Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Armadillos gallop.

I am fading fast, but I wanted to report in my last waning moments of the evening that my sister Mel and her main squeeze Todd were real troopers when we scaled a mountain today, somewhere near an extinct volcano. And, when I say scaled, there was mud and blood and climbing and slipping and makeshift rappelling involved. It wasn't enough to see a pretty waterfall, apparently. We conquered, even when there was talk of turning back (some talking about that much more than others). It was a scene right out of the Mummy and Indiana Jones and, well, Romancing the Stone? Eh, maybe. The moments I'll take away from that experience are many ... nearly knocking myself out on a wall seconds before a rainstorm, discovering a raincoat on a trail that belonged to a man we could only hear but not quite see, marveling at the many cutter ants dutifully carrying their bits of leaves up and down the trail and on and on ... but I'll not soon forget this quote offered up by Melody, in one of several attempts to get us to turn around. It went something like: "I am bleeding! Look at me! Are you not bleeding?!" And, lo and behold, I was. We all were. I look like I've received 50+ lashes right across the ankles. This is some honest-to-goodness earned pain.

In other news, an armadillo came out of nowhere tonight, when I was minding my own business by a pool. It had the power to make me shriek a bit. I surprised myself with that reaction, even. The only ones I'd ever seen before were a purse my mom had made from one growing up and others that'd been squashed all across the highway. This thing came out of nowhere, galloping along, looking like it'd landed here from another planet ... and all I could do was chase it away, trying to take a photograph. I didn't succeed. I'll try again, though. My sis says they pick them up on Animal Planet and get away with it perfectly. I just may test that out.

Six hours from now, we will all be doing this. And I will be so, so tired. But it's exciting to think about as I fade faster than before. It's time to end this, but you know? I like it here. And, if I could just stop calling it Mexico, I'd be set.

6 comments:

frog said...

Sounds like so much fun. We caught an armadillo when I was in Argentina. They are so cute. I couldn't believe that they were so hairy.(even with that armor)

lil' bohemian said...

I had a migraine today and the thought of you screaming like a girl at an armadillo was the only thing that made me laugh. All day.

SJ said...

Haha, you shrieking at an armidillo. I could just imagine it. Sounds like a really great place abounding with memories to be made.

Dainon. said...

It was less of a shriek/scream and more of an audible gasp. I realize that that makes it no better, but the clarification stands nonetheless.

Mel&Todd said...

I would like to add that I did not more than once, ok maybe twice, think we should turn around. AND, my brother, I seem to recall you saying we should turn around at one point. Oh, and what was it you said? "Way to go Mel! I'm really impressed." Thank you very much. I just had to defend the false claim of me being a pansy.

SJ said...

D, your sis seems pretty cool. I respect a girl who doesn't let her bro get away with much ;).