We arrived back in Tennessee about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning from a 10 day visit home to South Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado.
The Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs
These were taken on the way to the farm where I grew up in western Nebraska.
Sunflowers growing along the roadside.
One of our favorite places to eat!
It was the week before the Sturgis motorcycle rally and Keystone was filling up with bikes. Keystone is a favorite stop for people on the way to see Mt. Rushmore. We didn’t go there this time, but had a great lunch at the Ruby House.
We had a view of Bear Butte from the last (second) house we built in SD. (I probably shouldn’t have taken a picture, but I couldn’t resist.) We loved it and are still sorry we had to sell and move, but that’s the way things go. Mr. DJ designed it, drew up the plans and we did most of the building including the framing, electric and plumbing. There’s some awesome landscaping in the back with rocks that came from the property. 20 acres of beautiful prairie! We’ll build again but on a little smaller scale.
Mr. DJ’s parents live about 10 miles from here on another beautiful piece of property. Their home was built by his dad and the two of us. We had a good visit, saw some great friends and many relatives. The trip was planned around the 50th wedding anniversary of my aunt and uncle in Cheyenne, WY. I was going to see cousins I hadn’t seen for over 30 years. Sunday morning, the day of the event, Mr. DJ woke up very early in extreme pain and we had to make a fast trip to the ER in Rapid City. He had a kidney stone and it was determined that it was too small to admit him to the hospital to zap it. After spending about 3 hours on a morphine drip, which he found to be quite pleasant, we were sent back to his parents with pain meds and the assurance that flying out of Denver the next evening should be no problem.
My brothers attended the celebration and sent our regrets. One of my cousins called later in the day and said she and her sister would still be in Cheyenne the next day and could we make it for lunch? Yes! We arrived right at noon and were surprised that all but one of the cousins and families had been able to stay around to meet us! What a treat! Two and a half hours later we were on the road to Denver where we returned our rental car and Ashley and the C. man took us to the airport. We had about an hour to visit before going through security (which is 10 times more efficient than in Nashville!) and had an uneventful flight home. The kidney stone is history and that’s all I’m saying about that:)
If you are ever looking for a wonderful place to eat in Cheyenne, try Pizzaria Venti or 2 Doors Down, both owned by another cousin of mine. Wonderful food!
I’m slowly getting back in the swing of painting walls and we might get to install some cabinets tomorrow! I won’t know how to act!