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Cali Living by CBHine -- Mission Accomplished

Posted Tuesday, January 8, 2008, at 3:39 PM

Christmas morning was a bit different for us this year. We had opened presents the night before which works out great with two teens since they just naturally stay up all night and sleep most of the day light hours away during holiday breaks. My husband and I were sipping coffee Christmas morning and just enjoying the time to relax and reflect. It's times like these that often my husband David comes up with bright ideas (NOT). His suggestion was that we take a five-mile hike up the San Gabriel Mountains. I do not like to hike. I am very afraid of wild animal attacks so, therefore, I avoid them at all cost, but since it was Christmas I decided to give it a try.

The hike is five miles up a trail with markers and of course five miles down. About two miles up my better half decided that I was much too slow and I should just take my time and meet him at the top, after all he would wait for me there! After he completely disappeared out of my sight, I, on the other hand decided that Jackson (my dog) was too tired to make that last three miles up and I really didn't want to have to carry a 90-pound dog down so I would just head back. Cell phone service is bad in the mountains, so I was unable to relay this change of events to my husband. Also, instead of taking the car home, leaving David to walk, I decided I would just walk and have my son pick me up down the road. Sounded great to me! No Worries!!

After getting home I decided to take a nap and fell asleep. I woke several hours later and then sometime after that I noticed David was not home yet. It started getting dark and one of the kids asked, "Mom where is Dad?" It was about that time my husband came through the door, tongue hanging out and exhausted. It seems he waited for me at the top of the mountain for a long time, then started down the five mile hike finding the car still there and assumed I was lost in the mountains.

Needless to say (mission accomplished), my over achiever husband will be happy to spend a nice quiet relaxing Christmas morning at home from now on.

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