I don't remember how many curves and turns we navigated. The whole experience was so entertaining and stimulating that I really lost track of the number of times I turned that steering wheel. We laughed, we talked, we must have said a gazillion times, "Oh, my gosh, look at that" and then kept on going. I relished in the fact that we were on no one's schedule but our own and had no one to answer to or be responsible for but ourselves. Everyone should have at least one vacation a year where that kind of freedom can be experienced.
So....I was thinking when we set out that we'd see rocks. Got that. I was expecting to see different kind of plant material. Got that. I was intrigued by all the different kinds of vegetation and the fact that we were passing through the largest cattle ranch in the western world but silly me....did I ever expect to come around a sharp curve and see this in the middle of the road: ?
or these another 25 yards on up the road?
The brown cow in the first picture was in the very middle of the road. I had to slam on breaks to keep from running right into her. How the hell would I explain that to the rental car company? "Sorry, sir, we turned the corner and ran right into her."
We just laughed as she slowly looked up in that mood of, "is there something that you wanted me to do?" and then went about 2 feet over to the side of the road and resumed filling her mouth with something to eat. I have no idea how long she had been in the middle of the road but she took her own sweet time to move out of the way. This gave up plenty of time to snap the photo and laugh some more while we both repeated Little Sister's favorite saying while we are in the car..........."COW!" It's probably one of those things where 'you had to be there' to appreciate the humor in it - but it was hilarious for us.
Interestingly enough, this is one of Little Sister's favorite pictures to look at in our Hawaii slide show (which, by the way, she and I look at almost daily).
Tomorrow: It's actually called a "Caldera" and not a crater.