Saturday, July 29, 2006

It Was a Very Good Trip

Yesterday morning I was in Buffalo, NY and at 2:30 today I was back home...and we were dring all the way. Gene and i have not been able to travel just the two of us in about twenty years and we were gone for thirteen days. We went throught Tennessee, up the western side of Virginia, all around DC, through Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, a small tidtib of Canada, back through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and back to Searcy.

I am just going to put some photos on today and I will write more in the next week or so about the yummy things we found to eat and the funny things that happened.

The Iwo Jima monument is so much bigger than I ever imagined.

We toured the Harley-Davidson factory and it was really interesting. They wouldn't let us take picutures inside so here is the outside of the factory.

We made an unscheduled stop when we saw the highway sign saying Hershey, PA this can you NOT turn. It was interesting but we didn't have time to drive into the city proper. We took the little tour and ate this amazing chocolate mouse, then we ate the chocolate cup!

This is the town Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada. Soooo beautiful!

Then to the Falls...I have no words...I had no idea they were so massive and powerful...

I know that the last one is fuzzy but I think it just may be the best photo of me in the last 20 years!

Sunday, July 23, 2006


We have been gone for six days now and have seen some incredible sights. Neither one of us has ever been driving in Virginia and it was sooooo pretty. We have decided that we need to come back next year and spend a week just driving around Virginia. The Shenadoah Valley is all that everyone has ever told us. Gene has had adventures in the DC Metro and we have driven around this little section of Maryland. Today we went to Arlington Cemetary and it is so sobering and so beautiful all at the same time. Mike and Beth joined us for the tour of the grounds and it was fun to have friends with us to see the Changing of the Guard. Gene and I drove to the Iwo Jima site and saw the area where Jessica used to live. We have eaten wonderful food and enjoyed it all.

Tomorrow we are off through Pennsylvania and should be in NY by Tuesday. Now if we can just find some coin operated washing machines we will be ready for the next part of this journey. Just a hint...we hope to tour a factory tomorrow that will make Gene's eyes turn green.

Oh, meetings so far have been productive and ocassionally boring. But those meetings have gotten us some great travel time!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Off Again

Off to the east coast for a few days. Driving through Tennessee and Virginia to DC. Up to Buffalo and then back home. Can't wait to see the country.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Familiar Travel or New Travel?

We went to Dallas for the weekend to visit Reagan and Tim, Steph, and Ellie. We had so much fun! I do love being around them and having fun in Dallas. We hit World Market, Central Market, and had breakfast at Taco Cabana. I forgot to take my camera...silly me! That Ellie is so cute and funny. I love that she (seven years old) can sit and watch the video of the musical Cats and make her little cat figurines act out the musical. What a fun weekend.

The discussion question for the day....Is is more fun to go to a place that you are familiar with and enjoy the surroundings with friends and family or to go to a new place and enjoy it with friends and family (please note that for this discussion the friends and family must be present!)?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Food Preparation

Most of my close friends know that I am physically able to cook but that I do not LIKE to cook. Yesterday was a perfect example. My husband helped me come up with several food items that I could prepare and contribute to our 4th of July celebration with friends. I went to the store and purchased the items and began to prepare them early in the day so that I would not be rushed in the late afternoon. Halfway into the preparation the first trauma was that the kitchen sink totally clogged and refused to drain. It is very, very hard to prepare food without water...I don't know how people did it before houses had running water. Second, the freezer in the garage would not freeze the ice cream (using it between cookies to make homemake ice cream sandwiches). Then I began to sweat when I was putting it all in the car to take to the picnic. I just can not handle all that trauma. I could never have been a pioneer woman.