Our two vehicles are loaded with the only possessions we kept.
I think my Christmas cactus knew we wouldn't be here for Christmas.We carry so many memories with us. We moved in on a "Trivial Day."Aug. 9, 1974.
Gerald Ford was sworn in as President as we made this our home in Rolling Meadows, IL. We raised our three children, were involved in many activities with them, our community and the Chicago area. We were avid Chicago Bulls fans in the Jordan era but remained diehard Packer fans.
Our first stop going West was in Macomb, IL to visit with our grandson Jason. He is a Junior at Western Illinois University. We stayed overnight at Walmart.
On the road again Tuesday Dec. 8. To my sister, Claudia and Bob's near Sun Prairie, WI. for lunch. We had a wonderful visit with them and Bev, my sister and her husband Tom.
Since Dec. 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception we attended a Prayer Service at St Patrick's in Mauston, WI. We stayed overnight at Flying J, Marston. Each night we would move things off our bed in the RV so we could find our bed. In the morning we'd anchor things down again and be on the road.
On the road again Wednesday Dec. 9 to Savage, MN to visit my brother Pat. When we started the trip Phil said the RV was handling hard. He had gotten different tires before we left Rolling Meadows but realized an adjustment had to be made. So he stopped at a Goodyear dealer in the Minneapolis area. We met up along the way. We stayed overnight at Pilot Truck Center near Alexandria, MN.
On the road again Thursday Dec. 10. Driving near Spiritwohd, ND I thought the horizon looked interesting. It can't be mountains already???!!!
As we continued on the road I realized it was low lying clouds.
Near Richardton, ND
We stayed overnight at Walmart in Miles City, MT.
On the road again Friday Dec. 11. There was a little dusting of snow on the vehicles when we got up in the morning but it was melted by the time we were on the road.
Coming into Butte, MT. we saw our first snow on the ground. Butte is 5540 feet elevation. In planning our trip I'd seen some mighty cold temperatures at Butte so we made sure we didn't stay overnight there. We stayed overnight at Missoula, MT Walmart.
On the road again Saturday Dec. 13
Once again a dusting of snow in the morning but by the time but the roads were good. We were so blessed with good road conditions. Traveling across North Dakota and Montana we could have run into some mighty fierce storms. This is near Huson, MT.Near Alberton, MT. it was a winter wonderland....as long as the roads were clear it's beautiful.
Traveling in the shadows of Lewis and Clark.
No traveling on Friday Dec. 18 because of the snowfall in western Washington.
Looking out Ted and Allison's backyard to the Riverside State
On the road again Saturday Dec. 19. The winter wonderland roads were good.
|The "lake that goes forever" near Cle Elum.|
|Ski Lifts at Snoqualmie Pass.|
Snoqualmie Pass Summit.
Ahh, we made it to Corrina and Tait's near Seattle. We got there several hours before their Annual Christmas party that we have heard about for years. We enjoyed visiting with family and friends.
We had a wonderful 8 days preparing for and celebrating Christmas with Corrina, Tait, Teagan and Cooper. We went to the bar the 2 Sundays to watch the Packers games, went to Teagan's basketball game, got out for some good walks and just time hanging out together.