We're home now. In truth, we have been for a couple of days but I've been crashing early without making a stop at the blog first as I haven't felt quite up to par. I'm not sure if it was something I ate or more like everything I ate. El Dorado isn't exactly the bastion of healthy eating, you know. Nothing serious, just a little off but I'm on the mend. Here's a few rambling thoughts from our time behind the windshield.
1. Gas - $2.70 per gallon. Why yes, I think I'll have some, thank you. It was $3.09 here when we left and $3.16 when we came back but everywhere in between it was under $3. We laughed because all the way up there it kept getting cheaper and cheaper. I told Wayne if we'd just continue north, they'd be giving it away. Obviously, that didn't happen.
2. Sometimes the stars are just aligned. We spent the night in McKinney, Texas, on the way to Kansas. We were tired when we got in and decided just to walk to the shopping area across the street from the hotel to find us something to eat. Imagine our delight when we turned a corner and right smack dab in front of us was a Pei Wei's, a favorite of both Wayne and I. We've been known to seek them out when we travel because we don't have one here. It.was.delicious.
3. Who knew Panera Bread was such a happening place on a Saturday morning? Certainly not us but the line extended out the door when it was our stop for a take-it-on-the-road breakfast one morning. I highly recommend the pumpkin bagel with plain cream cheese.
4. And continuing on the food trend, Kansas was an epic fail in a couple of areas. The Dairy Queen was out of chocolate and Doc Green's no longer serves Blueberry-Pomegranate iced tea. Bummer on both counts.
5. The clock surely must move at a faster pace when it's marking the time spent with old friends. Old, of course, referring to our long-standing friendship and not our age. I met up with my school chums at 1pm and next thing I knew it was 4pm. I don't know where that time all went. The same could be said too for family who means so much to us.
6. If I were doing the 30 Days of Thankful that many do in November, I'd have counted heated seats in the car on several days. The thermometer didn't top freezing until mid-afternoon on the coldest day. Needless to say, this Florida girl wasn't a fan of that weather. I was, however, happy an ice scrapper was in the glove box. We figure it has been four or five years since it's seen the light of day unless you count when we traded cars. And I'd be fine if it were longer.
7. Thanks to a detour in Tulsa, we found ourselves on Route 66 on the way home. It was only for half a mile or so...not long enough to get any kicks. You may have to be a baby boomer or older to get that reference.
It's always good to go. And it's always good to be home.