Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Road Home - Part 3

Continued from this post . . . .

Sunday morning we enjoyed a delicious breakfast of homemade biscuits and gravy that someone in the family had made for everyone, and after spending some time visiting with family and then saying our goodbyes, we began the long trek home. Again because of road closures, we needed to take a different route home than normal and several family members suggested different ones to us. We ended up opting for one which took us straight south from where we were and then once reaching Kansas, we would head directly east.

We did have one little malfunction with a vehicle during the weekend which was one of our truck headlights burning out on Saturday night. So Sunday morning we picked a new one up at a gas station and Dad (with a teeny tiny bit of help from me) put the new one in. It was then that we discovered that our headlamp had about an inch of water in the bottom of it! How that got in there, we don't know, but it explains why the light had burned out. At the next stop that we took with Ryan and Ashley, Dad asked Ryan if he had anything that could punch a hole into the headlight casing, and . . . he did! A screw and a screwdriver did the trick . . .


And once again, we were on our way. This was all new territory for everyone (except for the Nebraska portion of the drive which Dad and Mom and been on before), and it was a very much enjoyed drive! The scenery was just beautiful . . .




Blackbirds on a windmill


How I love the prairie! There's just something about it that I can't even put into words. For much of the drive, Leah and I were happily and busily pointing out different sights to each other and snapping away with our cameras. Meanwhile, the miles were slipping underneath of our tires, and we were getting closer to home . . . .

Our traveling companions. :)
(Photo by Leah)

In Kansas, we took the Pony Express Highway to Missouri, and that was really enjoyable! There were many pony express landmarks along the way, and I found myself wishing we had a little more time so we could stop at the numerous historical places and museums. Maybe someday! At one town we went through, part of an original pony express station was there, and I managed to snap this very poor quality photo of it before we had passed it . . .


The further we drove east, the more cloud cover we had, and gradually the sunlight began to disappear . . .

Photo by Leah :)

Two really neat old buildings along the road

A big beautiful barn

As we progressed along our journey, we eventually passed signs that said "one lane road ahead" - "expect delays." The signs were right! There were two places where there was just one lane and each time we had to stop for awhile while the oncoming traffic went through . . .

At one stop, Leah held her camera out the window to take this photo looking down the line of traffic - and Ryan, Ashley and Adelyn are right behind us

Leah also took this photo at one of the places where we were stopped - it was a pretty place!

On we go!
(Photo by Leah)

A little town that we drove through

As the day progressed and night fell, we were all getting rather tired and were ready to be home! But there were still hours left of our journey . . . at one point, we separated ways from Ryan and Ashley as there was a different route that would bring them home more quickly than the one that would bring us home. And finally, we pulled into our driveway and were home. Once again, a wonderful reunion weekend had come to a close . . . what an enjoyable and fun time it was and now we have so many special memories from it!

8 comments:

  1. What a long journey that was going home, but with fascinating scenery, rolling hills and meadows, and the old barns giving us a glimpse into the past.
    You must all be exhausted!

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  2. It was, Elizabeth! But much enjoyed as well due to the things you mentioned. :) We were tired by the time we got home and enjoyed the next day relaxing and resting up!

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  3. Beautiful pictures! I love the prairie too! :o) And the hay bales all rolled up neatly lined up. :o)

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  4. Thank you, Nabila! That's neat that you love the prairie, too. It is so beautiful!

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  5. I love the Kansas prairie photos! My dad is from Kansas and his parents have over 300 acres just an hour from Colorado. You can see the mountains from my grandma's farm (my grandpa passed away many years ago). I spent some of my growing-up years in Kansas, too. Kansas does have a unique beauty in some places. It seems each state has beauty to appreciate, just like each season does. The Lord is so wonderful to create so much beauty!

    I'm glad you had such an enjoyable trip!

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  6. Thank you for sharing all of that, Joy! I enjoyed reading it. :) Your grandparents farm sounds simply lovely. I can't imagine how amazing it would be to see the mountains from where one lived!

    I would agree with you about Kansas. And like you shared, each state seems to have it's own beauty to appreciate! I am so thankful that the Lord did put so much beauty and creativity in His creation for us to enjoy. We live in an amazing world!

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  7. I really enjoyed going to the reunion with you through pictures and words. I am sure you had a wonderful time.
    Love,
    Marie

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  8. Thank you for your comment, Marie, and I am glad that you enjoyed the posts! And yes, we did have a wonderful time. :)

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)