It indeed turned out to be a volcanic week. The end began the night before on Saturday at 10:30 pm when my son asked, “Papa, can we go to the Mojave Road tomorrow?”
Mojave Road?? In the morning?? Egads.
The week was already in shambles… full of surprises.
My 13 year old son requested one of my apples pies so I baked one on Tuesday night…from scratch. Crust included – never mind it looked like a clone of Shaq’s head. The pie turned out pretty darned good if you ask him. Can you hear it sizzling as it came out of the oven?:
My 11 year old daughter has multiple dance classes every week night except Friday plus 2-1/2 hours on Saturday – right in the middle of the day. On Thursdays, although she has a two hour window in between two classes, she chooses to stay to chat up a storm with her friends…except last week. As I take her to her 4:30 pm class on the 4th (late again as she is never ready on time), she asks me to pick her up at 5:30 instead! Plus, as she exits the car, she manipulatively says, “…and today’s National Cookie Day, Papa. Can we bake some chocolate chip cookies later tonight?” Geez. Rushed across the street to Ralph’s to pick up more brown sugar and some walnuts then headed home…
As I was pre-mixing the dry ingredients for her cookies, Jack rushes into the kitchen at 5:15 pm all excited. He said, “Papaaa… I forgot to tell you but there’s an orientation night at the high school.”
“Oh…OK. When?” I ask.
“Toooo-night…” in a shy voice…
Holy crap!! I never got a notification of the orientation but it turns out he had taken something home to his mama; of course, she didn’t bother sharing that with me! Then double crap! (There’s a triple crap coming.) I had to pick up my daughter in 15 minutes but the orientation started at 6:00! Arrgghh!
Throw some snacks into a bag, load my son hurriedly into the car, then zip off to her dance studio. I was a few minutes late and she was waiting outside. I am NEVER late when it comes to the kids and especially with my little girl. As I hand her the snacks, I tell her she has to stay because….. 😦 Boy, did she get upset at my son…from a distance!
We get to the auditorium in the nick of time.
We transitioned to a classroom later listening to the IT department head give his presentation when… the triple darn hits. My phone starts vibrating… It’s 6:45 pm… It’s my little girl calling from the dance studio. She forgot a piece of her dance clothes for her 7:30 class. Geez.
I couldn’t leave Jack alone so I had to pull him out of the orientation and rush back to the dance school. I picked her up to take her home as I have NO idea what “thing” she needs. I take her back by 7:20 only to have to pick her up at 8:30.
Ah, the volcanoes…
I had been asking Jack where he would like to go on a Sunday especially since the last two months have been Brooke’s dance, dance, dance for competitions and dance “conventions” every weekend. Saturdays and Sundays. Get up by 5:30 am. Criminy. I felt bad leaving him home but I had no other choice.
So at 10:30 pm on Saturday, he brings up the Mojave Road. He would like to go there. I looked it up. It was a dirt road that makes the Baja 500 look like skateboarding on a sidewalk. Sadly, I said we couldn’t go because it’s 4 x 4 terrain; plus, the rainstorms had made some sections really rough going.
“Jack!! What are you going to do when we get there! Duh!” she asked, then stormed to her room. Oh, man. I feel sorry for her future boy friend. Did I write that? Where’s the backspace…
Believe me, I’d rather fight Godzilla rather than getting the Little Cake Boss out of bed early on a Sunday. Braving an apocalypse, I cracked open her door at 7:30 am; I escaped with just one black eye and a broken arm. But we all managed to get into the car by 8 am. Drove like crazy as it gets awfully cold and DARK real quick out in the desert. We got there a little after noon.
Hole-in-the-Wall is an area where volcanoes spewed lava over millions of years. Geologists theorize that uneven cooling of the layers of lava aided in creating pockets of trapped gasses within. Through the eons, time had eroded away the lava layers, exposing these “holes”. The plateaus surrounding the area were what remains of the tops of the original lava flows millions of years ago. It has also been rumored to have been a hideout for outlaws in the days of the Wild West. Their saddles must have had built-in GPS to have been able to come back to this forsaken place. If it weren’t for Sparklett’s making door-to-door deliveries, they wouldn’t have had water, either.
As this story is getting too long, some snaps by my son and I from Hole-in-the-Wall:
I encouraged Jack to take photos as there is an art show at his school early next year:
This is his result: