Saturday, January 07, 2012

On the Road

Sunset on entering Fort Stockton, Texas this evening. We're staying at Atrium Inn, an absolutely wonderful place---and a room with a Jacuzzi---all for less than $70. We left Grand Rapids late Thursday afternoon with everything in good order. Carlton is watching over the house and business, while Alex and Rhonda keep the doors open for customers. This is a buying trip for the store, and we've already made some great purchases, including benches and birdhouses. Tomorrow we will be driving into Big Bend National Park on the Rio Grande River on the border of Mexico. We'll be hiking and staying at the Chisos Mountains Lodge for three nights and then driving on to New Mexico for more purchases for the store. Our last stop is Denver where we will be staying with dear friends Darlene and Kathy and going with them to church on Sunday: Columbine United Church where Dr. Steve Poos-Benson waxes eloquently from the pulpit.

We had a fantastic time driving the Ozark Mountain backroads of Missouri and Arkansas. Our destination was the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. It's an incredible place, free of charge, funded by a massive Walmart inheritance.

That pristine setting was balanced by ram-shackle houses along the way that would fit in well on Abrigador Trail.