It was time to head home to Arizona today. Auntie Sigie wanted to head back up the mountain to see Auntie Tia before we all got on the road and I wanted to head down to Rancho Cucumonga to go to Tai Pan Trading. We were all going to go to breakfast first, but it didn't work out like that at all. Oh well. We were going to go to the Big Boy, but once we drove over there, we saw that it was out of business. I hadn't been to a Big Boy in years - since I was a child, in fact. Bummer! So, we headed down the freeway and parted ways, planning to meet up with Lisa and her folks somewhere along the road later in the morning.
Lately, I have a hard time with the way Melon Man speeds down mountainous roads. It was no different today and I just had to take a picture of this sign to remind him to SLOW DOWN!
As we drove down Cajon Pass, I looked off to my right and could see what I have dubbed as Walgren Mountain. From the amounts of snow, I "think" this is their mountain.
Soon, we were cruising down the hill at exhorbitant speeds and I was freaking out telling Melon Man to slow down or we were going to have to use this emergency runaway truck lane! I've always been afraid that I'd have to someday use one of those. I guess it came from growing up near Parley's Summit and seeing that runaway lane every time we went to the Uintah Mountains to go camping or fishing.
Okay, so once a big, ginormous, fully-loaded semi truck loses its brakes and comes careening (sp?) down a 6 or 8% grade road at 264 miles per hour and decides to pull into the runaway truck lane, do you mean to tell me that this little patch of gravel is going to stop it along with that little "lip" at the end? And, what is on the other side of that "lip"? If the truck doesn't stop, where does it go? Does it fly off into la-la land? Does it magically stop? What happens? What happens? I need to know!
So, we jumped back on the freeway, turned on the Garmin again, and started driving for home. Man, am I glad we have our Garmin. After our Mio got stolen right out of our truck while in the driveway, I decided to buy a Garmin instead because of the Bluetooth capabilities and lane-assist feature. It was nice having it to guide us around those wild California freeways. We called Lisa and asked where they were. They were just leaving the mountain so we decided to take our time and stopped for some food and beverage in Calimesa. Love those Beefy 5-Layer burritos from Taco Bell! Yum-o-la! And...they are cheap!
We were so close to the cemetery where Wendy is buried that we decided to go "see" her while we waited for them to arrive. Her grave still did not have a headstone so we had to search and search until we found it by the marker.