Saturday, September 19, 2009
It had been ages since my last stay at the Antelope Lodge and I suddenly got the urge yesterday. Had a little rain in the morning and I was not in the mood to get swamped in so I hit the road north. Puttered around town all day then settled into my room with a large veggie lovers pizza from Pizza Hut, 2 quarts of Gatorade, cable TV, and an unlimited shower. I think I used one months worth of Field Lab style water for a single shower. Hunkered in to the queen sized bed, ate pizza, and watched TV till my eyes bled. Funny thing was, I didn't sleep that well in the big/strange/comfy bed and dreamt about welding all night. Ran into my friend Brenda that still works there right after I checked out this morning - she told me she reads the blog every day (Hi Brenda!) and asked how Benita was.
Had my civilization fix quickly then ran errands around town. Noticed that the rock star ride I saw months ago in Alpine is for sale now. Don't think it's quite right for a Field Lab road show so I think I will pass. Picked up more free windows from my friends Suzy and Alec. They are my (oldest) friends in Alpine because Suzy used to work at the Antelope Lodge when I first came to the area. I stopped by their antique store on the way out of town to make a purchase - it was the least I could do after getting 9 windows from them. Found this little knick-knack from India that ought to enhance my grill servings.
When I came back out my dirt road I noticed Dick Cain's truck and horse trailer on the road. Saw him and his son rounding up more longhorns - was worried that Benita might have gotten caught in the group since I only left her one small snack before I bugged out. As I drove up my driveway, there she was in the shade right in front of my house. She got a BIG snack and 5 gallons of water for waiting for me to return.