Home is where the Heart is...

Trip Start May 10, 2013
Trip End Sep 26, 2013

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Our time in at our nephew and his wife's was truly varied.  Lynn spent lots of time with Vivian, our grand niece, reading and playing card games, among other things.

They have build a new orchard with sixteen fresh pear, apple and plum trees.  I had the pleasure of having one of the two plums produced this year.  It'll take about five years for the trees to be actually productive.  The fence around them is "moose proof," due to problems last spring with moose semi-destroying last years planting.  I love the beasts, but they do have a nasty appetite.

TJ and Amy had Monday off, so we drove to the town of Hope, ID and ate fruit.  We didn't do it in a normal fashion as you might envision it, but we did eat fruit.  You see, the town is old and has tons of fruit trees on abandoned property.  As they bear, folks can come and pick what they want.  Before lunch, that morning, I remember eating at least one apple, a pear and about a dozen Italian plums.  This plus a few black and sundry other berries as fill in.  Then, we went to a neat restaurant and had lunch!  The food was great here too.  Lynn and I shared a HUGE turkey club sandwich.  It included hand-cut French Fries.  Man, I could barely make it back to the car.  Of course, we had to pick some more fruit to take back so the kids could dry some in their cool food dryer.  What a great time we had!  Then we picked up Vivian at school and went back to the house.

For dinner, we had barbecued, marinated albacore tuna that Lisa and Rich had given us.  TJ marinated it in his homemade Italian Dressing made with Balsamic vinegar.  This was a new twist to us.  It added a special "zip" to the fish.  It was a great meal.  Oh yea, I forgot the first night's meal of smoked barbecued ribs.  It took over six hours to make them just right...and RIGHT they were.  I had to restrain myself from overeating, but not too much. ;o)

Overall it was a great visit with good conversation, new projects checked-out and fine fellowship.  We love to go to the "farm."  But, we also love to visit Lisa and Rich, The Godsons and family too.  No wonder we keep going back...such great people in our family that we just can't stay away...

Did I mention the rain?  It rained pretty much from the time we got to Sand Point until we got home to Helena.  Thus, I took zero new pictures.  We'll be at the lake again soon, so I'll have a chance to make up for it.  

Our last day, Tuesday, involved seven hours at the wheel of the motorhome in continuous rain.  A long day it was, but we made the trip in fine shape.  It was a record driving day, having covered nearly 350 miles.  We got home in time to get most of the "cargo" unloaded before dark.  Stashing it in the house was another matter.  On Wednesday we got the remainder of the booty and so here we are, home...

Thanks for checking in again.  This pretty much sums up our our summer travels.  Now on to the lake to get that place ready for the onslaught of winter.
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Sounds like a fun trip but all this food talk! You're showing signs of your age ;0)

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