February 2019

Another dreary, rainy month. But, there was enough good weather here and there for us to get outside some. Tommy went with Marc numerous times to get wood for us to use in the fireplace next year. Of course getting all that wood meant he had to split it. Bubba, being the good beagle that he is, kept his dad company.

I got excited when I saw the first cardinal in our yard.

We celebrated our 41st anniversary on the 25th. When I got home from playing MahJong, I found a vase full of flowers Tommy had gotten for me. I took one out and took some pictures.

January 2019

Happy New Year!

It took us a few days to recover from our drive home from Laramie after Christmas. Once we were home safe, it was fun to look at the photos of the drive through a blizzard in Nebraska. The rest of the month was dreary and rainy. We did “plant” our flower we got for Christmas.

2018 Harvest Road Trip – Day 6

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

With all of the beauty fresh in our mind from the day before, we headed out again with hopes of finding some more Fall color. We went in the opposite direction and started at Vedauwoo, circled around Curt Gowdy State Park and on to Happy Jack.

We finished that drive with lots of time left in the day so we headed back to Sand Creek Road.

The way we went leads to my favorite barn. 

Another great day!

2018 Harvest Road Trip – Day 5

Monday, October 1, 2018

We were going to go to Aspen Alley and we were hoping that the colors would be good. These were some of the scenes we saw driving out there.

The colors were good to that point, we hoped our luck would hold out. Except for the fact that the larger trees appear to be dying back, it was everything I hoped for–beautiful!

Aspen Alley

We drove past Aspen Alley for a few miles and the color we saw–wow!

We headed back home and saw lots of color all around. We found a church in Encampment.

Saw the Ryan fire flaring up. After having seen areas where trees had been burned, it was kind of scary to think we were that close, although I was told we we about 15-20 miles away.

The Little Laramie River:

By the time we got home I was overwhelmed with the beauty we had seen. A thoroughly wonderful, beautiful day!


2018 Harvest Road Trip – Day 4

Monday, September 30, 2018

We left the hotel at 9:25 AM. It was 47 degrees with light rain. We were afraid if the weather didn’t improve dramatically, we wouldn’t be seeing any corn or bean picking.

We weren’t on the road very long before Tommy slammed on the brakes and put the truck in reverse. I always know that means that there is something interesting to see. These were found in Oconto, NE.

When we saw a lot of this, we decided to call Amanda and ask if it would be OK if we showed up to their place early.

We then drove north of Lake McConaughy but didn’t stop at this rest area. :)

We found a grain elevator, a church and a field of sorghum.

The weather didn’t improve as we were driving over the summit from Cheyenne to Laramie.

When we got into Laramie at 5:45 PM, the fog had cleared and it was partly cloudy at 71 degrees. Amanda had to work so we went with Evan and Miss B to Born in a Barn for dinner. On the way there Evan told us they’d had some pretty amazing sunsets due to the clouds from the fires. Sure enough, as we were sitting in the restaurant the sky/sun was awesome. Unfortunately, my good camera was back at the office.

Total miles driven – 2,040

2018 Harvest Road Trip – Day 3

Saturday, September 29, 2018

We left the hotel at 9:35. It was a chilly 45 degrees, gray and chilly. Before leaving town we got gas, ice and breakfast. Then we headed out to, hopefully, find some harvesting.

Wakonda, SD

Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, Vermillion, SD

Beresford, SD

Just across the road, GPS said these guys picking corn were in Wakonda, SD. As Tommy said, the line has to stop/end somewhere. In both the combine and the wagon, there were some young (probably around 12 years old) kids. I guess they were learning the family business.

Sometimes we would follow it, sometimes we would cross it.

The Missouri River

Wausa, NE

I’m not sure if this is a working church as there was no sign around it. It sure is pretty.

Magnet, NE

We haven’t stopped for many grain elevators this year, but liked this one.

McLean, NE

As we headed towards Kearney where we would spend the night we found a lot of churches!

I really want to go inside this church:

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Grand Island, NE

We finished the day at 6:45 PM at the LaQuinta in Kearney. We got KFC for dinner before checking into the hotel.

1,596 miles driven

2018 Harvest Road Trip – Day 2

Friday, September 28

We left the hotel at 9:25 AM, it was cloudy and 55 degrees. It felt like Fall. :)

We planned on getting breakfast on our way to the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Unfortunately, when we got there it looked like everyone had packed up and left town. We did see, however, acres and acres of water lilies which had already bloomed. That place must be an awesome sight when the lilies are in bloom.


Grain elevator in Rock Port, MO

Tecumseh, NE

We kept checking the weather and the radar hoping we could get out of the rain. It looked as if we went north into South Dakota we could miss it, so we did.

It’s rather funny the things Tommy sees and I don’t and vice versa. When he turned the truck around to go take pictures of the following church, which I had not seen, I saw these gas pumps and he didn’t.

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Louisville, NE

As we wandered northward, we saw the steeple of this church from miles away. I know I’ve said it time and again but a lot of churches in the midwest are in the middle of corn fields. This shows it perfectly.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, David City, NE

I realized that we were fairly close to one of my favorite churches and asked if we could go find it. I knew that I had the address of the church somewhere but couldn’t find it. As we turned around (again) to go ask at a vet’s office we found the following sign. Tommy got out and asked the vet if he knew where the church was. He knew exactly as some of his wife’s family had been members there.

We wound up staying at the Best Western in Yankton, SD. We arrived at the hotel at 6:40 PM.

1244 miles driven

2018 Harvest Road Trip – Day 1

Thursday, September 27

Since our long road trip was in August, we didn’t see any harvesting. So we thought what the heck, we’ll hit the road again.

We left home at 5:45 AM–it was 71 degrees. We had already made reservations at the Drury Inn in St. Joe so I knew it would be a long, boring drive on our first day out. We stopped, as usual, at the McDonald’s in Cartersville at I75.

According to the radar, we would be going through rain. And we did.

Traffic was heavy in Chattanooga and it took us an hour to get through Nashville.

The rain continued on as we got to Illinois. We stopped at the first rest area and ate lunch. No sitting outside for a picnic though.

The bridge across the Ohio River from Kentucky into Illinois.

We got to the Drury Inn at 7:20 PM. Dinner was from Bandanas BBQ. Yum

840 miles driven