Saturday, August 13, 2011

Vacation recuperation

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.

Road to the farm

Sunflowers growing along the roadside.

Road to the farm2

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.

keystone 2


Bear Butte near Sturgis, South Dakota. Bear Butte

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.

Tilford Rd

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!


  1. SOunds as though you had a wonderful trip! Lots of lovely photos too. Must have been a great place to live and grow up! Poor hubby with the kidney stone - been there done that! No fun at all!

  2. Welcome home, Vicki!! At least it's cooler now!

  3. Wow, what a great trip (except for the kidney stone, which sounded like a bummer). I love seeing the scenery along your way, especially those formations in Garden of the Gods. So cool to hear the story about your cousins coming to see you. How nostalgic was that to see your old house - looks like a gorgeous piece of property! Welcome home!

  4. Sounds like you had a really good time, except for the kidney stone part. I'm glad Mr. DJ made it through the ordeal okay. Nice that your cousins stuck around to meet you the next day!

    Your pictures make me want to visit that part of the country!

  5. Sounds like you had a great vacation (minus the kidney stone). I'm so glad most of your cousins were able to stay around and see you the next day. That is great and I'm sure it made your trip.


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