October up here on the hill…

First – I’m delighted to write that it hasn’t snowed yet. In fact, most of October was quite pleasant weather wise. And although our leaves weren’t as “peep worthy” as past years, the tourists were here and even I continue to be awed by the beauty of the trees.

I’m also delighted to report that since it’s not an election year, we’re not being bombarded by political calls. We “gave up” our land line this year and are hoping that future election callers won’t be able to find us.

We had a tremendous storm come through last week and we spent this morning picking up branches. There’s also a gazillion, trillion pine cones in the yard but (along with a million acorns…) we don’t rake anymore so they’ll just have to stay where they are.

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Our road Monday

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Lots and lots of New Hampshirites lost power for more than a few days due to last week’s storm. We’re thankful for the generator that kept us humming along until our power was back on by Tuesday afternoon. There are still some areas with no power this weekend. As I drove south on 93 the other day I spotted a “mini-convoy” of electric company trucks heading north on 93. Yay!

The landscaping company has finished planting our wall area. The wall has been there since we did the house renovation a couple of years ago. But – the wall “step” was planted with grass that was impossible to mow – so this year we bit the bullet and had stuff planted. No perennials – nothing that has to be dead headed or trimmed or anything.

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Roady’s had a quiet month sitting on the shelf with my JDRF Fundraising Award from the JDRF walk last fall (a whole lot of you donated – thank you). This month is Diabetes Awareness Month, so I’m posting D-stuff/reminders on FB. Everyone should be aware of the warning signs of Diabetes. Type 1 is diagnosed in very young children all the way to older adults (uh, that would be me). It’s dangerous and can be deadly if it’s NOT diagnosed.

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Happy November!

PS – Did you know there are anchovies in Worcestershire Sauce? I didn’t!

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Home!

Before we get to the “happy, happy, life is good stuff!” I’m so effing tired of people dying. Hurricanes, earthquake, random shooters. I’m so sad for everyone who has lost a relative, a friend, whoever.
In our area, two local landscape companies have many employees from Puerto Rico. The companies are collecting funds to help these employees and their families. The support has been phenomenal.  
This afternoon there’s an NBC video of our president tossing!!!! paper towel rolls to people in a church in Puerto Rico. Like the souvenir footballs at a high school football game. I try not to watch the news anymore.
PS – Happiness is a text from your son saying. “I’m okay.” from LasVegas.

We arrived at the house on the hill on Friday afternoon.

Thanks to some lovely friends, we enjoyed a delicious dinner that evening that we didn’t have to cook and even better, didn’t have to order from a menu. They dropped off a cooler at our house before we even got home. Yes, we have delightful friends. We’re lucky.

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Our final days were interstates and just – get – home…

Left Memphis on Tuesday and headed to Lexington, Kentucky. Driving through Kentucky on a beautiful, sunny day is a treat. Green grass and fences and horses make traveling not so bad.

Our hotel recommended Malone’s. Good grief! Nicest hostess people and servers ever!

Really. And – even better? Delicious steaks! And they weren’t HUGE. It was very nice. Sat at a table in the bar with 4 chairs. I told Moffett he could sit on the side where he could watch sports on the TV. Our waitress calmly said, you know, you could both sit on the same side.  Too funny – we did and she made us laugh. I really, really, really wanted to order this dessert. I didn’t. But I did want to.IMG_0879

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Thursday – drove through West Virginia and stopped at Bridgeville, PA. We tried to find a restaurant listed on Yelp! for lunch – when we hit the single lane, gravel road, we reversed and ended up at Shoney’s.  Good Grief! We have not been to a Shoney’s in many years. Probably will wait another many years before going again…

More on the next episode of nhmeanderings…

 

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Memphis!

Sunday, September 24 & Monday, September 25
(Posted Wednesday, 9/27)

Cheapest gas for the entire trip was in Missouri.
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We went to Memphis! We had never been to Memphis! We wanna go back to Memphis! At the urging of one of my favorite cousins, we stayed right downtown at the Hampton Inn on Peabody & Beale Streets.
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Arrived in the evening and a hotel employee strongly suggested we go to Blues City Cafe. We really enjoyed the music and the food and our waiter and the couple from England who took our photo. It was a great night!

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On Monday morning we headed off to the National Civil Rights Museum. After some walking around and around to find the city trolley –  it was hot – I got whiny… We finally found the right trolley and got to the museum. Bags are inspected and you walk through a scanner (I didn’t due to the insulin pump).

It’s overwhelming.

We’ll have to go back. The brains could only take in so much and then – there was overload…

It’s an incredible and inspiring and sad and angry and wonderful place.

We spent several hours and we would/will go back.

There were videos and sounds and photos and voices and history and…

As we exited the museum…

And then we decided to visit the Pyramid – The Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.
After eating we visited the fish and the alligators and walked around just looking at all the stuff.

Back on to a trolley cuz we wanted to get back so we can watch the ducks at the Peabody Hotel.

Didn’t happen – our bus driver was so enthralled with telling us all about his family and his town, Memphis – he forgot to drop us off. Took us to another trolley stop and got us on a different trolley. And we didn’t get back in time but – it was okay. Loved hearing the stories he told and feeling the pride he has in his hometown.

Walked to dinner and saw this on the street. So neat!

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Goin’ to Kansas City

Blogging in Lexington, Kentucky – I’ll get caught up eventually! Hope to be home on Friday.

Thursday, September 21 – Kearney, Nebraska – on our way to Overland Park, KS.

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A very long time (1987) ago we sat at a restaurant in Richmond, VA trying to decide if Moffett should accept a job offer in Kansas City. When we left the restaurant, the radio was on and playing The Beatles – Kansas City.

Took the job, moved to Overland Park, KS and stayed there for 10 years.

And so, we returned to visit with Kyle and sneak in a few other visits when/if Kyle was busy. Had a great time with Kyle. He and his friend, Ben, took Moffett out to one of the casinos where Kyle and Ben both won some money. Moffett came out ahead $1.18. It was $1.17 but he found a penny on the sidewalk as they were leaving.

Visited with a d-friend and a former co-worker. Both are favorite people and it was so really nice to have time to visit.

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Even got to get some laundry done at Judi and Aaron’s house. (We don’t own a month’s worth of underwear so being able to do laundry is really nice.) Thanks!

Wandered through Barnes & Noble – holy moly,  I forget how HUGE everything is. Ran into a grocery store and had to find each other by texting. I loved visiting. I love my small town with 3 traffic lights.

Kyle is a manager at Furniture Deal$ in Overland Park so – we stopped by the store in between eating – and eating more.

And then – it was time to leave…

And go to Memphis!

But – on the way… We stopped for lunch in Springfield, MO to meet up with Ray & Lynn. Ray & Moffett went to school together for grades 1 – 12 in Leesburg, VA. We hadn’t seen them in years and so our short visit was too, too short.

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Sign for the restrooms!
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And got to Memphis. Where we’ve never been before.

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Oops – forgot! Drove down our street in OP. Boy, did the trees grow!
Our old house is on the left.

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Heading Homeward/East/Interstates

(Playing catch up on Saturday, September 23 in OP)

Monday, September 18

So – left Twin Falls on Monday morning and drove forever and ever and ever down to Wells, NV and then eastward to Park City, UT.

A whole bunch of driving!

Stopped for lunch in Wendover, UT. It wasn’t easy. The restaurants were all in the Casinos.

Then we drove through the salt flats – quite amazing.

Stopped in Park City. Overwhelmed by the awesome views.

Tuesday, September 19

Left Park City in pouring rain, heading to Laramie, WY.

The pouring rain turned to SNOW! OMG – it’s still summer! It wasn’t in any forecast that we looked at.

It was annoying…

Stopped at a Flying J/Denny’s for lunch and to buy a snow scraper and some gloves. Yes, we did bring a snow scraper but it’s just one of those little plastic ones cuz we thought there might be some frost. Sure…

Snow stopped and spent the night in Laramie. To say that we’re getting tired of restaurant food is a real understatement.

The Laramie motel was plopped out in a field and the view from our window was really quite nice.
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Wednesday, September 20

Sunrise! For whatever reason our bodies are working themselves back to Eastern time so I was up and finding the coffee early.
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As we drove through Wyoming on our way to Cheyenne, the fields were snow covered.

My friend Sarah met us for breakfast in Cheyenne. I love having a friend who will drive a whole lot of miles just to see us! We had a great time chatting and I’m grateful that the restaurant wasn’t crowded so we could stay a long time. (I met Sarah through the DOC – Diabetes Online Community. A very incredible group of friends!)

And that night, we reached Kearney, Nebraska.

And the trip continues…

We’re having fun.

We’re just about ready to be home but we’re off to Memphis tomorrow!

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Are we there yet? Yes!

We made it to Twin Falls!

We enjoyed a great weekend with Lindsay and Chris.

Lindsay had just been notified that she passed the Idaho Bar Exam and was offered a job that she’d applied for earlier. So, lots of happy, happy, joy, joy!

Something new – Huckleberry Ice Cream. It was yummy. You can buy a gallon of huckleberries for $75. I don’t think so.

For The Love Of Huckleberries: August Brings Out Hunters Of Elusive Fruit

Huckleberry Info

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And then a “tourist stop” for us tourists. This is a trail at the river – it’s beautiful.

Here’s a video of the Evil Knievel jump in 1974.

We also stopped at the Twin Falls Visitor Center.

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We brought Chris his Legos…
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It was a wonderful weekend – wish we could have spent more time but – we’ll be back!

Monday morning we left to head East. And now – we’re back on the Interstates and traveling more quickly. (Well, at least until today when we drove through snow!) We headed down to Wells, NV and then across Utah and into Wyoming.

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On the Interstate Highways

Thursday, September 14

It’s Sunday as I write this and tomorrow we’ll hit the roads – the interstate roads – and head to Overland Park, Ks to visit with Kyle.

But – meanwhile on Thursday the 14th, we spent some time in Idaho.
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Arco, ID was the first city in the world to be lighted by atomic energy on July 17, 1955. I was five years old!

After a delicious lunch at Pickle’s Place in Arco, we visited The Craters of Moon. Who knew such an awesome place was right here in the US? It’s beautiful.

The Craters of the Moon... (go check out the website – it’s amazing!)

That night we stayed in Blackfoot, ID.

Friday, September 15

On our way to Chris & Lindsay’s, we stopped at the Idaho Potato Museum. This was bigger and better than the Jell-O Museum! And seriously –  a whole lot of fun. Mr. Potato Heads and potato mashers and Spudniks!

Those are potato mashers on the top left.

Those are Mr. Potato Heads through the years on the top right.

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In Blackfoot…

Driving through Idaho to Twin Falls…

A rest area with Oregon Trail history.

Huge hay bales trucks – we thought these were potato trucks but they’re probably sugar  beets – and a wind turbine.

A stop for lunch in Burley, ID.

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Wyoming – more

Wednesday, September 13

The road went on – and on… and we arrived in Yellowstone. Having “done” the Yellowstone thing with the boys many years ago, our plan was to drive through, enjoy the views, maybe see some critters and then stay in West Yellowstone. One buffalo taking a snooze was about it for critters. We didn’t stop with the other hundred tourists to take photos.

Oh – and several years ago in Nevada – Moffett purchased the National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass for $10. The cost is now $80.
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It was a gorgeous day – still lots of tourists but probably not as bad as summer time traffic. We had lunch stuff and pulled over to make lunch next to a river stop with 2 picnic tables. Another couple drove up and sat at one table and while we stood there with our cooler at the car, another (younger) couple drove up and literally ran to the other table and set their stuff on it. Well! Luckily, the first couple’s wife came over and asked if we’d like to sit with them. Corrine and Paschal are from Zurich, Switzerland and we spent a delightful half hour eating and chatting with them. Luckily they spoke English cuz we weren’t going to do so hot if we had to unearth our French and German. They had planned to be in Montana but the smoke convinced them to change directions.
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Dinner at Bullwinkle’s in West Yellowstone – Met another couple who we enjoyed talking with during dinner. She even posed with Roady!

Our motel room had a nice table and chairs outside where we enjoyed drinks and the sunset. Although we think the sunset was enhanced by the smoke beginning to move in.

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A “bear proof” trash can near our room.

Our view from the motel’s b’fast room.
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Onward to Idaho!

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Wyoming

Tuesday, September 12

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Best Western in Lusk, WY. In the summer, the owner (guy on the right) fixes omelets outside in the chuckwagon for the hotel guests. Great place to stay and according to the owner, they are ranked as the second best breakfast in all the Best Westerns in the US. And although we didn’t get omelets – he had just cooked up the scrambled eggs.

 

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center – Casper, Wyoming
As the main point of convergence between the Oregon, Mormon, California and Pony Express trails, pioneer history and westward expansion is the story of Casper’s earliest days. Throughout the 1800s, hundreds of thousands of brave Americans passed through this area, and the NHTIC is the nation’s preeminent place to learn their stories through interactive exhibits, a powerful video and knowledgeable staff.

An absolutely fascinating stop. We had no idea it was here and just happened to see a sign and decided to stop. It was great!

The pictures on the linked site are MUCH better than mine –
The simulated ride across the river was fun – I posted the video on FB.

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Driving through Wyoming – the vistas were stunning.

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Quality Inn in Thermopolis, WY. Amanda told us that the best burgers were just across the street at the gas station. So we had dinner at the gas station. Any yup, great burgers.

 

The view from the parking lot at the gas station / cafe.
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Next stop – Yellowstone.

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Nebraska…

Monday, September 11

We made it to Idaho this morning but – have to go back to Nebraska for some fun!

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We headed to O’Neill, Nebraska’s Irish Capital – sure… We didn’t even see a pub.
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But here’s the worst part. I had caught the cold from hell – actually from Moffett – and spent the day sleeping and with Puffs and Benadryl. Looking at Yelp – there weren’t a whole lot of hotel choices and we really wanted to try and do local when possible. One place had three WONDERFUL reviews and one – Oh My God don’t stay here review. I believed the three wonderful. BIG MISTAKE!!!

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One look at the room and we knew we were sunk but I really was too sick to travel any more – so we stayed. Snacked on cooler stuff, skipped dinner – Moffett watched football using closed captioning and I slept.

All better next morning – had a fabulous breakfast. I honestly think the chickens had to live in the back yard because the scrambled eggs tasted great. The thing below was parked outside the restaurant and we were clueless – should have gone over and asked the driver. Posted it on FB and a friend suggested that it’s part of a wind turbine. I think he’s right!
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On our way and GPS says 242 miles to Gold Rush Byway!
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We drove through the sandhills of Nebraska – beautiful.
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Took a short detour through a National Forest. (A National Forest in Nebraska is a whole lot different than other National Forests…)

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And so – onward to Wyoming!

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