Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Rest of the Trip

We appear to have lost momentum on Blog posts about day 13 or 14.
The next couple days were lots and lots and lots of driving.  The only highlight was stopping in Texas to take a friend of ours out to lunch.  We also figured that if we drove a really, really long time for 2 days we could get to San Diego a day early.  Thursday we left from Texas at 6:30am Central Time and arrived in San Diego 10:30pm Pacific Time.  Yes, you did the math right.  That's 18 hours.

Friday was for visiting and hanging out with the Phoenix gang.
Then the party prep.
For the Wedding Celebration - San Diego Version.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Unlike Gilligan..

Unlike Gilligan...we have returned from the 2 hour tour...(Mammoth Caves). I think we have finally run out of national park caves to tour.

Monday, July 12, 2010


Great. We got to Millersburg and mom admits that she doesnt know what town Lehmans Hardware is in.

We did eventually find the store.  And a couple of quilt shops.  Drove from there to Cincinatti, where we met up with two of my high school friends, Molly and Candice.  Spent the night at Molly's  

First omish buggy sighting.

First omish buggy sighting. Goin down no passing area on the road. Omish buggy traffic hold up ahahaha that was a picture perfect moment -Keeley

Bite Count

FRIDAY: 5 mosquito bites SATURDAY: 12 mosquito bites SUNDAY: 24 mosquito bites. Used bug spray and wore pants. WTF??!?! -Keeley

A dozen live vultures sitting

A dozen live vultures sitting on a fence. Weird.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Ate supper at a winery...sleeping at a dairy.
We spent 3 days at Nancy & Clancy's place.  We were too busy visiting to remember to take any pictures on Friday.  Saturday, my high school friend Carol drove from DC (400 miles) to visit.   She showed up just in time for the Barn Dance.

OK, technically, it was a Shop Dance.

The next day was the Family Reunion.  Here's Papa's generation (and spouses behind).

And my generation.  Of the 32 surviving first cousins, 26 of us were there.

We didn't get any pics of the next generation...they were too busy swimming and having fun.

We also had a picnic with 2 cousins from G'ma's side of the family and their kids.

And spent some time with the New Hampshire clan.

No Buffalo Wings

Wading on the North shore of Lake Erie.

And Lake Ontario.  Now the girls have been in all 5 Great Lakes.

Found our way to Niagra Falls, even without a map of Canada.

But mostly did drive by photos.

And this is what it looks like as you drive back across the bridge to the U.S.

Hows that for rotten timing... Drove through Buffalo no wings for me.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wednesday On-line update

Lots of driving today, but took time out to swim/wade in Lake Michigan.  

Took an emergency chocolate detour too.  

Which was next to a winery.  Which was next to another chocolate shop.  Keeley bought & ate chocolate covered bacon.  

Drove into Canada near Detroit.

Ate Lake Erie perch for supper...

Plan is for a quick dip in the lake in the morning, then we're off to Niagara Falls.  

Why is the speed limit in Canada so low????  We turned off our phones when we hit the border to avoid international roaming fees.....We'll be back in the States by lunch time Thurs.  M

Buffalo wild wings truck

Buffalo wild wings truck on I-94 headed to detroit! Hurry lets catch up! :D truffles and pumpkin spice fudge yummmm.... -Keeley


Driving in Chicago traffic. Keeley behind the wheel. Listening to 'Highway to Hell' on the radio.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Disappointing meal

Drove like mad to get to Amana for amazing meal we stopped for anually as kids. Very disappointing. Lame processed versions of formerly homemade.

K almost held it together

K almost held it together...until the waitress repeated the order back..."thatll be 3 half weiner....[snicker-snicker]

Weiner Schnitzel

"We will take three weiner schnitzels and one chicken schnitzel please" (as Keeley tries not to bust up laughing in front of the waitress)


So...if we spend the night in Davenport..will we have to sleep on the couch? M.

Taking the scenic route through Iowa

Taking the scenic route through Iowa. Corn..more corn...and lots more corn crops. Grandma likes to speed on windy roads haha -Keeley


Its amazing how little time i need to spend in a quilt shop that doesnt have batiks.  M

Breakfast at the hotel mmmm

Breakfast at the hotel mmmm :) poor woman had a boiled egg explode in her face haha so funny (i wouldnt laugh if she wasn't laughing btw) -Keeley

Monday, July 5, 2010

Crashin in Sidney Nebraska

Crashin in Sidney Nebraska... Only after some mexican food :)) you always sleep better on a full tummy -Keeley

Sidney, Nebraska

Stopping in sidney nb. But feels like we traveled to sydney az


Stopped in laramie for fabric.

Laramie wyoming.

Laramie wyoming. Man dowtown is TINY! Found a bridge over train tracks to overlook the town. Ran into a hobo. Bridge troll? haha -Keeley

Headed out for Wyoming.

Headed out for wyoming. Starting to miss everyone. Daddy, grant, bryanna, and kitty i miss you! Loves to all-Keeley

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Idaho falls fireworks so amazing!

Idaho falls fireworks so amazing! Variety of colors and types and some so loud they shake youre body to the core!-K

4 Teens

"4 Teens sitting at a table..using popit guts to try to make giant popit with a coffee filter. We want kids to be creative..right?"

Done washing dishes,now what?

"Done washing dishes,now what can i do to kill time while g'ma visits with her date Joe. Hmmm what would she do in my place? Spy from bathrooom?"

It was only 50 degrees in IF for the parade.  BRRRRR.

Greg Stoddard, Rick's childhood BFF stopped by with his wife for the BBQ.

The girls caught up with their cousins.

G'ma had a picture of the 5 of them lined up like this 11 years ago.  They recreated the shot...  Someday I will scan the 2 photos together so you can be as amused as we were.


Yet another moment to make us laugh...W mistakes the democrat donkey for a llama

Friday, July 2, 2010

Chinese fire drill at arco

Chinese fire drill at arco cut off stop sign. Yee we're having fun!

"Hey..they rhyme...Japan and Italian" Really???

"Hey..they rhyme...Japan and Italian" Really??? W...quit making your sister cry. M

Only made it downtown. Stopped

Only made it downtown. Stopped at Donny Macs for some trailer park quisine. M


Cleaning....packing...running errands....What have I forgotten?