Praise the Lord here in Amarillo the ice storm in our part of town wasn’t to bad. After staying in the house all weekend we woke up to about 3″ of snow. Last night after it started getting dark the temps started dropping and so the rain turned into snow. This morning the clouds started breaking up and the sun is peaking out. I haven’t seen the reports on how much liquid we received by the snow but before it fell we have had 2 1/4″ of rain the past 48 hours. This should help break the drought we have here.
After visiting the National Park there in Ohio, we talked about where to go next. We finely decided that it was time to head toward Amarillo. We headed Southwest and spent the night in Brazil IN.
The next morning up early and heading toward Oklahoma City. This was going to be a long days driving. We stopped for lunch somewhere in Missouri. We were spending the night in Oklahoma city, we should reach OKC sometime around 7pm. I called my niece to see if she could call her brother and meet us someplace for dinner. She said he was cooking out hamburgers and asked if we would join them. We had a great time seeing and visiting with them.
We slept in, then drove the last 260 miles home. This ended the 17 day and around 5417 mile trip.
We are leaving Maui and our flight does not leave until around 11:30. So we slept in again, then we met our friends down for breakfast. after retrieving our luggage from our room we set down in the lobby waiting for our bus to the airport. After saying one last goodbye we loaded up for the long ride to the airport. We passed by a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop, it made me think about the new one they had built back home in Amarillo. We have a local donut shop back home called The Donut Stop and they or hard to beat. Anyway the Krispy Kreme did not last long before they closed their doors.
After getting to the airport we boarded the plane for the 45 min flight to Kauai. It was a very cloudy day but as the plane flew over Pearl there was an opening in the clouds, I could see the Arizona and the Missouri down below. After landing we went to a shopping mall that had several places to eat so we could get some lunch. We loaded back on the bus and headed back pass the airport to the Kauai Beach Resort. We spent the rest of the day walking around and looking over the beach, then to Shutters Lounge on site for dinner. I had a great burger and fries and Charlotte had a veggie Pizza.
The Island Mascot
The mountin in the background is where King Kong was filmed.
It is now February sixth 2016. Almost a year ago we had planed on going to Alaska and Hawaii for our fiftieth anniversary. We did Alaska last August right on our fiftieth and now it is time to go to Hawaii. We left on the Sixth of Feb, to drive down to Houston. Not knowing for sure how the weather would be here at home we decided to take a flight out of Houston and we could get a direct flight to Honolulu. The Seventh of Feb, is our Twins birthday and we had already celebrated with Jeff who lives here in Amarillo so now we are going to celebrate with Jeremy down in Houston, also his wife Aubrey’s birthday was the third so we celebrated with both of them. They took us down to their sail boat to show us how they were coming along on refurbishing it.
We get home today, We left Laramie around 7:00am and the Garmin said we should be home around 6:00 pm tonight. We headed down interstate 25 toward Denver. I did not want to drive through Denver so we took a couple of little roads around to Interstate 70 then to US 287 going south all the way to Amarillo. we got in around 5:30 pm and it does feel good to be home September 7 2015. It is now October the second and my cough is just about gone. The picture is what it looks like at home maybe a little flatter.
My sweet daughter-in-law is a breast cancer survivor. Today 9/26/2015 here in Amarillo we had the Susan G Komen race for the cure. My family went down to participate. I would say from the look at the picture my youngest grandson wasn’t to excited about it. So proud and happy for you miss Amy, God has truly blessed us with you.
The Lord has really been blessing us this summer. We had been in a drought for several years. Lake Meredith is about 50 miles North East of Amarillo. At one time it was at a record high of almost 102 feet and thin just two years ago it was at a record low of 26 feet. Today it is standing at 58 feet due the record amount of rain we have been receiving. In fact just the last 4 days days it has risen a foot. This is the greenest I have seen the Texas Panhandle in years. Here is a link telling about it if you are interested.
The wife and I will be celebrating are fiftieth anniversary on 22nd of August. But I will save this for another blog when it gets closer to that date. As for now I would like to dedicate this story to a dear couple close to my heart. I first met Miss Nancy while visiting my cousin John in Altus Oklahoma. They made a sweet couple. I remember she was allergic to cigarette smoke and I smoked back thin we were only about 16 or 17 years old. I remember us driving around like kids do and when I thought I needed a smoke I would stick have my body out the window and smoke it.
Later that year my folks and I moved to Amarillo from Borger Texas. I was around 17 years old then and I had gotten a job parking cars at some down town parking lots. While working at one of the parking lots I was with my boss and one other kid. These three girls came into the lot there was one I had my eye on. My boss Richard knew the girls and he introduced us to them. Yes this is now my wife Charlotte. In fact all three of us dated and then married and now our celebrating two of them 51 years and me 50 years.
John and I would visit back and forth of course talking about our girl friends. We both purposed to them and then we were about setting a date to marry. We had decide that they would come to our wedding on August 22 and then we would go to their wedding when ever they set the date. The day came for Charlotte and I to marry and John and Nancy were already married. they had gotten married on the 20th. Since John was only 19 his folks had to sign for them since that was the law in Oklahoma, and John did not want to wait till he was 21 to get married.
For the past 50 years we have tried to celebrate our anniversary together. We have made many memories together as cousins, and friends over the years, One time John was driving down the road on one of our outings. We took turns on which car to take. John and I have silly since of humor and we usually keep the girls laughing. I do not remember what John said but Nancy just swung her arm around and hit John. It took the wind out of him and I thought I was going to have to reach over him from the back seat to steer the car.
I felt that I would like to write a little something about her to honor her in some way. Sweet Nancy passed away just a few short months ago. She is and will be truly missed. John called last night to see if we would like to go get an ice cream, which was something we have done for years. I asked him if it would be alright for me to write a little story. even though she passed before the 20th they were together over the 50 years. Nancy we love you and we know that we will get to see you again some day.
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