Just making the days float by…
Have you ever had a time, where just by chance things happen to flow smooth like clock work, everything just fell into place as if it was planned and organized.
Have you ever had an organize plan un-fold in front of you, with different challenges, adding more interest into the plan then expected.
Like Thelma and Louise, Valerie and I were two ladies out on a road trip, Except! to save some driving time we flew out from Medford Airport on a delayed flight, heading toward Las Vegas and there we shall rent a car to continue our journey and destinations.
The first blessing was the delayed flight.
The second blessing on the journey was at the selected car rental agency.
By the time we arrived and stood in line only five people were in front of Valerie, a couple and three individuals. The agency counter had one service person helping clients.
So, I sat still in a nice little chair with Honey, manning the luggage and keeping focus on the progress. In fact as I scan the other rental agency they also were at a stand-still. Forty-five minutes later only two customers were taken care of. When Valerie made it to the counter, I could hear complaints from the new arrivals. Valerie allowed one person to go ahead of her.
The gentleman at the counter asked if Valerie would wait, so he could tend to other customers until help arrived.
She agreed with a request. Thirty-five minutes pass before the second person came on deck, only to help someone else first, by passing Valerie and he also was a bit out-of-place
With luck, our original gentleman accommodated Valerie and the request of up grade, with no extra fees was given. Patience for more than two hours, handed us a white convertible, Valerie blessed it White Goddess.
By this time we were a wee bit tired since it was now after 2 a.m. and the next goal was to get to Main Stripe where night life never dies in Las Vegas. After we cat and mouse our self away from the airport and rental agency we soon arrived to the Hotel.
Our third blessing was a very nice impressive place, except we had a little problem during check-in. First thing I thought was “How long is this going to take,” half-an-hour later we were heading toward the room.
At first glance the room was huge, large enough to invite 20 people over for a cocktail party. Since the room presented a nice feeling, I sat for a moment on the couch, removed my shoes to walk around in my socks, only to find two large wet spots in the dinette which was carpeted as well.
At first sunrise we both were up, Valerie for her walk, I setting the camera for a few pictures, and Honey still sleeping with her paw under her chin.
Honey and I walked around, Honey smelling grass and trees, while I was looking for that special image with trees and grass for the background. We also glance at the concrete jungle, before returning to a more pleasing playground for Honey.
Before the hour pass our plan was to load the car with a few goodies like a cooler for refreshments, lots of sugar candy bars, chocolate bars, chips, case of water, a few personal items like tooth paste, covers for the seats and on and on.
With the trunk full and a breakfast burritos in hand we were ready. Tired but happy, feeling wild free and silly, we followed the signs out of the city and head south,
singing, laughing, and gabbing, and letting the cell-phone GPS
give directions, our attitude was worriless.
As the hours rolled so did the wheels on the car until we needed to raise the convertible top due to wind shift, coming from behind us.
As the landscape changed I was glued to its beauty, than Valerie started
noticing her favorite cactus hadn’t appeared yet. In fact we notice the GPS
was very quiet for a while as well, but for some reason we let that thought go.
Without realizing it, we were claiming elevation and between spots was small patches of grass with cattle followed by miles again of sand, with flakes of snow lightly coming across the windshield.
Valerie stated once again out loud, “I don’t see any Joshua or any cactus.” And since I only read about climate and only looked at pictures of landscape with mountains, I had not a clue and just continue to enjoy the view.
As the car continue to roll forward and the snow fall was thickening, as well as sticking to the road, I looked deeper into the landscape. I suddenly told Valerie, “Cactus does not grow in snow this thick”. We than realize we missed the turn off about a 100 miles behind us.
Than the song “100 miles Away from Home” started playing in my head. About 17 to 22 miles behind us was a construction area, where we just bypass state highway 89 exit.
I watch the temperature drop to 34 degrees, as the white goddess turned around heading back toward the sunshine and from Interstate 40 we headed south on highway 89. Squalls were in sight and the landscape changed again as the temperature raised quickly to the upper 50’s.
As we proceeded south the car was hit hard by a passing dust devil, this first one ready Valerie for the few smaller ones that welcomes us as well to Arizona.
Just before sunset we stopped to visit a few friends, than headed on to our destination.
Our forth blessing also took us by surprise. The place was very nice on the outside, but our room really didn’t represent the pictures seen on the internet.
Since we arrived just before the office closed, we stayed in the room that seem to me be under some type of construction since the kitchen wasn’t completed in one room. The next morning, I requested a change explaining what we were given was not what we requested. After a bit of influence a gentleman came over quickly and answered my request.
Since, Valerie and I needed to leave they allowed our luggage to stay in the room as well as offering us the keys to our new quarters.
When the rush of the day pass and with our luggage in hand we open the door to our new room, much better. Later satisfied and rested almost sound asleep, a familiar alarming sound started off, one that my dog Missy hates. She dislike it so much she would jump on me than go to the alarm and barks at it.
So here we are in my room after 11pm running for a chair from the dinette area, so I could disconnect the battery. The sound was so harsh Honey couldn’t handle it. I’m sure we made enough noise to waken the people above us as well as below our room.
Taking the battery out didn’t shut it off completely, but it did cut the sound down to a chirp. As luck would have it, no one was on duty after 10pm, but we had the keys to the other room so I exchanged batteries.
The following morning I’m in the office before it’s open to customers, explaining my concern. The young lady was very helpful and said “That happens a lot,” continuing with “We don’t have anyone on duty after the office is closed, so exchanging the batteries out, you won’t be charged an extra fee.” We laugh, about the whole thing and continued until a customer entered the room. It was good to met someone with a sense of humor first thing in the morning.
Valerie and I had many other little blessing that taught us how to float during this journey.
For example; it is better to cook, instead going out to eat.
Also do not put your room keep in the same pocket as your cell phone.
We learn customers steal chili-pepper and tabasco sauce from popular restaurant, so were better off carry our own seasonings, if or when we go out for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
We learn that our car had a flexible cord holding something in place when we lift the hood to check the transmission fluid, So with a little bit of work on Valerie part and several hours out of a day the white goddess was ex-changed for a smokey gray color convertible, freeing us from a problem cruise control, and a possible transmission failure. And the list goes on….
Out of every negative outcome, something change for the better, it was work yet it was better. The teaching through this journey isn’t finished yet, but
Learning how to float is very important, while having good friends with fresh ideas always helps. No journey is without a learning experience. Think good and good things happen.