We’re getting ready for company today. Our friends from New Zealand are arriving mid-day tomorrow and will be staying with us for two nights and a day. One of our long-time friends, Mark Fornier, will be taking them for Thursday and Friday of this week.
We saw Mark yesterday when we were at the Mesa Grande Western Ry. in Valyermo, CA. There we rode a 7 1/2″ gauge train through the high desert hillsides, and across two deep, eyes-closed with fear, chasms. There was nothing connecting the sides of the chasm other than the train track under the car I was riding on. Our eldest son was sitting on the car in front of me and knew my fear of heights, and knew the layout of the ride so cautioned me to close my eyes for the bridge up ahead. I did, and only peeked once. Gads!! Absolutely nothing but air all around me — I was sitting on a piece of wood affixed to a milk crate which was affixed to a flat car. My hand holds were fingertip grips to the edge of the bottom of the crate. It was scary, but invigorating, with the wind blowing like crazy and dark clouds hanging overhead. I hung on for dear life and enjoyed every minute of the ride.
We knew the engineer very well, and had complete trust in him. We’ve been friends with Mike Massee for almost as long as we’ve lived here in Tehachapi. He recently married but his wife wasn’t there when we arrived, and when I asked about her, Mike said she was at Knott’s Berry Farms but should be joining him later on. I told him I wanted to meet her. He agreed, and said, “For sure.” She didn’t make it before we had to leave, so I’m going to have to invite them over for a pot luck barbecue some time before we leave for Arizona.
I forgot to bring my camera yesterday, so have to wait for our son to send me the photos he took (with his phone) of the ride and the huge dark cloud that seemed to hang over the whole area, threatening to drown us with rain. We didn’t actually see rain until we approached Tehachapi, where we noticed that dark cloud had moved and was now hovering over our town. By the time we got to the Hwy. 202 turn off, there were huge drops on the windshield, and by the time we arrived home 10 minutes later, I had the windshield wipers on full throttle. It was good to be home safe, warm and dry.
I need to get busy cleaning and getting ready for our house guests so will close this for now with blessings to all. Be safe, be well, and be happy! Remind those you love that you love them.