Vot a Veekend!
First of all…the Texan, and the vegetarian librarian cancelled at the last minute. They missed a lot of fun.
We camped at…and rented a raft from – Adventure Outdoors. It’s a nice campsite. There’s a side with electrictiy, and a side without. There were enough members of the group with fond memories of boy scouts or girl scouts that it was decided we didn’t need no electrictity. And, for the most part, we didn’t. We had enough people with enough knowledge to keep the campfire going, and actually prepare some better than edible meals.
We took the 9 mile float trip that was supposed to be a 7-hour float. We reached the end in 9 hours, but we did stop for lunch. The biggest problem was that the water level was a little low and there were several spots we had to get out of the raft and push it. That was annoying. (And confused the two dogs that were along for the ride.) Several of us were very tired at the end of 9 hours.
Guy with a mini drank way too much beer, and got sunburned…a very bad combination. We forced him to rehydrate himself with some water Saturday night.
Let’s see…what else have I forgotten? Oh, yes. We were in two rafts, and we decided to link the two rafts together with a rope. In some cases, this was helpful, as if one raft got into trouble, the other raft with a little properly placed momentum could get it out. However, in one particular instance, each raft was headed to the opposite side of a tree branch that ended up hitting the guy in the rear of one of the two rafts and sending him over(board) and under(raft). Guess who this lucky guy was?
Luckily, I know how to swim, I wasn’t knocked unconscious by the branch, and I kept my cool. Someone was about to jump in after me when I came up out of the water. Once I got back into the boat someone mentioned there were a few things missing from my head. Considering the things which could have been missing (eye, nose) the fact that it was a bandanna on loan from from a fellow camper, and my eyeglasses, could be considered a relief.
Several went back to the scene of the accident and looked for both. But it was a lost cause. (I stayed on the raft during this time, because as much as I would have liked to have joined the search, without my glasses, I wasn’t much help.)
As I told one person…I sometimes get jokes from people who tell me that I wear my glasses too long past the point of fashion. I basically don’t get new glasses until G-d tells me it’s time to get new glasses. G-d has come up with some creative methods in the past — this probably tops them all.
That was Saturday. On Sunday about noon I called LensCrafters at the Galleria and checked to see if they had my prescription on file. Of course they did. They were the ones from whom I last got my glasses. However, that was 6 years ago, and they weren’t willing to make me glasses from that prescription (understandable) so I had to schedule an eye exam. I scheduled it for their last possible appointment of the day, and with someone else driving, a few of the remaining Adventurers (Guy with a Mini, Toy Lady, and their two dogs went home…neither of the two humans in any condition to go winetasting, both suffering from sunburns) spent a couple hours at one of our favorite vineyards, Peaceful Bend. I had a hard time ‘seeing’ the legs on the wine as I ‘swirled’ it. However, the ‘smelling’ ‘sipping’ and ‘savoring” went fine. I brought home a bottle of their Late Harvest Chardonel dessert wine.
The Piano Teacher drove me to the Galleria, and spent some time doing some shopping of her own. The customer service at Lenscrafters was excellent. Due to scheduling my eye exam for a late appointment, selecting my new frames was pushed up close to the normal closing time for those who make the eyeglasses. (They promise eyeglasses in an hour. The store closes at 6, so when 5 approaches, the workers get a little anxious and naturally hope they don’t get a last second order. I was that order, and they had already shut the machines down, but they started them back up, as I explained to them…I need my glasses.)