That’s better. Home now a day, slept a bit and tonight, all is back on track. Peanut’s exhausted, so is Sue–so is Sofie. All are in bed asleep as I write this. Scoop too is tired and asleep. I sense hostility and cannot fully blame him. “You went away. Fine, I can accept that. But the food was different, the neighbors at that place were all very noisy and never did seem to sleep. My voice is raw from telling them to shut up. And then, you bring me home for what? A bath! Imagine my disappointment in you. Don’t touch me. Just let me sleep.”
That is, at least, what I think I hear in his looks, his aloofness and his exhaustion. We are talking about serious tired. I put food in his dish and he laid there and watched me do it and didn’t even budge until I put the bowl down and walked away. Usually, his routine is to watch me put the ingredients together, go outside his doggy door and dance about excitedly while looking through the window, making a dash for it when it hits the floor. Not tonight–tonight there was a definite attitude. What can I do? He’s got a right, I suppose.
He’s even a little less territorial than usual. I’ve heard him bark once since I got him home this morning. I think he may be that crapped out, he just cannot even raise his voice. As for petting him? Well, his body is warm indicating life, but his mood is cold. He’s not interested in being petted, he’s not interested in affection. This isn’t terribly unusual and I’ve written about Scoop’s general aloofness before, but this is unusually so. He doesn’t really want much to do with any of us and I think when we all left the house today, he was gratified. Had the place to himself. Nice day, sunshine, cool breeze. He lazed about and didn’t have to bother with us.
Sofie and Peanut and I went off to see College Road Trip. If I had to rate it as a movie, I couldn’t. It wasn’t that good. But, it was a lot of fun–and very funny. Donny Osmond is in it and he is quite hilarious in his role as a doting, syrupy and cheesy father of a college bound daughter. Martin Lawrence is pretty funny, but I fear that got quashed in here. His talent, I’ve always thought, is as the second, the buddy in the buddy film–and he’s good at that. Here, he’s not as funny as he could be if he were cut loose. But, hey–it’s a kid’s film, not an adult’s film. And Peanut thought it was great. I was fascinated when, toward the end of the film, Raven is leaving for college and saying goodbye to her dad. Peanut turned to me and said, “dad, will I have to do that someday?”
“Yes,” I replied. “Someday.” She nodded and turned back to the film, thinking about what it meant.
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Well, it wouldn’t be proper to leave you without a few fine photos. So, here we are:
If you’ve never seen the Grand Canyon before, this will not do it justice. This is looking across from the South Rim, where we were. That’s a bit more than 10 miles across to the North Rim and if you know the area, we’re standing along the Bright Angel Trail head just south and west of the El Tovar hotel.
It was a spectacular day. 66 degrees and lots of sunshine with light breezes. We had lunch at the El Tovar hotel, built in 1901. That too was spectacular.
By contrast, this is Sedona. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is at about 7300 feet in altitude. Sedona is closer to 4000 feet, so it’s easier to breathe and walk around and such. But the beauty is no less intense, if somewhat less…well, Grand. It’s starkly contrasted by the city that has grown up around it full of colorful characters and folks who believe that the red rock formations are some kind of vortex with healing powers, visited by aliens and the like. It’s tourist trap central, too. But the topography is undeniably gorgeous.
This is a plaque on the outside wall of the Lookout Studio on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. All I can really add is….Amen.
We rode the train from Williams to the Grand Canyon. It’s a wonderfully beautiful ride through the high desert. It takes about 2 and a half hours to go the 65 miles up the hill and to the South Rim. The train never goes faster than about 35 M.P.H. But there’s entertainment and food and drinks. There’s a wild west show before you get on and there’s music from a guitar player and a banjo player, both quite good. There’s even a train robbery on the way back when the cowboys who did the show “hold up the train” by riding their horses up to the train, stopping it and getting on. It was fun.
Here are Sofie and Peanut. Sofie’s trying her best to smile for the camera, Peanut was goofing off and this is her “surprised” look. This was taken about half an hour into the train ride up to the South Rim.