|Maybe Not Exactly Water Tight?|
|Over 3000 Miles Traveled|
|Judy, Prepared for Anything!|
One of the things I love about driving across the country, besides the pictures of the sights we see, is the opportunity to share stories. We each come from a different set of experiences and every now and then something happens, or we end up in some town that triggers a memory... and so we share our stories.
One of these moments happened when we found ourselves ready for a break in Gallup, New Mexico. To me, it was just another town I'd never seen, with ample food offerings and fuel choices. To Joe, it was a trip down memory lane. He told me of a time more than 30 years ago when, helping his sister and brother-in-law move across country to CA, the rented truck he was driving broke down. This being in the days before cell phones, he had to wait until the police "discovered" him, hanging out in the shade under a bridge.
It was a fun and interesting story, wherein Joe remained in Gallup, NM for several days while the truck rental company found another truck, and reloaded his load onto the new truck so he could continue his journey. Because the process took several days, he was put up in a local motel and he made friends with some of the locals. And he discovered "blue corn." The story was of a young man with big dreams ... dreams of fields of blue corn. I had to laugh when he told me he'd wanted to be a farmer all those many years ago. Funny, I did too...as far back as my teens, I wanted to live on a farm.
For typical reasons, neither of us ended up having a farm. Until this year when we bought the old farmhouse. We haven't really started the "farming" part of the whole deal just yet, but we have tried growing a few things, with some success. Watermelons, tomatoes, and sunflowers were great successes for us this first season on the property. Next year we will try some other crops, just to see what works well for us. I'm doubtful that blue corn, that grows well in the New Mexico climate will do so well here, but I am tempted to try it, just because. I have this vision of Joe, standing in amongst the blue corn plants and the sunflowers, just smiling at his successful crops!
So, yes, it was truly a "fond farewell" to that Penske truck today. She inspired old memories, and she helped make new ones.
|Tranquility in Arkansas|
|Resting in Oklahoma|
|Sharing a Meal with the King|
|Admiring the Aliens in New Mexico|
|Bidding A Fond Farewell|