Mother Nature and I really aren’t exactly on the same page, but it is that time of year with changing seasons, so perhaps I need to find Ms. Nature’s page. According to Weather Underground, we’ve got lots of different kinds of precipitation heading our way accompanied with a wide range of temperatures from not too chilly to downright cold. We are staying in a ski resort, after all. There is a distinct excitement in the air. If its raining down here, it’s making lovely snow up on the mountains.
This morning offered some excitement. We were just sitting down to our breakfast of coffee and scones when the fire alarm went off. At first we thought it was just our room and the smoke alarm battery was getting funky. Plugging my ears, I insisted that Al crawl up onto a chair and take that bloody battery out before my ears began to bleed.
But issue wasn’t a faulty alarm, as the siren in the hallway was indicating to us that perhaps we should evacuate. So I grabbed our passports and wallets, our coats and shoved everything in a backpack and we left the room, heading to the closest exit staircase. Down we went, with me wondering to Mr. Al why I didn’t bring a camera along with me to document our events. And Mr. Al wondered back why we didn’t bring our electronics. Some people had even managed to pack. Others were just happy to be out.
I’ve got the sensitive ears. Mr. Al’s got the nose. He said he smelled bacon and that’s about it, so not to worry. We milled about for while with the other evacuees, watching the firetruck pull up letting two firemen out in their yellow slickers and axes.
They quickly vanished into the building.
Still going with the flow, Mr. Al and I decided that we may as well go to the farmer’s market that was just getting set up since we’d eventually find out if the timeshare was going to burn to the ground with all our stuff and we’d been planning to go to the farmers market anyway.
How I wish I’d brought my camera…there were buskers playing their music and lots of veggies and breads beautifully displayed. We bought apples and broccoli for dinner tonight and some home made steak and mushroom pies. And a soft cheese with truffle to eat with crackers. In my attempt to catch up with Ms. Nature, i also bought a warm hat and we both bought gloves. Lots of friendly doggies to pat as well. We miss our beasties when we go on trips, but they’re being pampered by the Mary Poppins of Pet Sitters and aren’t missing us at all.
About an hour or so later, we returned to find our timeshare intact. The front desk said that someone had tripped the alarm in error.
So now we know.
Having snacked at the market, we weren’t hungry and decided to rent some bikes. But the rain started to come down in earnest, and since I’ve got a slight cold, we decided to do something more cozy. On the premises is an eucalyptus steam room. We spent the afternoon filling our lungs with eucalyptus steam, swimming in the heated pool and sitting in the hot tub. Came back, lit a fire, took naps and read.
Maybe we’ll rent bikes tomorrow.