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Shortly after returning from a quick visit in Seattle with #1 son, I was expecting my Swedish "sister" to come for a visit so I had to clean house. Ick. As long as no one disturbs the dust, all is fine. Once I started the cleaning was brutal. She arrived and stayed with us a week before we headed off to our 50th class reunion in Texas. Because the drive wasn't going to be long enough, we added in a side trip to Grand Tetons. Luckily, they contained the fires and reopened the gate south out of Yellowstone. The Tetons are spectacular.

A couple of days later we arrived at the reunion. A bunch of other older people. The bartender at the party was impressed by our general energy and especially some of the moves on the dance floor. He decided maybe older people are not dull after all.

Sadly the town I went to high school in has deteriorated in the past 50 years. One of the major employers closed after an explosion. Oil and gas prices are way down. The downtown businesses are few. The movie theater is closed. We went by my old house and it has not been cared for. On the brighter side, the people are as nice and friendly as ever.

I put my sister on a plane and headed home. Two days on the road but I managed to avoid traffic issues (except for Denver which always seems to be a driving nightmare). Now I am home and can't remember how to get a picture from my camera onto this blog. I think I'll go take a nap instead.

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Comment by Barbara Graham on September 23, 2016 at 1:51pm

Actually, Lynne, my old high school seemed to be the least changed of the various places we visited. The hallways seemed narrower (or my backside is wider) and the cafeteria had been moved into an addition. Otherwise, it was eerily familiar. It was the rest of the town that was so different.

Comment by Lynne on September 23, 2016 at 6:50am

Barb,, totally understand about disturbing the dust.  Better to leave it than move it.   I am having my 50th class reunion this weekend.  We are headed to visit our high school first.  Know there will be a lot of changes there,, I don't have a long road trip,, maybe 45 minutes.  But we will have a weekend in a hotel.

Comment by Pam/NY on September 22, 2016 at 4:18pm
Sounds like you two tore up the dance floor! Good for you. We had great music back then!!! Road trips can be so much fun! A lot of small towns have been hit hard. We saw that when we were in NE a few weeks back. Shame
Comment by Janet/MO on September 22, 2016 at 4:01pm

Sounds like a good time for the most part.  I don't like cleaning either.  With having my daughter & her 2 teenaged boys living here, I have come to the conclusion that it is an effort in futility to try to keep this house as clean as I used to when it was just my husband & me. 

Comment by Barbara Graham on September 22, 2016 at 3:44pm

No kidding. Cleaning is not good for my system.

Comment by Prairie Quilter/NE on September 22, 2016 at 3:30pm

A nap is in order!  Sounds like a great trip and a fun time.  (Well, except for that whole "cleaning" thing..."  ;)

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