My morning was a bit rushed, I needed to be out before Rachel had to leave for work. Luckily, I didn’t really need to do anything other than put on my kilt and grab my bags.
My first stop was at a drug testing lab on my way out of town. Apparently my new employer wants to make sure I don’t smoke pot. I have to say, I have been drug tested before when working in the construction world, but never before have I had to pee in a cup for a theatre gig… I mean generally speaking in the live entertainment world what you do on your time is no concern for anyone else. But hey, I am moving up the food chain and heading to a company that is known for being different than the others. So I suppose if peeing in a cup is the biggest surprise then I am doing OK!
Up next was my escape from civilization. I drove into San Francisco through wine country, well I drove out through Almond country. Nothing but Almond groves as far as the eye could see. I wish I had stopped to take a picture.
The only stop I did make was at a Jiffy Lube. I realized that Jeff was about 2000 miles over due for an oil change. Well after talking to them I realized that he was over due for pretty much everything… I ended up getting the motor oil, all of the gear boxes, and the transmission fluid changed. It was a 3 hour delay that I had not planned on, but Jeff was driving so much better when I got out of there. The manager also gave me a 10% discount when he heard about this adventure. Finally Jeff is getting some of the respect his position warrants. Haha
The drive from there was all back roads and about 50 miles away from civilization I saw the dreaded “Road Closed in 1 Mile” no detour signs just a sign that might as well of read “screw you”. Well I don’t take kindly to being told no without an explanation, and with no detour sign it’s not like I had an obvious other choice. So I drove down the road to see what I could see. Nothing for 5 miles other than other “road closed signs”. Then I came across a bridge. A partial bridge actually. It was basically just a concrete box with gravel over it, no guard rail, and construction equipment all over the place. I stopped and started searching for an alternate route. That’s when I saw a California Highway Patrol SUV come speeding around the corner (no sirens or anything like that) and just blow right over the bridge like it was nothing.
Well monkey see, monkey do… I didn’t hit that bridge with the same speed, but I did cross it. I also crossed the next 4 bridges I can across in the same condition.
Finally I made it to my campsite. I got everything set up and had my dinner, Mountain House Chicken Noodle. This campground is a ghost town, just me and the host, so I went to bed early. Tomorrow I’ll head into Yosemite and do some hiking, I can’t wait to see this place in person!
Daily Scavenger Hunt score: 0
Total score to date: 23
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