Well, where we are this past week has depended upon the day. Our friends Wayne and Rhonda Scott who were supposed to be headed here ended up with an unexpected detour on their road here. Wayne had been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in Albuquerque just before we got to Truth or Consequences but thought he was recovering enough that he would be able to pull their fifth wheel to Kansas City where he would be treated at KU Med Center. The best laid plans, however, can get derailed. When they stopped in Hooker, OK planning to go on the next day, he made an unexpected trip to the emergency room and was admitted to the hospital in Liberal. When the doctors decided that he needed to be flown to Kansas City, Rhonda needed help getting their pickup and 5er there as well. Since she doesn’t have experience with the rig, we drove the car out on Monday and LeRoy drove their pickup back here. She spent the night, then took my car on to meet up with Wayne and his daughters at the hospital the next morning. We then met her and her brother-in-law near KC and exchanged her rig for my car and then drove back here. That was Tuesday.
Friday we left for Cherokee, OK. Every 5 years, LeRoy’s high school has an all-school reunion and it happens in years ending in 0 or 5. Since we don’t have family there anymore, we took Liberty so we’d have a place to stay. No problem, since we’ve driven that road many, many times…except that sometime in the past 10 years or so since we’ve been on it, the pavement has been removed from a 12 mile stretch of the old “shortcut”! And since it has been raining steadily for the last week or more, it was a spooky ride. Picture a 40′ bus on a narrow muddy road with nowhere to turn around or turn off. LeRoy did great. I, on the other hand, was a basket case! Once we got to Oklahoma, the road was paved again but it was a ride I hope we don’t repeat in the future.
We had a great time visiting with LeRoy’s classmates in the class of ’63, along with others who met at the decade get-together. After nearly 50 years of being around his friends, I don’t hear many new stories about my husband but I sure hear the same old ones many times! I’ve become friends with several of the wives and women classmates and we enjoy ourselves at their parties, too.
Today we are back in the Sedgwick, KS area, parked and plugged in where we belong. Probably not for long, though. Since it has been 5 years since we became South Dakota residents, it is time to renew our drivers’ licenses. For full-timers, that means we have to prove that we have spent at least one night in the state recently and we can’t renew online. Since LeRoy’s license will expire by the time we get back from our Alaskan cruise, it means we have to make that trip soon. I think we’ll leave on Tuesday. We don’t have to go to our county of residence, so we’ll find a licensing office closer to the state line and cut some time and miles off our trip. By the time we get through with all this, we’ll need that Alaskan cruise vacation!