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West Bound (a family update)

Heading for Denver Co. (A family update)

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First order of business, returning to Gallatin, was to spend time with our Golden Neely after leaving her with my mother for 3 weeks. She was extremely happy to be reunited. While we were gone she also had fun hanging out with the neighbor dog Jake. Frankie loves setting on Mom’s patio reading and playing with Neely and Jake. I will have to check when we head west to make sure that Frankie hasn’t snuck Jake into the motor home somewhere.

Weather in Missouri has been very pleasant and even cool at night. One evening we visited cousins Phyllis and Rex who live on Lake Viking near Gallatin. A sunset cruise on the lake brought out the jackets and blankets.IMG 8657
Mom & Frankie left and Cousin Phyllis Below.

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We drove to Omaha to make a delivery to cousin Scott and family. We hadn’t seen them since their family had grown from 4 to 6. We had a great time with them all.!

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IMG 8677Eating very well in Greece and Italy has taken it’s toll so we’ve tried to do some exercising, However the eating well continues here. I guess the starvation will have to wait until we get back to Phx. Time here has been pretty busy. My cousin JD needed a web site design updated in 4 days so I took on that challenge. Check out the result www.goshowmeenergy.com [1]. Work continues on it and everybody seems pleased. It’s an interesting alternative energy company.

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Buggy below left has a trailer with building materials. Right, an Amish man works his team of horses mowing pasture grass.

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I had to put a picture of cousin JD and newest grandson Case and the proud parents Jay and Kate.
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IMG 8762IMG 8770My cousin Katharine IMG 8769& Kevin arrived from the Chicago area by Amtrack train to an interesting old train station in Osceola Iowa. With all the airport delays it’s makes trains a good alternative. They arrived 10 min before the train departed and had a relaxing ride through the country side. Sounds like fun, Frankie and I will have to do that someday.

IMG 8776IMG 8783Before heading west we had another excellent dinner at the Season’s restaurant in Gallatin with Mom and 3 of her sisters. Gallatin’s courthouse square across the street. A very fitting way to wrap up the family visit.

I’m writing this setting in Phillipsburg Kansas about half way between Gallatin and Denver on HW36. We took this smaller highway today on the northern border of Kansas to stay in the green farm country. Couldn’t resist stopping and taking pictures in a huge sunflower field in full bloom.

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Tomorrow (Sunday) we will drive into Denver to spend Labor Day with my cousin Jamie and Jeff who live in a historic area in the city. We’ve never been to their home so we are both looking forward to it.

If it sounds like we’ve seen a lot of my cousins, we have, and enjoyed it very much.

Until the next update.

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