Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Vacation - of sorts

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Kansas to visit with my family.  I've seen my family but hadn't been to the house I mostly grew up in since my mother died in 1996 so it was an emotional journey as well as a physical one.  I still couldn't stay there and thank my sister for letting us stay at their house.

It was wonderful to get to see my father and my four sisters and many of their family members as well but it's also tiring to drive such a long way.  It's also really hard to get any one-on-one time with anyone in such a crowded setting!

We didn't do anything much except eat and talk but it was like old times for us all to be together again.

Most of our trip was overcast but I did manage to photograph this chicory (I think!) flower growing wild at a little roadside park.  The one thing I wish I'd gotten was the "smoke" as we were driving through the Great Smoky Mountains!  I've lived in North Carolina for nearly 35 years and have driven through those mountains countless times but this was the first time I'd seen exactly why the mountains were called the Smokies. 

Yes, I've seen the billowing mists that hover over the mountain peaks and drift down along the sides and yes, it does look like smoke arising from those mountains.  But, yesterday as we were driving home, I saw white columns of mist that looked exactly like campfire smoke dotting the mountain sides!  It was truly awesome and I wished I could have gotten to my camera to document the event.  Unfortunately, my husband had packed the camera in its bag in the trunk as he was loading everything from our night in a motel and I didn't notice until I reached for it to try to photograph that "smoke"!

Anyway, we're back and I hope to catch up with everyone soon!


readingsully2 said...

Nice shot, Jan. Emotional trip.

sue said...

Welcome home Jan .. you'll need a few days to recharge batteries by the sound of it :o)

Jan said...

Thanks for stopping by, Carole. Yes, it was somewhat emotional even after all this time.

And, yes, Sue, it's taking me a while to get back into our regular routine. For one thing, there's a ton of LAUNDRY to do!!!!

Christine said...

Hi Jan, it's good to have you back! I missed ya.
I am glad to hear that you and your husband are traveling and getting away to visit with family and seeing the sights now. How was your baby doing during the long ride? I love to think about Cici and that she has found such a peaceful home with you.

That's a lovely flower shot by the way. To bad you weren't able to get the smokey mountain shots...but oh well, at least you got to see and enjoy the view and have the images in your memory. ;-)


Dors said...

Welcome home Jan, It's good to have you back with us. Glad you had a good time with the family.
It's always nice to be with family even if it is at times emotional.
That's what life is about.

Looking forward to seeing your work once you get settled again. Long trips certainly take time to get over.

Hugs. :)

Jan said...

Hey Christine, I've missed you and everybody too. Still trying to catch up and also trying to work on some art at the same time - difficult!

CiCi was good during the trip but pretty much refused to both eat and go to the bathroom for the whole week! She went without pottying (of either kind!) for over 24 hours one time! I don't know how she does it!

Hi Dors! It definitely does take some recuperating time after such a long trip! I can remember driving it straight through when I was in my 30's but now a motel after 10 or 12 hours looks pretty good!

Teresa said...

And we're very glad to have you back here in NC! Which is actually starting to get cool now (Yay!).

Glad you enjoyed some time with your family - even if some of the memories were sad.

Wish you had gotten that pic... I've never seen it as you describe it either!