Day 4: On this day we mellowed! No traveling, no plays, no sight-seeing; we stayed home put our feet up and relaxed. Different family members dropped in to chat, and I visited with a neighbor I hadn’t seen in years. We sat on the back porch and talked about those mundane things that are the glue of relationships: the hot weather, our children and grandchildren, who is marrying who and will so-and-so ever get married, the jobs we love and those we don’t love so much, etc. By mid-afternoon the summer heat won out, and we moved in doors to air-conditioned comfort, but the talk continued. Later we prepared a simple meal of garden vegetables followed by a desert of ice cream drizzled with chocolate syrup. It was a simple day, a simple meal . . . a delicious day as we all had a wonderful, relaxing day of enjoying each other’s company. That night we slept a contented sleep which was good, because day 5 would be another travel day.
A few shots from Mom and Dad‘s place.
Day 5: The second leg of our journey took us to Detroit, Michigan. A dear friend’s son is celebrating his Bar Mitzvah and we wanted to join in the celebration. Before we departed on our trip however, Richard and I stole away to take a stroll along the Ohio River, just a couple of miles from Mom and Dad’s place. The mist was just rising from the dew-moistened earth, birds were chirping loudly, and we had a peaceful walk. Due to the recent floods that left debris strewn everywhere, we were unable to follow the path down to the river. But the walk was enjoyable none-the-less.
My brother, David, stopped in on his way to work to wish us one last good-bye.
Then once again, we hit the road!
The scenery from Louisville, Kentucky to Detroit, Michigan is quite different from what we saw traveling through Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. Our trip this day took us through rich, fertile farm country. It was a great day for traveling. Except for a major traffic backup in Toledo, we had not problems.
We arrived in Detroit around 5:30 pm and were seated at a banquet by 6:00 pm.
For the next three days we will be visiting, feasting and celebrating with our friends. I will probably not post again until we are back home. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you when I get back. Thanks for taking this wonderful vacation with me!