In mid November, Debbie and I took a little road trip – 5,900 miles in 29 days, traveling through parts of 13 states.  Our first stop was Leander, Texas for our granddaughter, Jenna’s Confirmation and a few days with Brian, Jerilee, Jenna, and Jordan.  Everyone was working and in school, so we fit into their schedule and enjoyed the time with our distant kids and grandkids.

Next stop was Monroe, Louisiana to visit my family.  This was the first time in several years that all his siblings were together.  We celebrated Thanksgiving with a 4 generation family gathering.  It was a beautiful fall in LA and nostalgic for me to see the bayou in fall colors.  My mother has moved into assisted living, so it was a new experience to “visit” her in her new home.

From Monroe we traveled across the Arkansas and Mississippi farmlands (and Mississippi casinos) to Nashville, TN for a few days with Jason, Wendy, Danna, Riley, and Braden.  Riley and Danna’s high school was playing in the state football championship game, so I go to witness the team’s state champion win and Danna’s cheering for the team at the game in Cookeville.  Again, everyone was working and in school, so we enjoyed the time we had with our other distant family.

Relying on good weather, we took a Northern route home through Missouri, Illinois, Kansas into Pueblo, CO for a visit with Debbie’s family, the Levinson’s.  Dennis, Sherry, Jason, and Aaron.  Sherry’s mother is also in assisted living and we had a wonderful visit with her.

We returned home through Utah, Idaho, and Oregon, encountering snow, wind, and rain to a wet welcome home to Western Washington.

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