Friday, May 29, 2015

Uncle Ken took this picture of Grammy's children and nieces that were at the Memorial Picnic. He kindly allowed me to post it here:

Suzanne, Staci, Annalee, Catherine, Janet (Mom :), and Molly

CA Trip - 14 and Final Post

We left early (yes, this is a.m.) so we could get a head start on our two long days of travel! It's Saturday morning.

Last glimpses of the dear fog-laden hills...


Loading up the final things!


Golden Gate Bridge again!


We dropped Beth&Erich off at Aunt Suzanne's to catch their flight home, and continued driving, driving...


Quick stop at a fun fruit stand!





Airplane "junkyard" in the desert

What neat cloud-shadows on the mountains!





Sunday

Loading up in the morning!

Forever and ever on...

We all (except the driver) did a bit of this :)

Semi trailer, wrecked and burned...

To pass the time, we sent selfies to Beth and others... ;)



If you look close, you can see Stephen, holding up a Lego creation he'd made :)

Near Amarillo, there was more water than we'd EVER seen -- yes, that brown is water! Texas has supposedly received enough rain, just this May, to cover the whole huge state to a depth of 8 inches.



This gas station had 15-25 black 5-gallon buckets all throughout the store, catching drips! :0 Most were full of 5-10 inches of water!




Changing watches back to good old Texas time...



Pretty intense storm damage! (notice the one in the background, completely knocked down?)

Then -- about an hour & a half from home, our van suddenly died! :(

Andrew uses his mechanical genius


Deborah texts our plight to friends ;)

This kind man stopped and drove Dad and Andrew to a parts store to get what we needed!

Interesting new look, huh?

Nothing to do...  ;)

By the mercy of God, we were on the road again an hour later! We're so grateful for the mechanical skills He gave Andrew! :) :)

Then -- as dark fell -- we arrived home at last!

That's the end of our trip! Trips are always great, but it's always so nice to be home! :)

CA Trip - Part 13

Erin explains something :)

Aunt Suzanne, Uncle Ken, and cousin Erin stayed for dinner after the Memorial Picnic. That was a treat!


Lots of laughter!




A quiet moment :)






Charlotte fell in love with a bathrobe! ;)


A gondolier, straight from Venice... ;)


Fun uncle-niece time together


Sitting on Grammy's porch for the last time...






 Just to prove I was there... ;)

Hard to believe that we'll probably never see this again. :(

My very favorite reading chair -- I have many happy memories of reading, curled up in this chair!



Clothes laid out for the next day -- our drive home!