


  • Katie @ Up Fit Creek October 28, 2010, 3:04 pm

    Oh no! I hope it’s reparable.

  • Laurie October 28, 2010, 3:06 pm

    Ha Ha! I’m sorry I had to laugh too! I hope everything is OK!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 28, 2010, 3:09 pm

    I would have been roaring! But I hope everything (car/kayak) is ok!

    You have a Target with a parking garage?

    • Caitlin October 28, 2010, 3:56 pm

      yea! it’s in a really urban area.

      • Jennifer October 28, 2010, 6:05 pm

        i came in here with the same question about the parking garage 🙂

  • Leanne @ Simplicitlee October 28, 2010, 3:12 pm

    You guys will have great laughs about this sometime soon! 😀 hehehe… I love taking drives with my Dad.. we always have our best talks while driving, whereas with my mom, if we go on a walk that’s when we really connect!

  • Heather October 28, 2010, 3:19 pm

    oh no! I hope it didn’t ruin the kayak! I have btw never seen a target with a parking garage.

  • Alina (Duty Free Foodie) October 28, 2010, 3:21 pm

    That’s terrible! Once Ryan and I drove a mattress for about 4 hours, and it kept almost falling off. In the middle of the night.

  • Bess @ Bess Be Fit October 28, 2010, 3:30 pm

    That’s sort of funny and unfortunate all at the same time! Sounds like something that would happen to me, lol! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 28, 2010, 3:33 pm

    Those moments, while frustrating are priceless. Definitely need coffee!

  • Dara October 28, 2010, 3:46 pm

    oh no! my dad did that with his SUV. his roof rack almost got torn off at a parking garage!

  • Theresa OBrien October 28, 2010, 3:55 pm

    I am from a small town called Colfax….but its in CA 🙂

  • Charlie October 28, 2010, 3:56 pm

    There isn’t spinach at Subway here (in Quebec)! Only iceberg lettuce :(.

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 28, 2010, 4:01 pm

    OMG! LOL (sorry!)

    My husband drove a uhaul when we were moving a few years ago and he took down a basketball hoop and scraped the top of it in and underpass. His dad was driving behind him and saw sparks flying!

  • diana October 28, 2010, 4:07 pm

    90 miles?!!! OMGOODNESS!!

  • Hope October 28, 2010, 4:15 pm

    I think at times like this, all you can do is laugh hehe

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 28, 2010, 4:17 pm

    oh no!!!! Hope there was not too much damage sustained 🙁

  • Kiran October 28, 2010, 4:21 pm

    Parking garage at Target? That’s a first for me 😀

  • Laura October 28, 2010, 4:33 pm

    I don’t want to spam you… but look at this link. It will make you feel better! Try explaining this to the rental company lol


    • Caitlin October 28, 2010, 5:02 pm

      OMG. it could’ve been soooo much worse.

  • lisasfoods October 28, 2010, 4:33 pm

    Oh no. Sometimes I hate garages for that reason (though they’re great when you live in a snowy area like we do).

    I love Sun Chips too! I wish they’d make an organic version.

  • Krystina (Organically Me) October 28, 2010, 4:46 pm

    HAHA I know I shouldn’t laugh, but that must have been quite the sight!

  • Kelly October 28, 2010, 5:26 pm

    Oh no!!! I hope you were able to fix it!!

  • Allison K October 28, 2010, 5:27 pm

    this is off topic, but does every state have a town called Colfax? seriously. I know that California, Washington, and now North Carolina do…

  • katie October 28, 2010, 5:33 pm

    that would be such a sight to see!

  • Ellen @FirednFabulous October 28, 2010, 5:49 pm

    I’ve never thought to get my Sub sandwiches without ham or turkey, but yours sounds good! Glad everyone came out of the mini roadtrip unscathed 🙂

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 28, 2010, 5:49 pm

    haha, whoops!! At leas tthe kayak wasnt damaged or anything. 🙂

  • Balanced Healthy Life October 28, 2010, 5:50 pm

    haha! That’s a great story! I love Subway, but rarely ever make it there!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now October 28, 2010, 5:52 pm

    Oh Geeze! I’m sure that was kind of embarrassing!

  • Elizabeth October 28, 2010, 6:18 pm

    hi! I actually did come to your blog because of the marie claire article expecting to be totally disgusted. But as I read your blog, and the others that were mentioned I began to think Marie Claire is crazy! You ladies eat healthy, full meals and exercise like true athletes. I’ve actually fallen in love with your blog and read it religiously!

  • Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt October 28, 2010, 6:25 pm

    I’ve participated in a charity event for the past few years and the biggest issue we have is that when driving around van drivers forget how tall they are and get stuck under low hanging bridges! EEK! Scary!

  • Jaclyn October 28, 2010, 6:34 pm

    Ughh so annoying, but funny 😉
    Glad you’re okay ha!

  • Teacherwoman October 28, 2010, 6:44 pm

    Oh no! That stinks!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 28, 2010, 6:50 pm

    Oh my goodness! ;P Glad everything was alright.

  • Lesley October 28, 2010, 7:28 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Target with a parking garage. That’s too bad about the kayak, but it is pretty funny! Probably a bit embarrassing if people are laughing at you, but what can you do? I usually take a bow after I do dumb things in front of witnesses, just to let them know I’m in on the joke!

  • Katie October 28, 2010, 7:49 pm

    Hahahaha I love it! It’s soo funny reading your description! I myself have only parked at Targets with cars PACKED in it but never a garage. LOVE IT! ohh it’s the small memories like this that builds up to a life time! xoxo

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 28, 2010, 8:08 pm

    Oh no!!! It’s totally funny though! Glad you had a good day with HTPDad!

  • Grace October 29, 2010, 4:06 am

    So funny but it also sucks. Glad everything was alright.

  • Leah October 29, 2010, 5:41 am

    My dad did that about 25 years ago… we were at West Edmonton mall in the station wagon with the canoe on top! and it got STUCK! My brother & I were really helpful, we walked away from the car and sat on the grass pretending not to know my parents…

    Hope the kayak wasn’t damaged!

  • Teri [a foodie stays fit] October 29, 2010, 3:46 pm

    hahahaha! oh my gosh, that’s terrible but hilarious!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life October 29, 2010, 9:53 pm

    That is so embarassing yet so hilarious! Poor HTPdad 🙁

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