It took us a few days to rest up after our road trip. Then we headed for Balsam Grove for a few days. When we got back home we had to get ready for Miss B and her mom to visit for a few days.
But first, a photo from the backyard. What a cool looking moth!
The girls arrived Thursday night. Friday afternoon we drove up to Rome. Darlington was hosting a 20 year reunion for the players/cheerleaders/parents of the undefeated, State champion football team from Amanda’s senior year.
We left the hotel at 7:50 AM and it was 80 degrees and clear. We stopped in Eddyville, KY, at the house of a high school friend and her husband–Kay and Darryl Armstrong. They served us a wonderful breakfast!
We finally got home to Roswell at 4:45 PM.
7116 miles driven
2600+ photos taken
It truly was a wonderful trip. One of the best things about it was not having a plan we had to stick to…but seeing Miss B and her mom and dad was just as good!
As we were getting ready to leave the hotel, the front desk called to say they were having water problems and would be turning off the water shortly. Luckily, we were almost ready. We brushed our teeth and left. It was 9:30 AM and 80 degrees.
We went through Hermann, MO, which was a charming little town.
Not far down the road, in Owensboro, we found two barns:
In Potosi we found a really old church with a cool looking steeple.
And another church.
When we got to Ironton, we found this church which I think might be one of the prettiest little churches I’ve ever seen.
A courthouse and a church in Fredericton.
We didn’t stop anywhere for lunch so when we saw this ice cream shop we stopped. I got a hot fudge sundae. The thing was huge, but unfortunately, it wasn’t very good.
We found two more barns and then drove into Cairo. There are some beautiful homes and buildings in Cairo but the place looks like a ghost town.
We got to the Drury Inn in Paducah at 6:00 PM. It was 94 degrees–yuck! This was our last night on the road.
It was time to leave Laramie but I really, really didn’t want to go home. We left the kids at 8:30 AM and it was 54 degrees with some clouds. We got to Nebraska at 9:50 AM. I80 was under construction–still? again? It was one lane each way for a long while. We got to Iowa at 4:15 PM. The Missouri River there was full. We saw some eagles on trees in the area just east of the river. We had not seen any in that area since the big flood in 2011.
Arrived at the Drury Inn in Columbia, MO, at 8:05 PM. Because the KFC was closed for remodeling, Tommy went next door to Denny’s and got us salads. Obviously Denny’s is not the place for salads.
I got one good photo from the day. It was taken between Laramie and Cheyenne. Such a cool looking cloud (this picture was shot at 75 MPH).
Another day, another drive.This time we drove to Vedauwoo. Such cool rock formations here. Unfortunately, when we got there and started to drive the dirt road it was way too rough. So we decided to go look for eagles again.
On the way out we drove up to Lake Owen and saw some more fire damage. While we were out, the skies turned from perfectly blue to smoky again.
The eagle and the crow. This photo makes me chuckle. :)
The Big Day–Miss B goes to Kindergarten! Amanda, Evan, Tommy and I all took Miss B to school. I may have been the only who cried. It was certainly a bittersweet moment. Funny how I cried about Miss B going to Kindergarten but didn’t cry when Amanda and Hall went.
We decided to try the Sand Creek Road again since it looked like we had beautiful weather. I do love the Wyoming skies!
Hawk or juvenile eagle?
We got to Camel Rock and I just couldn’t get a good picture of it. However, I did look down the road and saw a gorgeous view.
Some more beautiful skies.
We kept driving past where we had stopped in the past. Eventually we found that we were going in a big circle. On the way we saw this longhorn with the funny horns.
And a red barn. :)
We circled on around and came out at Woods Landing. We planned on heading back to Laramie but saw a road that we had never driven before. So we turned. This is a picture of more of the damage from the Badger Creek fire.
What a great day it was!
At dinner, the girls showed us how they could curl their tongues. :)
We’d already been out Highway 230 to Woods Landing and Highway 130 to the Snowy Range so what was next? Sand Creek Road! Once we got on the dirt road we saw that the weather didn’t look too good where we were headed.
But just a few minutes down the road we saw an eagle and decided to keep going for as long as we could.
I remember when we first started traveling out west I loved seeing the windmills. I still do but I don’t get many pictures of them anymore.
Another eagle! :)
We were headed to Camel Rock but when we saw a bolt of lightning (probably the most impressive one I’ve ever seen), we turned around.
Tommy was impressed with this fence.
I was impressed with this sky.
Almost back to the main road we saw this hawk.
I’ve seen this old sign for years. Each time I thought I should get a picture of it before it’s torn down. This time I did.