Once again we are travelling to attend a funeral. Our brother-in-law Dave Payton passed away and and we attended the celebration and the family reunion that naturally results from occasions such as these.
Having dinner at the Dam Bar restaurant in Kingman, AZ.
We continue to be amazed at the conversations initiated by our 3-1/2 year old great grand daughter, Gracen. This is a text we received from her mom Tara:
So, the other night I played with a couple of her sticker things and the next morning she noticed! And she let me have it. She said, "Let me tell you something, when someone goes to bed someone else doesn't need to take it upon themselves to play with other people's stickers... I'm really upset with you!"
We like to travel with the grand kids. I'm always searching the internet for new and unusual places to visit. When Rachel and Kelly were young we went to big name theme parks every few years and we've also taken most of the grand kids to those places. The younger ones occasionally ask me when we will go to another one, but to tell you the truth I dread it. One reason I dread it is the expense and another is that the adventure is artificial. I guess I'm looking at it from an older person's perspective but I need a little more substance to my adventures. The trips I've enjoyed the most over the years have been seeing the Arizona meteor crater, touring a farm, a jelly bean factory, and an ice cream factory, a bone museum, a dinosaur museum, the Wright Brothers museum, and an ugly car museum in Tennessee. We explored an abandoned mill town that was the set of "Hunger Games", we've had a muscadine cider slushie at a peanut stand in North Carolina, toured the waterways around New Bern, NC in a small tugboat. We've eaten fresh sea food at an ocean front restaurant at Nags Head, pulled pork sandwiches in Memphis, and the famous biscuits at the Loveless Cafe just outside of Nashville. We've walked around the Petrified Forest and climbed to the top of Chimney Rock. There are so many things to see in this beautiful country of ours.