We are off and running.....well, really off and sauntering...
|Evie the drool monster.|
Fall is here and it was time to pack-up and leave Cedar Rapids. It was much harder saying goodbye this time, all because of one little girl. A few tears were shed but the other part of me was ready to get back on the road. Our summer trips to Wisconsin and Minnesota did help prevent our hitch itch to a point but it finally overcame us and we were ready to hit the road.
|Mark,Janie & John|
Originally we were going to visit John’s brother Mark in Belleville, IL, but instead he came and spent a couple days with us and met Evie. It was short but very fun visit. He tells the best stories. So instead of that direction we decided to visit our other son and his wife in NW Iowa. We had not spent much time with them so wanted a few more days. Previously we had stayed in Storm Lake but I found a county campground about the same distance from them with FHU sites for just $15. Its Hagge Park in Sac County. It is a nice little park but the flies we terrible so don’t know if we will go back or not. We did take the kids out to dinner one night and made dinner for them one night. It was fun to hear how the school year is starting for Melissa (an art teacher k-8) and how Gabe’s new job is going. A mom just needs to hug her kids once in awhile. :)
Currently we are visiting John’s other brother Walt and his family in the Kansas City area and Sunday we will meet my brother Dave and wife Kelley who live in Lawrence, KS for dinner. We have stayed here before and like this little Jackson County park called Blue Springs Campground. It is on the border of both Lee’s Summit, MO and Blue Springs, MO. It has FHU sites and is in a great location for us to visit everyone.
I love visiting family but I am also ready for it to be just John and I discovering new places. We have a tentative outline of our trip. From here we will be visiting the Branson area, probably staying at Table Rock State Park. Next up will be the Hot Springs, Little Rock area of Arkansas. We also want to go to Memphis, Nashville, and probably the Smokey Mountains. I don’t have any reservations so we can change our minds if somewhere else catches our fancy. I do have a couple options of places for parks but if any of you out there have stayed somewhere you want to recommend I would love that. Memphis and Nashville have been the toughest to find a park that sounds good. When I check RVparkreviews.com many sound like they are not in the best of locations. This fall travel is all to places that neither John and I have been to so if you have suggestions please offer them, its always good to get feed back from those who have been there. We don’t have to arrive in Fort Walton Beach, FL until just before Thanksgiving, so all together we have about 8-9 weeks to discover the South. Found out our friends Jeff and Cheryl Bright will be Destin West in November so we are overlapping a little and will spend Thanksgiving together.
|Emily and Evie|
|Mitch, Evie and Emily|
|Mitch and Evie|
I think traveling will also get me back into the groove on the blog. We are here until Tuesday and then we will be off and running.....well off and sauntering really, we’d rather not travel too fast, have to slow down and smell the roses.
My photos today are from two chances I had to shoot photos of Evie and of the family. I am so going to miss that little girl.
|My sweet little granddaughter Evie. Will miss her so.|