While we were in Branson, we got word that our son Robert was on his way home from his short term deployment to Afghanistan, escorting a fallen hero to his family in Maine. Since one of the advantages of being retired and living in a bus is flexibility, we changed our travel plans and headed for Clarksville, TN to be here when he arrived. About 15 minutes from his house on Thursday afternoon, we got a call from him asking if we could meet his plane in Nashville that evening. We were delighted to comply! And I’m pretty sure he was happy to be home in his own house again.
We had a great time visiting and, of course, eating. We ate at Morton’s Steakhouse in Nashville for his welcome home dinner and enjoyed a really, REALLY nice dinner, complete with freshly prepared lemon souffle. Let’s just say Texas Roadhouse will never be thought of in the same context with Morton’s!
Last evening we got together with yet another of my Melton cousins, Rhonda Rose and her husband Ed. They live just south of Nashville and they were gracious enough to drive to Clarksville to spend the evening with us. Rhonda is one of my much younger first cousins and I don’t think I had seen her in more than 25 years. Wish we lived closer! We could enjoy spending more time with Rhonda and Ed.
As we have traveled in the last few days, we’ve seen more and more fall color every day. In Kansas the most common fall color is the yellow of cottonwood leaves (and mums), but the hardwood forests here provide a glorious variety of color! Reds vary from an almost rosy red to dark maroon and even flame orange. If we get more pictures on our return trip, I’ll try to post them for all of my central plains friends to share.
The mums outside Rob’s house are in full bloom and add a smidgen of color to his treeless front yard.
Rob has to get right back to work tomorrow so we said our good-byes tonight and will head out in the morning. We’re going back to Kansas with a stop in Oklahoma to see our granddaughter in the Tulsa area. New roads, new scenery, different maps to read, but the same destination. See y’all soon!