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:
29 thoughts on “A Volcanic Week”
Beautiful photographs, and equally beautiful children!
Judy… Thanks so much for the visit! I have been remiss in visiting many of the blogs… I still need to look into that car for you! 😦
Hi Koji! It’s Deborah, not Judy! And I’m not sure about the car either….. 🙂
LOL!! Old man’s brain fart! Had you flipped with a different series of WWII letters! Duh! Situation corrected! 🙂
Same here, National cookie day means I bake and they eat. Sucks. I love the apple pie, looks so gooey and moist inside Yum! If you have time, please teach us the recipe 🙂 Your son took beautiful shots and I love that place but it looks very hot.
Thanks for stopping by! While it was a tad toasty in the sun, it was quite chilly if you were in the shade cast by a boulder. And thanks for your kind comments about my son’s photography. I’ll let him see this to boost his confidence!
As for the apple pie, the crust recipe comes out of Cook’s Illustrated but I use the recipe from Cathy Thomas Cooks for the apples…with a squirt or two of lemon juice added. 🙂 http://cathythomascooks.com/2012/06/28/july-4th-upside-down-treats-blueberries-plums-nectarines-and-apples/
Thanx for the link Koji I will check it out and hopefully have time to make it this New Year!:) Merry Christmas to you and your family 🙂
Merry Christmas to you and your fam, too!
I need to come back and read the rest in a bit – but just wanted to say that the pie – mmmm to homemade – okay – I shall be back later on when I can take my time and read – 🙂
Thank you for visiting though! I hope you are warm!
well I am glad I came back – and first of all – the blue in the skies in your photos – incredible. ❤
what a camera – and what an eye you have for shots. Then, the personal touches in your writing – just keep getting better.
also chuckling at the way you write about the things we do as parents – the last minute "oh there's a meeting – tonight!" and droning home for this and that –
anyhow, my son's home for the holiday break and he is making some of his homemade apple pie – it is one of the few specialties he has – and here are two he made in November (had to share cos of your mini vid – which I think I caught a hint of the aroma from that video – just a hint… mm)
Oh man!!! Laticed!!!!! Yummy lookin’ as heck!
Great photos, kids, the desert and Koji’s homemade apple pie!! But your commentary had me in stitches!! A terrific start to my day!
Good morning, gpcox! 🐣
Like father like son, Like father like daughter. Each of them sharing something you enjoy doing! And what a wonderful day!!! I love the photographs! How about one of the three of you next time???
Thanks, Chatter Master…but my belly wouldn’t fit in a picture. 🐸
Oh Koji…..for someone who honors family and photography so much…..you as much as anyone should know how important it is to be in these pictures with your children in these places!!!!!!!
The black/whites are SO effective..REALLY nice photos, thanks!
And really busy week! Do you ever say “Gee, I’m sorry, but I can’t”? 🙂
Had to rib you.
It all sounds GREAT….and delicious!
You know, perhaps you’re right, Geeez… Maybe I should say no more often. I’ve been doing what I can for them due to the divorce but maybe its time… And thank you for your compliments on the photos!
What a great dad! And funny. Good photos, too. All to be expected… 🙂 –Curt
All to be expected?? Not very comforting, Curt… I’ve got years to go yet! lol
Just inching up the bar. 🙂
That is a hectic life you lead! You can’t get it right all the time but you sure do try hard. Great photos – Jake looks to have inherited your talent.
Aw, thank you for all the compliments! Frankly, I think my son has a better eye for art than me. 🙂
Good fun post. Been there, done that… though never a 240 x 2 mile trip. The pay-off comes years down the line, but it’s good when you get there.
When you get there, Hilary? So that means you got there! 🙂
This is too funny, Koji-san! I won’t tell you what life is like with my daughter – she’s 18, and I needed a laugh after today. Haha, you have years to go yet! Beautiful photos, beautiful kids. You’re a good dad. Thanks so much for sharing.
Thank you, Linda. And I hate to break this to you… Years to go? Try decades! lol And a good dad? I dunno about that. Things don’t come instinctively for me!
I love the story of your adventure. You all took some fabulous photos!