Day 21 of our 21 day adventure

We are finally back home from a wonderful vacation. It only took us about 5 hours to get home today and the girls were excited to see us, our dogs included…

Here’s a collage of our overall vacation. We had a blast! Thanks for joining us along the way and hopefully it won’t be too long before we travel again.

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Day 20 of our 21 day adventure

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We slept in this morning, and oh how glorious it was to finally be able to get some much needed rest. We have another full day of driving ahead of us though and so we can’t really dilly dally all day long. So… after quickly checking out of our hotel, we are now on our way to Urbandale, IA.

IMG_2593After a couple of hours of driving, we spot an Air and Space Museum and decide that we can’t possibly pass this up. We both love airplanes and if I hadn’t joined the Army, I probably would have joined the Air Force. I have always had a fondness for anything related to space as well. So this is the perfect place for us to spend an afternoon.

IMG_2619I am completely amazed by the sheer size of some of the aircraft. It’s hard to believe that something this large can actually make it off the ground. I’ve seen plenty of airplanes in my life, but these are huge! After making our way through the self-guided tour, we stop in the gift shop and buy some much needed space ice cream and some other small trinkets that we are sure that our girls will like.

IMG_2604We are back on the road within a few hours and still making good time, even though the traffic has picked up. After arriving at our hotel, we are surprised to find that our room resembles at hospital room. We are in a very crowded district here in Urbandale and after settling in, we try to figure out what to do for dinner. Neither of us really wants to venture out into the traffic, and fortunately we find out that there is a very nice restaurant within walking distance of the hotel and so we decide to eat there for dinner to avoid the traffic on the roads.

IMG_2633The place turns out to be quite charming, its country style suits me. The place is called the Machine Shed and honors the American farmer. I am very surprised at how amazing the food is. The people here are really friendly and this is such a great way to end our day. We’ve had an amazing adventure so far and this will be our last dinner on the road. Tomorrow we head for home. Ahh… Home Sweet Home! I can hardly wait!

Day 19 of our 21 day adventure

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We are leaving Avon today and heading out to Grand Island, NE. I am eager to get going since I am not really fond of this place. Don’t get me wrong… Colorado is a beautiful place. In fact, I would say it tops some of the places we’ve seen on our trip, but at the same time I don’t feel like I belong here. The people here just seem very different from what I am used to, and I think it’s because I’m more of a laid back kind of girl, not a fancy schmancy girl like some of the ladies that I have seen around here.

IMG_2507After breakfast at the hotel, we are finally on our way. The rain had been intermittent today and is kind of nice since it has helped to cool things down. After several hours of driving we spot a rest area in Georgetown and decide to stop. After stopping, we learn of a train ride not far from where we are. I’m excited because I’ve never actually been on an old fashioned steam engine train and I’ve always thought it would be fun to take a ride on one.

IMG_2515Brian and I both agree that the train ride sounds like a lot of fun and so we head up to Devils Head Station to buy our tickets and board the train. Within 30 minutes we are sitting on an old steam engine train that uses oil for fuel. The views of the mountains are incredible and we pass over a raging river a few times on the route. The ride lasts for about an hour and we opt against the mine tour that is offered at one of the stops.

IMG_2541After disembarking the train, we enter the gift shop and spend some time there looking at all the amazing train memorabilia. We have had such a fun day and decide to stay in this town a little longer to grab some lunch. It’s still sprinkling off and on and we find a restaurant in the downtown section before the rain starts to really come down. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is family style, which makes me feel quite at home.

IMG_2531After lunch, we head back to the car, weaving our way through the crowded streets and passing all of the small town shops. All of a sudden, the rain starts to pour and we quickly look for a place to take shelter. We dart into a coffee house that looks more like a library than anything else and both order some coffee while we wait out the rain.

IMG_2585It’s cozy in here and I know that if I lived here, that this would probably be one of my favorite places to hang out. The rain doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon and time is passing by quickly, so we decide to head out the back door of the coffee shop and make a mad dash for the car. Soaked to the bone, we are now in the car holding our warm coffees and trying to stop shivering. It reminds me of being a kid once more and playing out in the rain just for the fun of it. It’s sad to think that those days are long gone.

IMG_2592A few hours later and we have now arrived at our hotel in Grand Island, NE. With nothing left to do and still quite full from lunch, we decide to watch a movie and get to bed early. It’s been another great day and we only have one day left before we head for home.

The Worst of 2015

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Seems like everyone is re-posting their most loved posts of the year.  So I decided to do the opposite and give you a list of my top 10 least viewed posts for the year.  The main thing I noticed about all of these posts is that none of them have any pictures!  I suppose this is probably the biggest reason that they haven’t been widely viewed.  I was also a brand new blogger at the time that most of these were posted.  So if you missed any of these and have time to read, please by all means indulge yourself!  😉

Here they are….

#10 Traveling Onward – This is the story about Terah and his family.  It is here that we get our first glimpse of Abraham (known here as Abram). The original story can be found in Genesis 11:10-31.

#9 Obsidian Water – This story describes the second day of creation.  The sky and the sea are finally brought to life.  The original story can be found in Genesis 1:6-8.

#8 Spontaneous Formations of Life – This is day six of creation and one of my favorite days.  Animals and mankind are beautifully created.  The original story can be found in Genesis 1:24-31.

#7 Impropriety – This story is about Noah and shows how he struggled with sin just as much as the rest of us do.  The original story can be found in Genesis 9:18-28 – 10:1-32.

#6 The Deliverer – Here’s one of the first poems that I ever wrote.  It’s about a woman who tried to share her faith and leaves feeling discouraged.  I think many of us can relate to similar situations.

#5 Too Late for Goodbyes – It’s in this story that we witness the death of Abraham’s beloved Sarah.  I actually cried while writing this one.  The original story can be found in Genesis 22:20-24 – 23:1-2.

#4 Rules and Rainbows – In this story, God has a conversation with Noah.  Agreements and promises are being made about the future of the world.  The original story can be found in Genesis 9:1-17.

#3 Swearing By Posterity – In this story, Abraham decides to look for a bride for his son Isaac.  The original story can be found in Genesis 24:1-9.

#2 Creatures of the Air and Sea – Here we see day five of creation being described.  Sea-creatures, birds, and fish were all created on this day.  The original story can be found in Genesis 1:20-23.

#1 Waiting and Watching – This is the story of Noah and his family aboard the ark.  During this time, they are patiently waiting for the waters to recede.  The original story can be found in Genesis 7:24 – 8:1-14.

 

I hope you check out some of these posts, despite their lack of pretty pictures.  😉  I also want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year!  It’s been so much fun getting to know all of you and I look forward to another year of meeting new bloggers and continuing on with the wonderful friendships that I have developed over this past year.  Love and blessings to you and yours!  ~M

 

Also….

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for my blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

 

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