We drove all day yesterday, through the California desert and about 20 miles before we were going to get to where we needed to exit the 99 freeway, we kept seeing "road closed" and "detour" signs. So we chose to get off early in Kingsburg and come home the way we used to before the new freeways were built. We later learned that we were so lucky to not have come through earlier as there was a 100 car pileup on the freeway. It was our lucky day to have made several stops along the way (for diesel and lunch) in which may have possibly saved our lives.
Rachel, Jeff, the boys and the dogs met us at Academy & Shaw and we said our "hello's" and took Ben, the 7 year old grandson, home with us. We were anxious to see the boys and Rachel was anxious for us to relieve her of at least one of them for the rest of the weekend. She is spoiled by having us live so close to her as we usually have one or both of the boys on the weekends and she had them for the past 7 weeks. Plus, Ben is helpful around the house, so we figured he could come in handy in emptying the motorhome.
We started into the foothills and I actually got butterflies in my stomach as I looked at all the beauty we take for granted. It is so beautfiul in the foothills with the Sierras as the backdrop. That is why we moved here and we've come to appreciate just how beautiful it really is by visiting the 30 states we traveled through on this trip. We are so fortunate to live in such beauty. We got home around 3pm and I couldn't wait to see Scruffy, my pound puppy, that we had to leave home with his grandparents. Even though we knew he was well taken care of, we missed him. As soon as we pulled in, he came running down the hill from their house so fast with the dirt kicking up behind him as he ran. First he saw Lincoln and ran excitedly over to him and then he noticed me and jumped over everything in his way to get over to me. He almost bowled me over. (He's pretty big, probably around 70 or so pounds.)
We went up to Joe & Glee's for a quick visit. Mike's Aunt Emma Jo was visiting from Phoenix, so we got to see her too. Then, we couldn't put off the inevitable any longer.....we went back down and begun empyting the MH.
Ooooh, the house looked so good and so huge. We worked for a few hours and then were exhausted. Mike went to bed by 8:00, I was still trying to wade thru 7 weeks of mail. I'd only gotten through a little bit and by 9:30, I couldn't stay awake any longer. It will all be there in the morning. Mike feels it will take him a week to get the MH and the property back in shape and I think it will take that long to wade thru the mail and the bills, etc. Oh well, small price to pay for a once in a lifetime trip that we were so fortunate to have been able to make.
In looking back on the trip, we've asked each other what our favorite places were. I truly loved Macinac Island in Michigan. Next to that, there really wasn't anything that I would care to see again. Mike can't say that there is anything he really cares to visit again. When I pushed him for an answer, he said perhaps Bar Harbor & the Acadia Nat'l Park in Maine and the Blue Ridge Mountains. We both agreed that we are mountain people and will have to do our vacationing where mountains are in sight.
I hope everyone enjoyed our travels.....almost as much as we did. I'm going to miss writing.....perhaps I'll create a blog about something else...hmmm....what could I write about....real estate perhaps????