Few days ago I told my hubby that after our trip to Lake
Tahoe we didn’t go to any mountain trip. So, last Sunday morning suddenly he suggested
going to hike at Sunol Regional wilderness. We also had some work to be done in
Pleasanton, so I agreed to go hiking. After finishing our work at Pleasanton my
hubby started driving on Calaveras road, not knowing where to go. After
sometime we realized that we were not going to any hiking area, but we were
going upward on the mountain. The road was extremely narrow. First, the road
was not scary. However, gradually the road started getting narrower. Moreover,
the other side of the road was the gorge. I was just missing my heartbeat in
every moment. On the top of that, from the back-seat of car, the little one was
constantly calling, ‘baba baba’ (daddy, daddy). Whenever I was telling him to
stop, because his daddy was driving on a mountain road, he stopped for a while
before started calling his daddy again. I was too scared to watch through the
window of the other side of the car. While going upwards it was better, because
the gorge was on the other side. I was anticipating our condition at the time
of coming down. At that time the gorge would be just next to us. There was no
option to make u-turn, like any other mountain road. Also, there were very, very
few turnouts. On our journey, I only found two turnouts. I was just searching any
place to make a U-turn. However, when we reach such a place, my hubby stopped
the car to check the route in GPS. He told that the Calaveras reservoir was only
few miles away. I agreed to go. Again, same kind of road appeared in front of
us. I was just cursing myself for agreeing with him. At last we reached a small
turnout. I asked him whether, he could make a u-turn.
He told that he could do
that easily. Anyway, I got down there to see the vast reservoir. I didn’t even
know that there was a huge reservoir, from where most of water supply was done
to bay area. Actually some projects were going on there, and the work was
closed on Sunday, so we landed in a total deserted place. When I saw the huge
machineries from the top, I was just wondering, how people drove such huge
machineries on the top through a narrow serpentine road. My husband asked me to
go and see the reservoir. As I crossed the road and went to the other side a
huge blue lake came in the view. In the calm and serene place the lake added a
beauty there. I didn’t want to stay in such a deserted place for a long time. I
was just thinking about taking U-turn such a place. When my hubby took the
u-turn I felt that we were going down to the gorge. I again missed heartbeat.
The downward road was more dangerous, as the gorge was just beside us. Whenever
my hubby wanted to tell something I asked him to concentrate on driving. Each
and every moment was a challenge. In such a deserted place lack of mobile
network added much owe to the situation. This is the first time I felt that how
the mobile phone became indispensable in our life! A decade ago I didn’t even
think about taking a mobile phone with me, though it was already in the market.
It seemed that my hubby facing difficulty to control the car. The car was just
rolling down the hill by itself. I was waiting eagerly to reach the plain land.
It was a great relief after getting down.
I just poured one full bottle of
water in my mouth. It really a nerve-wrecking drive. We just went there without
knowing what was ahead there. Though we didn’t go to the end of the road,
whatever distance we covered, was really dangerous. The elevation was not much.
We went to Mariposa Grove in Yosemite, where the elevation was more than 5000
ft. and the road was more dangerous. However, today, I really got scared.
However, on a lazy Sunday afternoon, such a sudden adventure was really freshened
up our mind. Here I should mention the funniest thing happened in this journey.
After coming down we saw a herd of cattle on the ground. I showed them to my
son. He watched them thoroughly. After, we passed by, he told me, “Mama, why
didn’t you take picture of them?”. For a moment I couldn’t find what to answer?
Then all of us laughed out loud. He always saw his mama to take snaps here and
there. so, he knew that whatever mama would see, she should take a picture. ..
innocent mind… but they observe everything very minutely.