Louise Speaks: Week two was more hectic because we went through three states in 7 days. We stop to see 47 different attractions and drove 1305 miles. That makes a total of 4826 miles, 133 stops, and we are in our 7th state. All of this in 21 days. I had to stop and laugh. When we were at Pioneer Village, they had a mileage chart and it said from Pioneer Village in Minden Nebraska was 1176 miles. By that time we had driven over 3900 miles. What would have taken 2 days or less has taken us 16 days, but have we had fun doing it. This trip truly is an adventure.
Kansas: States are getting greener. Cities are looking cleaner. And some attractions are getting real quirky. If we hadn’t stopped in Kansas I would not have met Sandy and Dave, who were great host and hostess. Had a great time in Kansas.
Nebraska: Some of the things we saw in Nebraska were pretty boring, but some of the quirky things were pretty incredible. If we hadn’t stopped in Nebraska, how would we have ever seen the birthplace of Kool-aid or Chef Boyardee?
Iowa: We still have another week or so in Iowa, but so far my favorite state. I could almost see myself living here. The attractions have been fun and interesting and the Quirky things have been an adventure and making this trip memorable. I can’t believe how friendly the people are here and how much I have enjoyed meeting them. Visiting Iowa allowed me to make a new friend in Gay. Spending two days in her home, and enjoying our time with her was priceless. And how things would have been different if we hadn’t spent some time with my new-found friend Kathy. She made a great tour guide, spoiled us a bit, and has promised to come see us in Arizona. I can’t thank her enough for the most enjoyable time. Meeting Thelmas first relative, Larry, Kay and Julia…oh my what fun. They welcomed me with open arms and made me feel so much at home. Kay’s stir fry made me think she had to be oriental it was simply wonderful…and did I mention we had fresh home-made breads every morning. Larry’s sense of humor put laughter in the air, and Julia is already planning a visit to see us in Arizona. What a great time I had.
So far Week three has been the best. Not just because of the things I’ve seen but because of the people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. I can’t wait to see what and who comes next.
Thelma Speaks: Kansas was a great place to see Sandy and Dave! There were signs of a mid west area with crops and small towns dotting up here and there. We didn’t see the fields full of sunflowers like I had told Louise but they may have been in the process of growing and I didn’t notice as we drove down the road. The best part of this state was seeing Sandy and Dave and catching up on family. They were wonderful host and hostess and had a great dog that made us miss Gracie! Thanks Sandy and Dave for taking the time out of your busy life to fit us in upon your return home from Florida!
Nebraska was a return to college days. We stopped by the college and went to Fremont where we found a new candy to enjoy on the road even it if was chocolate and we had to eat it right then before it melted. Omaha is a fun city and there was more there to see but seeing the chief and the hi tree along with the birthplace of Kool-Aid made it more fun. How can you go to Nebraska and not experience Minden at least once?
Iowa, now how can you not love your home state? Of course we are going to see lots of interesting things here! Being home in Iowa makes you appreciate all the little things that you take for guaranteed when you live here. The people are all so friendly, warm and inviting. We started with a dear friend, Gay that I taught with and had the pleasure of having her daughter Ann in my first kindergarten class. She made sure we got to stop by and see Ann and her family. Thank you Ann and Travis for letting us interrupt your tree cutting adventure and for sharing the children and their talents with us. Gay made us feel so welcome and at home. Thank you Gay! We also stopped for a cool drink with a friend from Prescott, AZ. Rhonda was willing to stop her day and spend time with us. Thank you for just dropping everything and going with us. It was great to see you again. Then we moved to Elk Horn where Kathy, a college friend, took us to see lots of interesting things in her town. We had a great time and enjoyed having Kathy with us on these adventures! Kathy we are wanting you to come and see us in Arizona in the near future! Your stew was great! Next it was time to meet the first relatives. Hello was said to Larry, Kay and Julia! It was farm time. I got to see the cows, go to the garden and reminisce about family and life. Kay was a great hostess and I had not had the pleasure of spending time with her before. I have to say she is a wonderful addition to our family and I am so glad I got to spend time with her and get to know her better. Can’t leave out the youngest lady we met. Julia is so kind and sweet. She loved our humor and would be a great addition to our travels… so we asked her to cruise with us or at least come to AZ and let us spoil her and show her the southwest! She must think we are fun because she is planning a trip to AZ to spend time with us! We can’t wait for her to call and say she is on her way! Now Larry, he is the blood line that binds us together. He has his humor and teasing way that I remember growing up and I was so blessed to get to enjoy again. We talked about his father and had good memories to keep him close in our hearts. We will miss him for sure! We also got to spend an evening with my Godson and his wife and one son. Brian called to say his wife and son would be home from a golf tournament so they wondered if we could meet for dinner. We got to see their home and then go to dinner… poor Kyle is all I can say. Kyle has a wonderful sense of humor and he didn’t let me get too out of hand. Being a golfer we are hopeful he will come to Arizona State for college and play golf! We invited him to come and check the college out and we hope he will come. Besides I want to have another chance to tease Kyle and enjoy his great sense of humor! Brian is my Godson and so I always enjoy my time with him and hearing what is happening in his life. He has turned into a wonderful young man and one I am proud to call part of my family! Brian also gave me the number for his car dealership so we could get a lube and oil so our trip could continue. Thank you for getting me to a dealership that was fast, friendly and helpful! They were wonderful and Dan was great to deal with. Toyota in Ames, Iowa rates an A+ from me! I had not spent time with his wife Kris. It was great to get to sit and visit with her and hear about life with three men in the house!
This may be week three but for me it is number 1! I got to see so many new things and places but then got to spend time with special friends and family! I loved this week and everyone one that helped to make it a special time for me!