So there we were. Barb and I were enjoying the peace and quiet of the afternoon out on the porch. A whitetail buck deer munch’in on clover, redtail hawk sitting on a limb, chubby ole groundhog, barking French Bulldog….. truly a Pringleland Delight…. Does it get any better than this? (Lyrics stolen from Alabama…. Well, kinda)
All of a sudden there was a loud bang, a puff of black smoke and a whoop coming from the end of our driveway. “Did you lock the gate?” I asked Barb. “But they are hundreds of miles away, we should be safe” she said. Next thing we knew a rusty old Dodge truck towing a broken down 5th wheel appears over the horizon…. on our driveway!
“Code Olivieri, code Olivieri!” I yelled and sprung into action. Having practiced this drill monthly since 2014 we knew exactly what to do. I ran to the beer fridge and hid all the good beer, Barb ran to the kitchen fridge, hid all the steaks and pulled out at package of hot dogs. “How did they find us?” she screamed. “I don’t know, hide all the valuables!”
As they pulled up Barb and I each said a short prayer and a downed a shot of Fireball. By the time they got out of their truck we had hidden everything that needed hiding. Lisa leapt out of the truck, jumped up and wrapped both her legs around my waist. She gave me a kiss on my neck that I am pretty sure left a hickey that will take a week to fade. She then went over to Barb and gave her a kiss on the lips. "Do you want your gum back?" Barb said. "No, you keep it, I found it under a picnic table yesterday", Lisa replied. Meanwhile, Dino opened his truck door and a pile of beer cans fell to the ground. He walked right by us, into the garage, opened the beer fridge and said “You have my favorite kind of beer!” “Cold?” I replied. “Nope, free!” he said as he popped the top on one and put one in each pocket.
“What an unexpected surprise” Barb said, “How long are you staying?”. “That depends, how much beer you got?” was Dino’s reply.
So started, what we now refer to “Black Tuesday”. They were here, we might as well try and make the best of it.
|The Olivieri rig set up in our RV spot|
Once they were settled in we sat on the porch watch Dino drink beer after beer and got caught up. We had not seen them since October of last year so we had lots of catching up! They brought Moose in for a playdate and Zoey wasted no time investigating this new creature!
The next day was build your own crepe breakfast followed by a Ranger ride through the National Forest.