Is someone watching us?!

Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
Trip End Sep 16, 2012

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I woke up early this morning and spent it darting from window to window gawping at the tall trees and lake. Dan communicated by occasionally grunting and rolling over in his sleep. We had already decided that today would be the day of resting as most of the places round here were a big drive away and Dan had a big drive to get here and has a big drive tomorrow so something with limited driving is the best option.

I pottered about getting ready at a leisurely pace ; which was aided by the giant room/ mini apartment as it meant I didn't wake Dan. After I had readied myself I woke Dan who said it was nice to be woken with me having already got dressed and done my hair and make up... Apparently he had been alarmed each morning by this rancid mass of hair with wonky glasses rammed in only to magnify baggy mole eyes blackened by yesterday's make up... Apparently that is not a nice thing to wake up to. I should really work on that.

We decided to check out the local shops as we needed the posty card for Geoff and a magnet, ( which we have started collecting from each

town in our OCD fashion). Ironically Dan decided to drive despite there being 3 yards betwixt the hotel, shops and diners. We did spend a good 45 minutes running around the shop full of stuff we didn't need; but really wanted.

We then went over to the BBQ diner and had some tastey food. It was awesome. The only down side was all the flies but the waitress said there was nothing to be done. Dan said it was 'just like Ethiopia', then I spent the rest of the meal explaining why Yosemite wasn't like Ethiopia and then drawing comparisons betwixt the two.

We then went to visit the beautiful lake with its lovely lime stone rocky out crops and many many sea birds and stinky flies. We took a few photos and then drove back, the 17 yards, to the hotel. There were lots of warning signs that the road was being painted, Dan just drove through the paint and left a little trail of white dots leading up to Lucille, I wonder if they'll know it's us?

We spent the afternoon lazing on the balcony reading in the sun. It was so hot at one point Dan dragged the fan out of the kitchen on to the balcony. Anyone else looking up would have had no doubt at all that we were British: flopping about on a pile of sofa cushions and bed eiderdown listening to music on the mini speaker, me laughing horsily to my own jokes and Dan leering at one of his many Nuts and Zoo boob special magazines. All class.

As the sun was starting to set we leapt into Lucille and drove over to a point at Mono Lake we were told was particularly purdy at sunset and for star gazing by a local. As we were driving we took a turn down a wilder route to get to the lake, Dan suddenly said, "hmm what's that a head?", I looked up and saw three large stags standing proud in the road. Now, most folks, when seeing large animals/ rocks/ people/ lumps with the potential to ram into you car in front of you, slow down to avoid. Dan, keen to comprehend what it was in front, sped up. Then we found ourselves in one of those hideously predictable comedy scenes from a terribly film of me shouting, "DEER! DEER!" and Dan mistaking it for a high volume term of endearment, before he finally swerved to avoid and the stag cantered off in a graceful manner into the undergrowth, almost identical to the warning signs for deer by the side of the road. *tut* henyway, we watched the sun set and decided to get dinner bought from the market and take pictures of the stars at the other location we went to earlier as there would be less people.

We ran around the market with me scream beef and cheese as Dan ignored me, then went to ye lake. Decided it would be easier to put the roof down so that I wouldn't have to get out the car. As I was setting up the camera on the roof bit I saw Dan staring out to the left then suddenly wind up the window. I asked him what was wrong and he said, "oh nothing.... Just thought i saw two eyes watching us over there..." I decided that he was just a bit wigged out by the dark so I continued taking photos. Now, for those unfamiliar with photographing the stars; you need to put the camera on a long exposure to get more stars in. I just set the camera to go and then I heard a loud rustling noise about 15 yards in front of the car. "put the roof up Dan!" I uttered in a slightly tense whisper as the camera took forever to do the 30 second exposure. We sat there for 4 years whilst the roof took it's time to close and then we had to hurdily close the widows and speed off back to the safety of the hotel. I do not know what was watching us but I know it takes a lot to put the collywobbles up Dan, (snakes excluded), so glad we got away in time. I just hope it isn't watching us now, there are a lot of windows in this place...
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