Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ready to Go

Iris

This morning we picked up our rental van.  Our friend Bob stopped over.  We showed him what plants have to be watered.  We invited him to come over as often as he would like.  Sit on the back deck and enjoy the view of Route 1 and our Purple Martins in our backyard oasis.  Neighbors on either side of our house will be keeping an eye on our house as we do their when they are away.  We don't often go away so usually we're the ones watching the house.  It's a reverse situation this time.  Probably the last time both Bill and I will be making a trip together.


The main purpose of this trip is for Bill to visit his hometown of Toccoa, Georgia.  Bill is 82 years old now and this will probably be the last time he sees his hometown.  We visited last year but only stayed a few hours in the afternoon, not enough time for Bill to visit his old haunts.


Later we will be visiting my brother in Greenville, South Carolina.  We'll stay there a few nights then we're off to Cades Cove, Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains National Park.  Bill has never seen this beautiful American Shangri-la.  I am looking forward to showing him around.  On the way I hope to meet up with several of my family cousins in Tennessee and North Carolina.  


We have no set time to be at any place, this is a casual trip.  I don't like to be tied down to a "If this is Tuesday this must be Belgium" schedule.  


I'm taking my iPad and iPhone with me and hope to keep my blog updated but I cannot guarantee that I will.  If you don't here from me for a few days, don't panic.  I will be back.  


As much as I'm looking forward to this trip I am going to miss my home here.  I am truly at home here in Delaware.  For the first time in my life I am living in a place that doesn't feel like a temporary way station on the way to my permanent home.  This is my home and I will be glad to return. 


Paying for the rental this morning

21 comments:

wcs said...

Bon voyage!

Vương Tử Trực said...

Have a great trip!

Don Voth said...

Ron and Bill, Have a great trip!

nitewrit said...

Ron,

have a good trip, take a lot of pictures.

Lar

Raybeard said...

Bon voyage, my friend. Will be thinking of you as you do what is surely going to be a very poignant trip.
Keep us posted on your travels if you can, otherwise looking forward to reading about everything on your return.

Btw Your postings of pictures of flowers in bloom are always really inspirational. I do love them!

Ur-spo said...

I hope you have a safe and fabulous trip.
I will be intrigued to hear the details.

Mark said...

Be safe!
Your Friend, m.

Tony said...

have a wonderful safe trip, the both of you, and i will be looking forward to the photos and reports, since these are places i will probably never visit myself! -tony

Ron said...

Thanks Tony! We're on the road right now as I type this to Greensboro, NC. More when we check in the hotel.

Ron said...

Thanks Mark!We have room in our van for you and your crew! Wish you were along to take pictures!

Ron said...

Dr. Spo,
We just crossed over into North Carolina. Rebel country!
Details when we check into hotel in about two hours.

Ron said...

Thank you Ray. I'm riding shotgun (navigator) right now. I drove six hours this morning. We're two hours away from the hotel in Greensboro. Glad you like the flowers. Rick was my inspiration.

anne marie in philly said...

have a good trip. I have been to many of the places you have mantioned.

Ron said...

Thanks Don! No 'fine dining' yet. Shoney's this afternoon (hamburger) and Ruby Tuesday tonight. YUM! We're off to Greenville, SC tomorrow.

Ron said...

Thanks Lar! Wish you were here. I know we would have a lot of fun. This trip is very hard on Bill. It's probably our last trump like this.

Ron said...

Thank you Anne Marie. We got the hard part of the trip out of the way - Norfolk, VA. Now it's time to enjoy our trip!

Ron said...

Thank you Tai.

Ron said...

Thank you Walt. You've given me inspiration for posting pictures of beautiful flowers. Whever I go now I look for beautiful flowers to take pictures of.

Ron said...

Thank you Walt. You've given me inspiration for posting pictures of beautiful flowers. Whever I go now I look for beautiful flowers to take pictures of.

Jeff said...

I love iris! You're going to miss DWTS.

Ron said...

Jeff,
I'm sitting in a motel room right now in Townsend, Tennessee watching DWTS. I missed the show last night because of a late night at my brother's house in Greenville, South Carolina. We're going to stay here s couple of days. I'm taking a lot of pictures.