Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Trip of a Lifetime!

I wrote this little "snippet" for our friends at North Winona Church of the Brethren's Newsletter.
Thought you all would enjoy it too....


Trip of a Lifetime! 

September 1, 2014 - October 2, 2014

Proverbs 3:23, 26
You'll travel safely,
You'll neither tire or trip.
Because God will be right there with you; 
He'll keep you safe and sound.

-Almost everyday we woke up to sunshine and moderate temperatures.

-We traveled 7,501 miles.

-We were in 15 states and 2 Canadian Provinces. We were a few hours from Alaska and 15 minutes  from the Mexican Border.

-Our lowest temperature was 28 degrees in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.
-Our highest temperature was 102 degrees in Southern Arizona.

-We crossed the Missouri River five different times in the states of Iowa, South Dakota, Montana, Kansas and Missouri.

-We were in 15 National Parks and Forests, plus numerous State Parks and Points of Interests.

-We saw buffalo, coyote, mountain goats, eagles, and different varieties western birds. We were hoping to see moose and elk and maybe a bear from a distance.....but, nothing appeared.....

-We stayed 22 nights in various Holiday Inn Expresses.

-We stayed other nights in Yellowstone Lodge, Glacier National Lodge,
Lake Louise Cottage, LaConner Channel Lodge in Washington, Mt. Shasta Resort in California and with my sister at their Condo in Coronado, California.

-We ate salmon and oysters........Isn't that what you're supposed to eat when you visit the Northwest? 
We chose not to eat at McDonalds too many times while traveling.

-Our snacks on the road were: Trail Mix, grapes, carrots and apples, fishy crackers, cheese and crackers, 
peanut M & M's and........Phil's gummi bears.

-The highest we paid for gas was $4.39/gal. in Arizona and $2.39/gal in New Mexico.

-We went to two places to just get "destination decals,".....
1. Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, traveling 5,200 feet in elevation.
2. Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota...... Suckered into a tourist trap!

-We went to three National Sites that were not planned; Badlands in South Dakota, 
Mt. St. Helens, Washington and the Petrified Forest in Arizona.

-Phil wanted to see the Monterey Peninsula and Pebble Beach Golf Course.
We were fortunate to have lunch "on" the 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Course.
The first time we ever saw seals and sea lions in their natural habitat was on Monterey Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean driving the scenic "17 Mile Drive."
Phil played golf twice with my brother-in-law, Jim....... However, not at Pebble Beach!

-We ate lunch in the Hotel Del Coronado, in California, where the comedy movie in 1959, "Some Like It Hot," starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon was filmed. Our views at the Hotel Del were of the Pacific Ocean.

-We did not have time to see the Redwoods or the Sequoias or the Grand Canyon or Mesa Verde, Colorado (Cliff Dwellers)

-We planned to see the Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park,
LaConner, Washington, and the Pacific Ocean.

-But, most of all, I wanted to spend time with my sister and her family.....which we did in Mt. Shasta and Coronado, California and visiting my Aunt and Uncle and Family in Kansas City......totaling parts of 14 days.

-We planned this trip for two years prior to going......we felt that NOW was the time to take the trip, while we could still move and we both felt healthy....we would recommend going in late summer - to early fall.....missing the snow in the mountains and greater numbers of tourists at the National Parks...... However, Calgary, Alberta, Canada experienced an early 10 inches of snow the next day after we passed through when we were driving in 3 inches of snow.

-We were in awe of the majesty of the mountains, and how geologists were able to date rocks and their formations to over a billion years.

-We wondered how the pioneers survived getting to the "remote" areas of this mountainess wilderness.

-I enjoyed "doing" the blog and felt all of us were "connected."

-We thanked God every day for our safe journey. 
-My prayer was; 
"Dear Lord, please be with us every inch, every foot, every yard, every mile of this trip. Please take us home safely." ..........and He answered our prayer!

Journey Mercies




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Road Trip Pictures


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

We are still trying to "soak" everything in!   I have looked at a few more photos that I don't believe were posted to any of the daily blog posts of September.....

Wheat Field and Clouds in South Dakota

Montana Views


Washington Roadside with Dashboard Reflections

Tell Us Something We Don't Know.....

Pacific Ocean

Aftermath of Mt. St. Helens.....34 Years Later....

Fire Truck at Mt. Shasta. 
There were many signs telling travelers about the level for potential forest fires in all the forested areas.
This Fire Truck was parked across from our Chalet.  The Firemen were on their way home after helping with the forest fire in Weed, California.....7 miles from Mt. Shasta.

Coronado Naval Base
My Dad served in the Navy during World War II, but was sent out from the Great Lakes in Chicago.
My Uncle D. served in the Navy in the 1950's.  I  believe he was stationed at San Diego.

Point Loma, San Diego, California
A seagull and helicopter between the palms.....I couldn't take this shot again even if I tried!

Frank Baum, Author.......
Lived in this quaint yellow house that he rented during his stays in Coronado. This is where he wrote three books in the Oz series: “Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz,” “The Emerald City of Oz” and “The Road to Oz.” Baum also wrote sections of “The Marvelous Land of Oz” while staying in Corornado.  
Our Granddaughter will be a Munchkin in the local production of The Wizard of Oz in November, 2014

Flags on the approach to the Coronado Bay Bridge

My Niece Barbra's Artwork.....Water Lilies.   I love the colors and she gave it too me!!


St. Francis of Assisi sculpture at the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona

Welcome Home and Welcome Fall!!

We have been home for 5 days....and, we keep saying "a week ago we were in Kansas" 
Or, "two weeks ago we were in Coronado" and so on..... 
Laundry is finished and put away.
Mail is sorted and recycled.
Trip surprises have been given.
Friends seen.
Phil is back in his shop.
Prayers said.
Amen

Journey Mercies























Thursday, October 2, 2014

Back Home Again in Indiana

On our way home!

We left Kansas City, Kansas this morning at 7:30 a.m. Central Time.  
We experienced morning rush hour traffic.....under stormy conditions.
I liked the ribbon of car lights.

We crossed the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.....again....I think we crossed the Missouri at least 5 times in other states and crossed the Mississippi ONLY twice.....


Crossing the Mighty Mississippi 

Crossing the Shipping Canal of the Mississippi

Storm Front.  We were in Storms and Rain all day traveling home.  
It began to clear up in Indiana....of course!

Welcome to Indiana

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.    Go Colts!

A Rusty Silo in an Indiana Cornfield 

Combining Beans at Dusk in a Field close to Elwood, Indiana

Back Home Again in Indiana

Back home again in Indiana,
And, it seems that I can see
The gleaming candlelight, 
Still shining bright, on the Sycamores for me.
The new-mown hay sends all its fragrance 
Through the fields I used to roam.
When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash,
Than I long for my Indiana Home.

Sing this with me all you Hoosiers!   

It took us close to twelve hours to get home from Kansas City......
And, we were Welcomed Home by our Family with Streamers, Balloons and Cupcakes....
and,  a little horn honking....Sorry Neighbors!!
Hugs and Smiles and more Hugs....

GREAT TO BE HOME!
I asked everyday for The Lord to be with us every inch, every foot, every yard, every mile......
Thank You, Amen!

I will continue this blog as I continue to reflect on ALL that we have seen and done.

Journey Mercies

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kansas City, Kansas

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kansas City, Kansas

Our travel part of the day was shorter than usual.....traveling about 4 hours to arrive at my aunt and uncle's house in Lenexa, Kansas.  Hugs and smiles all around!

We headed out this morning from Wichita, Kansas and had to get the car washed.

Car Wash Art.    (Photo Desperation!)

Kansas Grazing Land - it's flat and it's green!

My Aunt and Uncle's Home

She had prepared a lovely cold lunch for us......chicken salad, fresh fruit salad and rolls.

My Aunt is an Artist.  She has beautiful art around her home......art that she has done and other pieces that she appreciates.  This piece was a gift from a friend.  I apologize for catching the reflection of the chandelier.


This is one of her originals.....as a graphic art student the assignment was to do a project on architecture.   She choose the Empire State Building, the Guggenheim Museum, 
Christmas Lights at the Kansas City Plaza, four Electric Towers in Kansas City, 
And, a Building at IU...I don't recall the name.  Another one of my favorites.

Quilts 

My cousin made this fall leaf quilt several years ago for my uncle's birthday which is in October..

My uncle had a nice surprise for me (us) ......he got his old projector out and we watched old home movies from the 1960's......great childhood memories with cousins....... 
Christmas time, wagon rides, horse back riding, playing games, Toledo Zoo.....it was great!

We also showed some of the pictures of our trip....

We ended the day with a lovely dinner.  My cousin C. and her nephew, B. joined us and there were hugs and smiles all around!
Thank you my Dear Aunt and Uncle for a lovely afternoon and evening.  You have always been the Best!!

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 2, 2014....we head home.  It is a 12 hour drive/day.
But, we are ready to head it home!  And what a great way to end our trip......with family.

It truly was a TRIP OF A LIFETIME!

NOTE:  I will continue the blog for a little while longer.....with reflections and a few more pictures.  Thanks for traveling with us!

Love you all!
Journey Mercies

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oklahoma


Oklahoma

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Happy #1 Birthday to my Sweet Great Nephew, Gus!

Can you believe that we have been "on the road" for 30 days?......two days to go until we are home!

Oklahoma Welcome 

Phil wanted to drive on Old Route 66..... So, we veered off course for a ride....Route 66 followed pretty much along side Interstate 40 for most of our Oklahoma Route.

Can you imagine how many vehicles have traveled on this highway since 1927?........
And, now there is grass growing in the center of the highway.....
I find that fascinating.

An old, sad, dilapidated barn / farm with a lone windmill and a rusty fence.
This "farm" was right on Route 66.    No traffic....just crickets chirping.....

All through Texas and Oklahoma every so many miles there was a lone windmill.
Some still pumping water, some twisted by heavy winds, some rusty, some a relic from days gone by..

It saddens me to see barns gone by the wayside....

A field of red dirt along Route 66

An Oklahoma City Skyline

A working rusty oil pump rig.  

Kaw Nation Tower along Interstate 35
I googled Kaw Indians. I had not heard of that tribe.  There is a lot of information about the Kaw.

Kansas Welcome

A hedge row apple tree.
We passed miles and miles of hedge apple trees.  
A great wind break.  And an affordable way of fencing off ranches and farms.


A hedge apple or Osage orange
I love the color!  I have used them in fall decorations.   

We are about 70 miles into Kansas.  Staying in the southwestern corner of the state.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 1, 2014
We will travel to Kansas City, Kansas, visiting my aunt and uncle and two of my cousins and their families.  It will be great to see them!   So many great childhood memories!

Journey Mercies