Numbers 6: 24-26

The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

Monday, July 29, 2013

Cheyenne, Wyoming

We made it to Cheyenne, WY at 5:30 on the evening of Day 5. It was so special getting to spend time with my brother and sister (in-law) who live in Cheyenne. Day 6 was spent driving around the F. E. Warren Air Force Base, walking around St. Mary's Cathedral, the Cheyenne Depot, and the Historic Plains Hotel, built in 1911, which is still in operation.

The Cheyenne Depot is a newly renovated Union Pacific Depot, which was built in 1886-1887. The train depot has many trains going and coming, they repair train cars and direct many trains from large freight to passenger trains, but no actual loading of people.

A fun treat was seeing the Historical Movie Theatre on the Air Force Base which my brother is currently working at. The building was built in the 1930's.

Cheyenne Capital

Warren Air Force Base Theatre - Allan with Old Equipment

St. Mary's Cathedral

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Trip Begins!

Day 1 on the road...drove from Dunnellon to Jackson MS, 650 miles. Day 2-made it to McKinney, TX, another 400 miles. Spent a fun rest of day, next day (Day 3) and next morning with sister Sherri. Love her present house and she showed us all around McKinney which has exploded since we've been there together many years back.

Day 4: We went to the downtown McKinney Farmer's Market which was wonderful! I had a very hard time not buying a selection of beautiful, organic, reasonably priced produce from the local farmer's but did manage to score 2 large butternut (picked the day before) squashes to make soup out of later in August. Bob found a local honey booth and bought a container of honey comb, one of his favorite foods. We realized it was time to get back on the road and after eating an early lunch we left McKinney at noon. On leaving the driveway we discovered a rather large, double crack in our windshield. We know when it happened on the way to McKinney but the heat with the car sitting for a few days must have weakened it enough to spread. Nice! :( It is stable for now and we hope to have it fixed in Gardiner in the next week or two.

We drove north to Salina, KS(435 miles) and stopped for a good night's rest before finishing the drive to Cheyenne, WY. We didn't see any flying monkeys, scarecrows or tin-men, but did see a lot of oil wells that were active and pumping along the three states (Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas). Gas prices didn't seem to go down though, sigh!
Sherri and Barb at Farmer's Market in downtown McKinney TX

Sherri and Bob in front of Sherri's house in McKinney TX

Monday, July 15, 2013

Planning Time Is Almost Up!

New trip, new schedule, new plans
New destination: Gardiner, Montana
Trip out by way of McKinney Texas and Cheyenne Wyoming
Purpose of trip: to volunteer as hosts in cabin section of Yellowstone Association
Excitement: Hmm, meter is off the charts!

Today we did a trial packing to see how much 'stuff' we can really get in a Honda CRV for a slightly longer trip. Looks like everything will fit, plus we'll have room to put the passenger seat back for naps while driving. You've got to love pre-planning sessions!

Next items to tackle: (1) making comfortable seat cushions for the CRV. It's not a comfortable ride, at least ours isn't...we went for the basic model upon original purchase. Something we continue to regret even though it gets great gas mileage and has pushed past the 100,000 mile mark; (2) an oil change and anti-freeze fill up for possible freezing weather.

So, there you have the basics of our next big adventure. More to come...