Amarillo and Albuquerque bound.

Dawn and I left OK 12/8/19 about 1 pm after fueling up and taking a wrong turn (my fault). But hey, Dawn got to practice backing up the trailer. Initially, I just wanted to crawl back in bed for a nap but within an hour I was awake and ready to make the trek. We arrived after dark, having driven 380 miles in about 5 hours and 45 minutes. Needless to say, after pulling into the Cracker Barrel parking lot and getting settled, neither of us was up for socializing. Off to sleep we went.

Woke about 6 am and we had breakfast by the fireplace. Pays to get up early!

Drove on the Albuquerque arriving approximately 11:30 am. Went to a couple thrift stores but no major finds. Drove to a cute park where Dawn reorganized her trailer, again (wink), and I heated up some turkey soup I’d brought. A nice quiet lunch except for the buzz of a flying drone overhead. Then we drove to Old Town, where I left a little money in the merchants pockets. 😁

We then arrived at the west end Cracker Barrel where we cooked our first real meal, steak, Rice-o-Roni and broccoli. Of course a little Irish drink was consumed. 😋

Now I’m sitting in my van typing by candlelight listening to spa music. So relaxing that I hear my bed calling me.

Thank you for coming along on our trip. Chao

Yummy sour dough french toast, eggs and bacon.
Turkey soup.
City park view of snow covered mountains to the east.
OLD TOWN
San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church
San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church

Family time at Indianola, OK

12/8/19 – Arrived at my brother Jery and wife Shelly’s home in rural Indianola, OK. A secluded piece of property that has been lovingly cleared and cleaned up by hand and machine. A lot more back breaking work to be done but hey, it keeps us young! Shelly’s horse Robbie is a sweetie and he has a short-time friend that they are caring for.

It was so nice to spend some quality time with my brother; it’s been way to long.

Before we left of course we had to have breakfast at the local, I smell the bacon cafe. Very good.

Tradition on your first visit to the cafe.
Jery, me and Shelly

On the road south.

Dawn and I left Hinckley, MN yesterday morning arriving in Bethany, MO. We were going to camp out at the Wal-mart, but neither of us felt comfortable so we left and went to the Cracker Barrel in Olathe, KS. We both slept well our first night in our rigs.  Dawn got up before me and took a lovely photo of the sunrise. Photo below. We enjoyed breakfast and hit the road to my brother’s home at Indianola, OK.

Olathe, KS Cracker Barrel

Two days and counting!

I’m sitting here at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Hinckley, MN, having coffee while my breakfast is being prepared and while my Sarah’s Dream has a spa morning at Slim’s Station. Last minute grocery shopping and laundry are on the agenda for the rest of today before Amelia arrives.

Amelia, #2 daughter, will arrive this afternoon from the west coast, for a short visit and to pick up the babies, Chelsea Lynn and Duchess Rose. I asked Chelsea last night if she was excited for Amelia to come. She said Mmmmf. That’s kitty talk for yes. Duchess could not be reached for comment. The babies will be leaving to live and keep and eye on Amelia for mama. (Wink)

I’m getting excited to start my journey and hope you’ll follow along to keep me company.

All American
A hometown gem – WHISTLE STOP CAFE, HINCKLEY, MN

Van Logo

Having named my van Sarah’s Dream, I felt the next step was to create a decal and or a car magnet. With Sarah’s parents permission, I’m using one of Sarah’s many paintings.

I chose this painting for two reasons. The first is it spoke to me after Sarah’s passing. The interpretation I received was Sarah walking home with her angel guiding her. Now, as I plan my travels down the road, Sarah will be with me and giving me inspiration, especially working on my own novice artworks.

Painting by Sarah Mason.
Sarah Mason 1996-2018

Naming my van.

I’m sitting here the morning after Thanksgiving searching ideas for heating my van. All of a sudden, the name for my van came to me. Let me share a bit about her namesake, Sarah Mason.

Sarah was a beautiful, warm and talented young lady who passed away at age 21, suddenly and for no known medical condition known as Sudden Adult Death (SAD).

I last saw Sarah about 2 weeks before her passing. She, her mom Jane, along with cousin Bridget, were at my sister Barbara’s, for their annual visit to grandma and grandpa Woese’s home on Lower Mission Lake, near Brainerd, MN. We had a lovely afternoon, visiting and going out on the pontoon, across Lower Mission Lake into Upper Mission Lake. As we went across the lake, Sarah sat at the front of the boat by herself. I remember thinking at the time, Sarah appeared as though she was trying to take in every bit of the lakes beauty, perhaps for a future painting. I’m grateful that I went for the visit that day, not knowing it would be our last. She shared with me her dream to finish her last year of art school, get a van and travel across Canada to Nova Scotia. She wanted to do freelance artwork. The Lord had a different plan for Sarah and took her home July 30, 2018. We all miss Sarah greatly and I want to honor her memory by naming my van, Sarah’s Dream.

Sarah sitting upon one of her creations around the city of Thunderbay, Ontario.
More city art.
Her loving family in front of her art.

Winter is here in Minnesota, why am I?

My departure has been delayed while we wait for Amelia (daughter) to arrive for a short visit and to pick up the two cats. They will now be living with and keeping her company.

I’m working on finishing touches and starting to load the van and adding some homey touches. Unfortunately, due to the MN cold, much of what I’m taking can’t be put in the van until the day of departure which I’m expecting to be about the 6th or 7th of December.

I needed to add a bit more storage for food so I built a small shelf that I screwed to the top of the secretary. I didn’t center it as I will need the remaining space for my coffee pot etc.