August 20, 2007

Once More, Home

Well... Zog back. Zog found cave. Zog happy.

Took my ma for a ride out to Fresno. Beautiful country, it was. Driving through Utah, near Capitol (Capital... both spellings are there) Reef, we got to see one of the most incredible sights that I've ever been privileged to see. And I had no camera...

From many miles off, we could see a ridgeline. Immediately above, there was a severe thunderstorm, and you could see the sheets of water hammering down on the rock. Where the storm cloud ended, there was clear sky, and the sun shone down just behind, causing the ridge to glow. It looked as if it were made of obsidian at one glance, and gold the next. Awesome.

The hunt for housing went okay. Didn't know if it was going to work out, but we ran into a little goddess named Athena, and she helped everything come about. There was no immediate openings in the complex she manages, but she called four others and tracked down some good deals for me. I ended up signing with one of the places she referred.

There are some very clever management companies out there... the very first place we checked out was managed by a Salma Hayek look a like. Hell... she may have even looked better. I felt a bit rude tripping over my tongue, but it couldn't be helped. She mentioned that there was a one month waiting list (for the apartments), and then mentioned that she lived in the complex, too. Who the hell wouldn't want to live there? Alas, it was not meant to be... but the image of her walking up the stairs with her perfect legs disappearing under her short, tight, black skirt.... mmmmmmm... it's forever etched into my mind.

After the cave was found and claimed, we ran up to Yosemite... a place that I will frequent. Mother of Gott... it's beautiful. Again, I was wishing that I had a soul stealing device. We only made it to Mariposa Grove, and then Glacier Point, but then again, there's no way that you could enjoy this whole park in a single day, or even a weekend. Gives a man goosebumps to see such scenery...

Ma had never been to the Canyon Grande, so on our way back, we made a small detour to hit the South Rim. Another breathtaking stop... and it's only a little over ten hours away from Fresno...

We had noticed that there was a little bit of rain going on back home. As a matter of fact, most of the past two days were spent driving through storms. Saturday, we had to stop in Elk City, OK, because the rains, and my eyelids, got pretty heavy. Probably a good thing we stopped... ditches were flooded, and there were quite a few cars that were down there keeping the water company.

Got up this morning, and I helped ma with a few projects outside. I noticed animals going by in pairs, heading down towards Turtle Creek, where a large wooden boat was moored. From what I understand, most of this is about done (yeah, right) and tomorrow and the following days will greet us with high temps and high humidity. And to think that I thought I had escaped Florida...

Now... I'm home, with a million things to do. Should be heading out next Wednesday.

And this time, I'll bring a picture taker.

Posted by That 1 Guy at August 20, 2007 10:34 PM | TrackBack

Hey, glad you made it there and back. And you got a place to call your own in Californy. Now, ya just gotta pack up everything you own. That's all.

Posted by: Jerry at August 20, 2007 11:54 PM

... sounds like California is agreeing with you, homeboy...

Posted by: Eric at August 21, 2007 06:38 AM

I can't believe you are actually heading out . . . but good luck to you man!

Posted by: Oddybobo at August 21, 2007 07:09 AM

I'm glad you found a cave. *grin* One of these days I'll get out west. I've never been there.

Posted by: Teresa at August 21, 2007 07:44 AM

Best of luck on the new adventure man, sounds great.

Posted by: Mushy at August 21, 2007 07:45 AM

So glad you found digs! That's great! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that the rest of the move goes as well. :)

Posted by: Richmond at August 21, 2007 08:35 AM

just tell me said cave has Air Con. :-)

Posted by: caltechgirl at August 21, 2007 10:05 AM

Funny thing that Salma Hayek. She has never done anything for me. Nada. Nothing. don't know what it is... however, if was a Daniel Craig look alike? Whoo hooo!!!

Posted by: Bou at August 21, 2007 10:44 AM

So....did you ask her for a date for a discount on the rent? ;)

Posted by: BloodSpite at August 21, 2007 02:52 PM

Um, yea, Selma Hayek has some bushy eyebrows. Somebody ought to introduce that girl to a pair of tweezers....LOL. Did you get my bomb?

Posted by: Carmen at August 21, 2007 04:51 PM

You call those things bushy?

Now Brooke Shields... SHE had some serious caterpillar brows :-)

Posted by: Harvey at August 21, 2007 08:37 PM

Congrats on the abode!

this is weird, but... have never met you in person, you live over 1000 miles away now... knowing that you're moving farther away makes me kinda sad.

You sound thrilled, though, so that's a good thing :)

Posted by: Jean at August 22, 2007 04:11 AM

You're lucky you made it out of Oklahoma on Sunday.
Glad to hear you found digs and had a good scenic trip back home.

Posted by: Tina at August 22, 2007 10:30 AM

How wonderful to share the sights with your mother. I know the beauty must have been breath taking for her to experience...nice going.

Glad you found your dwelling place. One advantage to moving is you get a new beginning. Best to you!

Posted by: h~ at August 22, 2007 05:53 PM

Home? I'm thinking you don't know where "home" is any more... ;)

Posted by: Ogre at August 23, 2007 07:19 AM

I understand Jean's comment, because I was excited about you moving closer to where I live - in fact about 1000 miles ;-)

I do envy you being able to drive up into Sequoia and Yosemite when you want to, and even Vegas and the Grand Canyon. Whoo hoo!

Posted by: Barb at August 26, 2007 09:20 AM

Congrats on the new crib. When are you moving out there for good or are ya already gone?

Posted by: Painted Lady at August 27, 2007 10:36 AM

Found out about your move at Tammi's. Best of luck. I've driven places you described, but a little further south, east of LeMoore. It is beautiful country. The Anchor Steam should be eye-watering fresh there.


Posted by: Smokin at August 29, 2007 04:45 PM