|Trinidad, Colorado at sunrise on September 26th en route to Raton Pass|
I’m baaaack! Did you miss me? (no need to comment on that). Beloved and I have been gone on a long road trip (long for us, that is).
Around the time my husband retired (June 30th) we decided it would be a good idea to enjoy our new-found freedom by visiting friends and family, some of whom we had not seen in YEARS. And it was, indeed, a very good idea. Traveling after the hottest of weather but before the snow flies seemed the best timing.
We touched eleven states via the US highway system, stayed in the homes of two couples, supported Holiday Inn Express in 3 locations in two states, and traveled 4,235 miles in our Ford. We hugged 2 of our children and their spouses and all eleven of our grandchildren, plus the grand puppy (who is 6 years old but will always be a baby dog to us).
As if that hasn’t been enough, we also experienced the Lord’s mercy in directing us to change some of our original plan before we even left home. This resulted in our departure from the path of Hurricane Matthew even before we knew the storm was in the works! Had we not shortened our trip, we would have been caught in the traffic of a major evacuation route.
As is my way of doing things, I won’t be completely specific with all the details, but here are some scrapbook-style pictures from our grand adventure. I know some of the pictures are small, but they are large enough for you to get a glimpse of the trip.
|crossing the Mississippi River into Memphis|
|Beloved with our Staff Handyman, Spud!|
Much of our trip went just as we had planned with one notable exception. My longtime blog readers are well aware that I have a 'staff' who help us out at home, even getting some press in an occasional blog post -- see the one titled, "Staff Meeting" by clicking here: http://myjournalreflections.blogspot.com/2016/07/staff-meeting.html
When we left home a week before, we had no idea we might run into some of our staff members during our travels. But sure enough, while at Disney, Beloved found Spud, his handyman, albeit with a few changes from his usual appearance. He has had some vacation days due him, so apparently he decided to take them while we were gone!
Our visits with each group of people were only a day or two and then we had to move on. We don't like to travel in wintery weather, and sure enough, during our absence, snow came to the high country of Colorado and a hard freeze to our neighborhood.
We got home just this afternoon, but late enough that Beloved had to take us out to eat just one more time, since the pantry and refrigerator were (smile) empty!
P.S. I know my trip took me a little close to some of my blogging friends. I want you to know that I gave serious thought to contacting you to maybe meet for coffee, but unfortunately, we just couldn't swing it this time.