Goodbye Trusty Steed

Today I had to say goodbye to my 2003 Saturn Vue.

2004 Saturn Vue
2004 Saturn Vue

My Saturn treated me well until the transmission gave up the ghost a couple of weekends ago. At only 93,500 miles, I thought I might be able to get another 3+ years out of the car. But the repair cost exceeded the actual value of the car, so today it was donated to the Saint Vincent de Paul society. Hopefully they will find a buyer who will repair the transmission and the car will see many more years of useful life.

It is bittersweet to bid goodbye to such a dependable vehicle, but a new photo mobile is now in the garage awaiting its first photo outing. Say hello to my shiny new red 2014 Honda CR-V.

2014 Honda CR-V
2014 Honda CR-V

I wasn’t sure that I wanted another SUV, especially since we already have a 2004 Honda CR-V already in the garage. But the deciding factor was that I wanted a roomy cargo area with a big tailgate opening. I just couldn’t imagine dealing with a smaller trunk opening on a sedan while trying to get my camera equipment in and out of my camera bags. So the CR-V won out in the end.

So if you’re looking for me this weekend in my traditional green Saturn Vue, you won’t find me. Instead I hope to see you as I ride up in my new ride.