Sunday, September 27, 2009

Wonderful visit with family in Kansas

Since I last wrote, we spent Thursday driving over to my brother and sis-in-law's place nearDodge City, KS. We had lunch pulled over on the side of the street in Granada, CO. We saw lots of huge feed lots (or t-bones on the hoof according to John) on the way and also noticed that quite a bit of rebuilding had been going on in Greensburg, KS since we were last through there a few months after the devastating tornado that occurred in May 2007*. The family had a nice dinner waiting for us and we enjoyed playing with the little ones.

The next two pictures are ones I took when we drove through Greensburg in 2007.

The next three pictures were taken on this trip.

The local college where several of our nieces attended was kind enough to allow us to park there and work off our site rent (with full hook-ups, no less!). So, after going to a local parade in the rain on Friday morning and then walking over to see Marcy & Josh’s house, we worked for about 6+ hours on Friday with other volunteers assisting with a remodeling job. Everyone was very nice and we enjoyed visiting with another full-timing couple who were our neighbors. After we finished with that and got cleaned up, we headed out to my brother and sister-in-laws’ for a quick dinner and then back to the auditorium for the college girls’ volleyball game. It reminded us so much of small town sports when we were growing up!

On Saturday while John & Jon were working on the RV generator & checking the AC units, Deb & I drove in to Pratt to get groceries and then we met the guys back at the motorhome, where Jeremie, Stacy and their two kids met us for a picnic lunch in the sunshine. Then John & Jon headed for a small local lake to go kayaking/fishing and Deb & I enjoyed some visiting time. We made a side trip to see Stacy’s newly remodeled house and then we headed back to their lovely log home where Stacy had fixed a wonderful elk stew and Marcy made some great garlic mashed potatoes – yum, yum! More kid time and we all called it a fairly early night.

Jon & Deb each stopped by Sunday morning on their way to church activities to say goodbye and we headed out around 9:00 a.m. Thanks to Jon, Deb, Jeremie, Stacy, Josh & Marcy for a wonderful visit!!

*Quote from Wikipedia: "On May 4, 2007, Greensburg was devastated by an EF5 tornado that traveled rapidly through the area, leveling at least 95 percent of the city and killing eleven people."

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