SAY IT AIN’T SO
Unfortunately when we pulled over right across the busy PCH from Malibu Seafood, Tahia was real fussy again. We knew she was hungry and we weren’t going to risk crossing the road by foot. So we spent some time trying to feed and change her before I would go across the PCH solo and order to go while Julie and Tahia remained in the car.
But with Tahia being the grazer that she was, we had to endure yet another marathon feeding. I swore it must’ve been another 20-30 minutes before I finally got to go across to the Malibu Seafood.
Once I made my move, as I was standing on the island in the middle of the busy highway looking to make the last crossing to the roadside cafe, some folks sitting in the outdoor seats were staring at me. And when I returned the stare, I suddenly realized that I recognized those faces.
Without hesitation, we waved at each other!
After crossing the road, I forgot about taking the order and walked right over to their table. Indeed, it was Stacey, Andy, John, and Lillian along with one of Andy’s friends enjoying the food here. Apparently, they had finished an excursion to Escondido Falls earlier in the day, and they even said that they reached the upper waterfall with the assistance of some ropes that were left dangling there. I recalled doing this with my parents a couple of years ago, but Mom and I didn’t make it to the upper falls.
Anyways, I was amazed at the randomness of it all. It just so happened that they were going on a hike on a whim on the same day that we decided to just go for it and take Tahia on her first waterfalling excursion.
Once we all got reacquainted (it had been at least 7 years since we all went to Yosemite together and with some of us making it to the top of Half Dome!), it was their turn to make the risky highway crossing so they could see Tahia and Julie for the first time since Tahia’s birth.
Eventually after I got my rather expensive order of Ahi Burgers and Fish Tacos, we rejoined the unexpected gathering and mingled with them. Perhaps they were more cognizant of our food getting soggy than we were, but when you’re amongst friends in the most unlikely of circumstances, who cares?
After another 20-30 minutes or so of chatting and getting caught up, it was time for all of us to get going as it was getting late in the afternoon. Once Julie and I finished with Tahia’s marathon feeding and diaper change, we finally had our soggy food before heading home at 5:45pm.
The drive home wasn’t as eventful as this morning, but it still wasn’t until 7pm when we made it home. We were certain today’s little excursion messed with Tahia’s nap and feeding routine. But we ought to be allowed a brief deviation here and there, aren’t we?
In any case, it was a struggle but it seemed like taking Tahia along with us on our waterfalling excursions was doable. However, what was once expected to be a 4 or 5-hour half-day affair (including the driving) turned out to be an all-day event. Clearly we’ll have to slow things down and be less ambitious if we are to bring Tahia along on our waterfalling endeavors.
Indeed it’s back to basics – it was like starting our waterfalling all over again…