Saturday, June 18, 2011

We are home

We drove 5,468 miles.
We drove the trails west and home again.

We stopped for fossils and rock shows.

We visited National Parks and Monuments.
We visited our children in Oregon and California.

We followed worn paths.

We honored those who have also traveled
these sacred grounds.

Our wagon is very different from
the covered wagons of the 1840's.

We were comfortable sipping coffee,
talking and listening to music.

Our adventure has filled me with awe.

It will take me a few weeks to process
the 3,724 photographs we took.

There are wildflowers to identify.

We will decide on one photograph
 to frame for our travel room.

I have bird sightings to record.

I found fossils on my travels

and met many amazing people.

We began our journey with a little
dashboard friend,

She entertained us for hours
as she pointed out wildlife
and gorgeous landscapes.

It is a beautiful country we live in.

We learned about the geology
of each area we traveled and about the
flora and fauna of the past.

Mammoth joined us in Oregon at the
John Day Fossil beds.
He has a very interesting story.
I am looking forward to sharing it with you.

I did some shopping too.
Lots of new books for my Natural History library.

I am happy to be home.
Happy to hear the cicadas sing and watch the fireflies.
Happy for lighting storms.
The butterflies and birds greeted me.
My children are happy.
We laughed and hugged
and laughed some more.

I already miss them.

Fossil hunting is my new hobby.
I am dreaming of gem trails.


Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry,

Let me be the first to welcome you home my friend. I have missed you.

Your holiday time sounds amazing. So many new ventures, and you found fossils, so exciting.
The landscape is beautiful, we all love our homeland.
I love the bird in flight, this is a wonderful image.

Time spent with family is always the best. I can hear your laughter. I am sure you miss your children.....

I have held your garden in my thoughts. I hope all is well.
Have a peaceful Sunday with the birds bees and butterflies.....

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Welcome home Sherry. I can't wait to hear all the details of your trip. Lucky you to have found some fossils. Those ruts in the hills are amazing. Beautiful flight shots.

ShySongbird said...

Welcome back Sherry :) I have missed you!

What adventures you have had and what memories you will hold! You travelled so many miles, I cannot imagine it, 100 seems a long way to me but thousands....!!

Lovely to see some of your photos and more to look forward to.

How lovely it must have been to visit your children, I'm sure you all had a wonderful time.

Blue bird said...

Welcome home, more later. Julia/bb :)

Judy said...

Glad you had a good trip!! I do not envy you the task of editing and otherwise sorting through more than 3,000 photos! I love the first shot of the vulture, and the red boot on the fence post!! That one made me laugh!