Thursday, September 25, 2008

Road Trip

This past week I spent most of my time looking at this. What a view! Her name is Stella and she is my niece.

My Mother (Judith in the photo below) had a high school reunion over the weekend in North Platte, Nebraska and she asked my sister and I if we'd like to go on a mini road trip. We said sure and the trip was made. Both of my parents grew up near North Platte. My Dad in Maywood (todays population 331) and my Mother lived in North Platte (todays population 23,878) and Wellfleet (todays population 78) - We spent two days going to all of these towns and looking at all the places that meant something to my mother.

This is Alison, Stella and my Mother (Alison's mom, too) This photo was taken in Denver, but I'll get to that in a few days.

Judith (Mom) showed us where her friends lived, where she used to play, the church she attended, the farms of friends and family and told stories at each stop. We went out to visit a woman who works her own farm, 4000 acres. She hires help only when absolutely necessary. I can't imagine.

I spent a few summers in Maywood with my grandparents and I visited with my family many many summers so the tours we went on weren't new. What was different was that I wasn't a teenager hoping only to get out of the car! My sister and I paid attention this time and hopefully we will be able to remember some of it.

This is the Maywood, NE cemetery. I am probably related in some way or another to nearly everyone in here. We took a lot of pictures of the individual headstones. We've got a lot of kooky names in the family, but taking the pictures also helped to give a visual record of the births, deaths, familial relations and marriages.

Western Nebraska is one of my favorite places on earth. I just love it. Too bad I'm allergic to horses!

More episodes coming in the next few days.



Leigh said...

That looks like a fabulous trip! And that baby Stella is a living doll! Those eyes.....

Marchelle said...

thanks for the nice comment on my blog!! those pictures are great, can't wait til you share more! i've never been to nebraska - that rolling pasture looks absolutely BREATHTAKING! it reminds me of PW pictures! =)

Kirby3131 said...

Leigh - I know! I spent several hours in the back seat of the car next to Stella - we just laughed and cooed and smiled.

Marchelle - Thanks!! Nebraska is a neat place. I have a few more pasture pictures that will be showing up. It's times like this that I wish I knew photoshop lol

Anonymous said...

Such a cutie! I get to go see my nephew today - I've had a cold and have stayed away from him, but I'm better and I CAN'T take it anymore! He's probably driving by now. ;)

they grow so fast!

"J" said...

What a FUN road trip!!! =)

Stella is sooooooooooooooooooooooo baby-sweet!!!!