My Dear 56 Followers,

You might have stopped expecting posts from me by now.. We were traveling for one month, by car, on the belated retirement road trip and I did not post much. In fact, I did not write much either! Barely took notes.

Seven thousand miles with my husband in the car and I pretty much went brain dead as far as my disciplines. Reading maps, keeping our sense of direction, making and canceling hotel reservations, those I can do! But oh, the things we saw and experienced! You might have seen the posts about the graffiti artists in Kansa City? Decorating a western fence, and expedition dog? After that we headed further into the western states.

I hope to chronicle our experiences, photos and insights in the next few weeks or so. I think the mail, laundry and groceries are caught up. Though the checkbook has NOT been balanced and none of the appointments I need have been set up! We have spent some time with both adult children and the three grandkids. Made it back to our church home, too.

So here are a few pictures to whet your appetite to perhaps continue following me? Oy! Can’t do that until I download them from my iPhone. So much to catch up on!

GUESS WHERE!

Guess who!

And two of so many ways to see the world!

Expedition Dog

Did you know that Lewis and Clark had a dog on their expedition? Seaman was the Newfoundland breed that accompanied them. He was purchased for $20 just before they departed Pittsburgh.

He is remembered in this statue in St. Louis on the Mississippi riverbank. I took the photo on a gray day. The river was so high the stairs were closed and waves from the passing tug boats and barges were splashing up!

Toasted Ravioli

Have you ever tried it? Oh my goodness! St. Louis goodness ;-D Zia’s On the Hill. This is the appetizer portion. I could not finish it!

We have visited this place twice. If you get to go, bring home a bottle of their salad dressing, or order it on-line like one friend of mine does! Yum.

Gothenburg

No, I did not spell that wrong! Not Gotham where Batman resides, but Gothenburg, Nebraska. It held a nice little surprise for us.

If you have to leave the spectacle of 500,000 birds you might as well find something interesting on the road to the higher mountains!

And of course, attempt a selfie with the pony express cut out!
The building was not open the morning we were there, but the on-line library of photos provided this for me.

The medalion reads St. Joseph to Sacramento. Quite a ride!

Aren’t you glad about now that you have on-line reading and wifi instead of horseback delivery of messages, newspapers and mail?

Destination Nebraska!

Imagine a 1/4 mile hike on a concrete paved, wide trail, in the dark, but with enough moonlight to see the way. As we approached the Platte River we could hear the cranes but not see them. As the sky began to brighten slightly the birds began to stir. We waited on an old railway bridge (now a walking and biking path) with others here for the spectacle. As the sky got lighter more people showed up. The birds began to rise in clouds: first in fifties, then hundreds, then uncountable thousands. Their song was louder with each group. It was marvelous! As the sun got brighter, a mist formed over the edges of the river. The birds continued to rise. One photographer said the birds on one sandbar-like area usually departed early. We decided they were teenagers and sleeping in today.

This was our first sunrise on the Platte River for the Sandhill Crane Migration, the largest Sandhill migration in the world. This migration map from iBird show their migration ranges.

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The day we were there they broke their record for birds in the area. A plane flies over and calculates the total population. There were over 650,000 birds.

At night the birds rest in huge groups in the shallow waters of the Platte River on sand bars. During the day the cranes glean the corn fields. I started calling them Ruth and Naomi. They are difficult to photograph up close as they are extremely skittish. So my photos do not include close-ups.

What an amazing spectacle! The big snow storm closed the area a few days after we left. We were fortunate to have blue skies and warm weather.

Graffiti as Art

If you are fortunate enough to visit Kansas City, you might get to see these artists at work. This first guy has on slacks that mimic a cinder block wall in black with brown mortar. Notice the design on his back pocket!

The weather was lovely. The paint fumes were thick. Some artists wore masks. Girls gathered in front of the wall as background of their beauty shots. The colors were amazing. There were a few working from sketches, but most of the work seemed to be random creations. The music was constant and some guys wore earphones for their own tunes.

And HOW funny is his wardrobe selection? Sherwin Williams; they have the logo “cover the earth”
Pose for your beauty shot!

Amazing stuff. I could not tell you anything that was said in the words in the paint, but the colors and designs were fun.