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:
Friday, May 29, 2015
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!
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! :)
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!