Mitch bought the Buddy Mobile, a 1978 Chevrolet Caprice Station wagon in 1999. He bought it to replace his 1976 Chevrolet Suburban which had 300,000 miles on it and was very tired. We used it to haul Buddy, our yellow lab, around town and for all of our gear for hunting. It was a good reliable wagon that got lots of abuse. Mitch replaced the engine in it in 1995. It was like a Timex watch, it took a lickin and kept on tickin. It went through two engines and about 3 tons of dog hair and drool. The air conditioning went out a few years ago, so in the warm weather with all of the windows down, the dog hair would swirl around like a mini tornado inside the car. No matter how many times we would vacuum and clean the car, there was always dried dog slobber and nose prints on the windows. There was also the aroma of “Eau de Dog” in the upholstery that no amount of little green trees could eliminate.
People would point at the dog heads hanging out of the windows as we drove along. Sometimes I wasn’t so sure that people weren’t also pointing and laughing at us. The car definitely was distinctive. Well it now had over 300,000 miles logged on it, so we decided it was time to retire it and buy something newer for the dogs and hunting.
After I gave the go ahead to look, Mitch went on an online search for the best fit for the money. He searched cross country and even got into online auctions on E-Bay. We ended up as the high bidder on a 1995 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Station wagon. Much newer, only 15 years old instead of 31 years old. We are definitely moving up in the timeline. Oh, did I mention that the car was in Boston, Massachusetts? Since we live in Missouri this meant “Road Trip”. Because I like to multitask, we decided to combine flying to Boston to check out the car and if it met our needs, then we would turn the drive back into a mini vacation. I had Mitch pick up travel books from AAA for all of the states that would be on our journey home.