Wild Monsters In The Dark?

Today I begin a journey that will take about nine hours – ending tonight at my parents farm.

It’s pretty ridiculous – what you have to go through to get to AbsolutelyNowhere, Oregon.  I could get to New York faster.

(The above photo was taken at the Central Coast vineyards – not at my parents farm.)

I caved in yesterday and went to vist my local Verizon store.

I got a pre-paid, absolute minimum use, MiFi.  If it works, I’ll be able to access the Internet while on my trip.

I only put a tiny bit of prepaid service on it, so I may only be able to use it once while I’m gone.  I’m not quite sure how much time my 30 bucks is paying for.

(I can “reload” the MiFi if I take future trips to No-Internet-Access locations.)

If the MiFi doesn’t work from AbsolutelyNowhere, Oregon, I’ll make a trip into the city at some point and try to find a Starbucks.

Heck, it’s only an hour drive each way.

Before purchasing the Mi-Fi, I called my parents to see if they have cell phone service at their house.  (MiFis require it to work.)

My dad’s answer …?

“If you stand by the front living room window, you can sometimes get a cell phone to work.”


Like I said, I’m traveling to AbsolutelyNowhere, Oregon.

My mom got on the phone and our conversation went something like this:

Mom:  We have some type of wild cat roaming the property lately.  If you’re lucky you might be able to get a photo, but it will be tough.

24:  You have a mountain lion?

Mom:  Noooo … it isn’t a mountain lion.  I’m not sure what it is.  It stalks deer and other animals.  It has a long tail.  It’s back is a little higher than a person’s knees.

24:  Is it a wolf?

Mom:  No, it’s some type of wild cat.

24:  Is it a bobcat?

Mom:  No, it’s bigger.  Really a long tail!

24:  You want me to go outside and take photos of a big, unidentified, wildcat while it’s hunting?

Mom:  It would be next to impossible to capture a photograph.

24:  I’m afraid to come visit you.

Mom:  Oh, I don’t think it will eat YOU.  All the animals around here are acting very afraid of it though.

24:  I bet!

Mom:  It would probably be afraid of a person.

24:  Probably??

Mom:  I’ve never seen anything like it.  I can’t figure out what it is.

(This is very concerning because my mom is a walking encyclopedia of every plant and animal in existence.)

24:  Is it Bigfoot?

Mom:  No, he lives further north.

24:  Ahhh!

I guess it will be a very interesting few days.  I may, or may not, get eaten alive by Unknown Predator In The Woods.

P.S.  I’ve pre-scheduled a couple photo posts to go up this weekend.  If I get the Mi-Fi to work, I’ll have a post up for Monday.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even SEE whatever this THING is in the forest!

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