Chapter Twenty One
It took me 6 days and 5 nights to go from New York to California, to go from “serpent” to “Puppy”, my Prince Charming. I drove about 500 miles each day and slept at hotels each night. I drove up and over the Rocky Mountains. Oh what a beautiful sight that was. What a strenuous trip it was too, going over those mountains. With the little Silver Bullet packed full with stuff; trunk, backseat, front seat, they were all jam packed. We barely made it over them. “Puppy” prayed constantly through the whole trip. We prayed together a lot. We had maps and an entire route planned out. “Puppy” was home at his ‘command station’ guiding me the whole way. I was so excited. I was finally out of the abuse. I was finally on my way to be with the ‘christian man God had for me’.
Day six, arrival day, this would turn out to be one of the happiest, most joyous days of my entire life. I only had 415 miles left to go. I was almost there! I was almost to his door! I left Winnemucca Nevada by 7 am. I went to fill up the gas tank. There were ominous black clouds looming over my head. It was cold, windy, and it was snowy.
I remember that there were these giant tumbleweeds blowing across the road as I drove toward California. They’d blow across in big groups. And they were huge! I mean, there were some that would blow right up to my window and they were as tall as the top of my car. They were as big as recliner chairs. I had never seen anything like that before. That was one adventure I won’t soon forget.
I made it through the whole state of Nevada, with nothing going on. But…when I got to the border of California that was another story.
I was afraid I’d have to have chains when I got to the California border, but thank God that didn’t have to happen. At the border of California there was the Lassen National Forest that I was going to have to drive through. Normally it would be a beautiful drive. But that day, it was horrible. It started raining before I got there and by the time I was there it was raining buckets. It was raining HARD. I entered the forest barely even able to see the roads. Cars going by me would dump buckets of water on me so much I’d have to put my windshields up on high and I could still barely see through the window. And then I had a big scare. Logging trucks started going past me. I thought it was scary when the cars went past me. Nooooo. When the logging trucks went past, they dumped POOLS of water up and onto my car. The road was a sheet of water and I prayed hard that I would not hydroplane. This road was narrow and it was chuck full of very tall steep hills. I felt like I was on a roller coaster, but much more dangerous, because of the rain.
I made it through the forest and I had to go through some more back roads before I got on to I-5, but I finally made it. I was headed home! It was drizzling out, the rain had stopped. I was talking to “Puppy” on the phone amd I was heading down I-5 to finally meet and marry him. I was so excited! I was coming up to his town now. I was finally at the off ramp. It was time to turn right, to go onto the road that would lead me to his home. I turned when the light changed to green and started driving. I only had one more mile to go! I was following the maps and I recognized where I was because months before this “Puppy” took pictures of the road and surroundings and sent them to me. I was driving slowly up the main street to get there. I went ¼ of a mile. I was starting to squeal. I went another ¼ of a mile. The butterflies in my stomach were blowing me away. I went another ¼ of a mile and there was a deer in the road. Finally I only had one more ¼ of a mile to go. I drove so slowly. I was finally there and I turned left into the long parking lot to the apartment complex and I pulled right into the parking spot that he saved for me. I stopped the car. I was talking to him on the cell phone and he said to me, “Are you parked?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “I am about 60 feet from you!!” I squealed and started to cry. I put the phone down and brushed my hair and fixed myself and got back on the phone. Then “Puppy” said to me, “You stay right where you are. I’ll be out in a minute.” I said, “Puppy, I love you”. He said, “I love you too.” I said, “I’m here”…..
I sat and waited. My heart was racing. I was never so excited! He came out his door. He was in an apartment complex so he had to walk down a walkway before I saw him. Then he turned the corner and stopped right in front of the apartment mailboxes, put his arms on top of them, and just stopped and started at me for what seemed like forever! I was crying. He started walking over, down the little steps, down the long sidewalk. I let out one long squeeeeeeeel. And he opened my door, and knelt down beside me. He took my hand and said “Hi honey.” I couldn’t get my hand off my mouth to even say anything. He had to reach in and pry me off my seat. I was just so overwhelmed.
I got out and stood up. I’m five feet, he’s six feet. We kissed our first kiss and it was so wonderful. We must have kissed for an eternity. It was heaven.
We walked into the apartment, holding hands the whole time. I couldn’t believe I was there. We spent the first month just sitting on the loveseat holding each other and staring into each others eyes. Oh yea, and we ate once in a while. I finally was with the love of my life, my Prince Charming, my perfect match, my puzzle piece. Bliss!