Friday, September 8, 2017

Oregon to Nebraska - Part 2


 
After leaving North Dakota (see this post here) we headed south thru the Dakota's towards Nebraska. We had an eight hour drive that day, and the boys handled it really well.  We rolled into Clint's dad's place a little around 6 and were excited to introduce Papa Dave and Grandma Melly to Calvin. :)
 
 
The next day, Mel made a big dinner and their friends Dean & Fay came over, along with Kristi and Jace. We spent the day relaxing, visiting and eating really good food. Mel makes the best rolls (seriously, I think I ate five or six that day - I can't resist) and a corn recipe with Dorothy Lynch dressing that I want to try.
 
 
The next morning we headed to Alliance. I hadn't seen the Stumpff's new place (Clint had been there this spring when he came out for the Hebbert sale) so we stopped by and got the tour. That also let us see Robbie and Jacobi since they had prior commitments the day before. They bought a fixer upper (that came with a lot of acreage, which they wanted) and have been working so hard to fix it up. We were both trying to buy places this winter, and so it was fun to see theirs in person.
 


Chandler had a ball there - he got to watch TV for a few minutes (lol - we have an entertainment system in the van, but he shrieked with glee when Kristi turned on Paw Patrol), see the goats, sheep and pig - but his favorite was driving the tractor with Jace.

We also made sure to get a family selfie - we sure love the Stumpff's and are so proud of Jace and Jacobi and all they've accomplished. They're going to do good things in life.

From there we picked up Taco John's for probably the eighth time and headed towards Grant. I love - LOVE - TJ's (and so does Clint) but we don't have them in Oregon so we stop there as much as possible when we're in the Midwest.  We also stopped north of Ogallala and met up with Dave & Mickie Hebbert for a quick visit. They were coming back from Colorado where they'd picked up their grandsons from their other grandparents and we stopped at the visitor center which let all three boys (their two plus Chandler) run around while Dave and Clint got to visit.  Clint worked for the Hebbert family growing up, and it's where his love for the Charolais breed started. We can't put into words how much we respect this family - and we sure valued the time we got to spend with them.

From there we stopped to see Clint's grandma in Grant. Yvonne was doing well and enjoyed meeting her newest great grandchild. :)  Although he hung out with me for the picture (since he was sleeping) while Clint, Chandler & Great Grandma got in on the picture action.
 
 
We also had a chance for Chandler to try his first Runza (it's a THING in Nebraska) before heading to Colorado.
 
 
Where I got to have a Starbucks after a five day withdrawal, lol.  I enjoyed it in the car at Rocky Mountain Sires, while Clint looked thru the bulls in stud there. Studs have strict biosecurity measures, so it was just as easy to let Chandler play in the van. He loves to "drive" and Clint had a leftover cup of ice from his drink at breakfast so the time flew by. :)
 


 
Then we headed to a park in Bennett and spent the afternoon with Clint's mom.



It was a really nice park, and we stayed there for a few hours to play and visit. The only thing we should have done differently was take this picture at the beginning of our visit, instead of the end. Chandler had played hard - and was T.I.R.E.D.  It was good to see Clint's mom.



Watching brother play - soon they'll both be running around the playground!

 
We kept trucking west, and spent the night in Rock Springs, WY.  After a decent night's sleep, we kept heading west thru the smoke from all of the wildfires, for home.


Cheesy crackers are a MESS in the car - but Chandler loves them, and we were on vacation so we broke out extra wipes and let him have them.


The sweetest little feet you ever did see.  :)
 
It was a long trip - but the boys did great, and it was worth the miles to see family!

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