It has been one heck of a trip so far. We left Monterey, CA on Sunday, about 1400 after my wife’s second directorial debut of our church’s Christmas production. We stopped for dinner at the best food so far on the trip, Jax at the Tracks in Truckee, CA (https://www.facebook.com/JaxTruckee). The place made an appearance on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and the food was truly superb. Not to mention the atmosphere and service which were first rate! It was also our first shot of truly cold weather. Monterey has been between 45-75 for the last 16 months so low 20’s were a nice change! We made it about 30 minutes East of Reno that night before stopping.
We drove through Nevada and Wyoming the next day, stopping an hour short of Laramie. Temps in the low teens to upper 20’s. Beautiful but desolate country, I would love to stop and explore here on horseback sometime.
We made it to Kansas City the next day and crashed. We met the realtor on Wednesday and saw an empty house with our same floor plan and the outside of our soon to be house which was getting packed out that day. Really nice place, 2200 square feet plus a basement that covers the whole house footprint. Since I am deploying from Leavenworth they are treating me like permanent party rather than like an ILE student, so we got better housing than we normally would. We ate a leisurely lunch in KC and hit the Cabela’s outlet store before driving to St. Louis. Thursday we made it to Nashville early and stayed with family. We went out to see the lights at the Opryland Hotel and, while beautiful, I found it has gotten very commercialized over the years, sorta a downer, but great family made up for it!
We drive down from Nashville in time to get to Cheaha for Friday night. We had a wonderful weekend with my old Scout Troop, 96 from Birmingham. Now we are in Franklin with one of Angela’s sisters. They had a wonderful Christmas program at our old church in Cowee and we are just hanging out, playing and stretching till we head back to Birmingham on Wednesday.