(Jan)We are just back out on the road after our annual spring stop in the Rye area with Sheeley’s. This year we were joined by the Poutneys and we three couples had a good time hiking, walking, crafting, making trips into Rye and Payson and of course, sharing super meals and Happy Hours. Judy taught Pine Needle Basket weaving, Bernita helped us learn Locker Hook Rug making and thanks to Nancy Hurley, Jan shared ways of making earrings. Chuck, Dean and Ron took a full day to do a strenuous hike north of Roosevelt Lake to a Salado Indian ruins area. We three couples made a trip down to the Rye Bar and Grill for a fabulous rib dinner and into Gerardo’s in Payson for Italian. But the best food of all was the Birthday dinner we had for Bernita’s 59th and Chuck’s 61st Birthdays; pork loin, sweet potato casserole, antipasto salad, edamame salad, garlic bread and carrot cake!
Early Tuesday morning we three couples said good-bye and each headed out to a new destination. We are headed to the midwest to spend time with family. It will be wonderful to see two of our sons and families that are there plus my parents and brother and sister. We did drive through the Petrified Forest NP on our way NE and it is a fascinating place. It will be fun to stop there again and do some hiking and sightseeing. Yesterday’s 420 mile route also took us through beautiful northwestern New Mexico. We had planned to go through Utah, Colorado and Nebraska but will save that for another time. Today we are driving east on I40 and will head NE on Hwy 54 through Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
******We’ve stopped for the night at a Wal-Mart in Salina, Kansas after 551miles. Tomorrow we’ll stay at the Cabelas on the west side of Kansas City and visit my sister and family just north of there. Thursday we will finish our trek to Iowa. I’m anxious to see my dad who is experiencing some health difficulties. We’ll be in Iowa off and on through the summer.