Houston Quilt Festival!

After more than 2 weeks of traveling and visiting, we finally made our way to Texas which will be home for 3 weeks.

Our first big event was the Houston International Quilt Festival. This annual event brings in thousands of people to take classes, listen to lectures, see more than a 1000 quilts on display and shop more than 1000 vendors!

It was amazing. The work displayed was stunning. The vendor options staggering. You name it, it was for sale.

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Live music and dinner on the plaza.

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A sea of streamers along Main Street.

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Quilter: Timna Tarr

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sugar skull doll

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Quilter: Maria Shell

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Love this quirky quilt!

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Koi Fish b y Danny Amazonas

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My photos do not do any of these quilts justice. There were so many amazing quilts from every “genre” of quilts. It was inspiring and overwhelming and wonderful.

 

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Missouri

Fort Niangua, Lebanon and Lake Paradise, Lone Jack, Missouri

We spent 6 days in Missouri and visited with Vin’s brother Joe. It was great spending time with family and seeing how much all the kids have grown!

Fort Ninagua, along the Niangua River was just gorgeous!

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And the hidden playground in Lone Jack was fun!

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We went to the Steamboat Arabia museum in Kansas City. These guys found the Arabia in a corn field and all 200 tons of its cargo! Food stuffs, building materials, material and housewares for a dozen or more general stores up the Missouri River.

Hundreds of forks and spoons, boots, beads, dishware, axes and awls, saws and rod iron bars, pickles, cherry pie filling, nails and spurs, and the original boilers and a reconstructed water wheel.

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These are hand blown, paper thin glass beads (among some other pretty things). I cannot even imagine what it must have been like to discover it. How do you even begin to process a find like this?!

About 65% of the find has been cleaned and is on display. You can even see the people working on pieces in the lab that is right on sight.

We found dinner at a little place called The Burrito Brothers and bought spices at The Tikka House. Fresh dill and gyros!

We also visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. An amazing outdoor collection of Henry Moore sculptures. We toured the Block galleries and saw works by Cezanne, Picasso, Degas, Bonnard, Gauguin, Renoir and van Gogh. Absolutely gorgeous!

Lunch with a great niece and her husband and then dinner with a niece/husband/son at authentic Kansas City BBQ.

Our stay finished off with a good ole Midwestern thunder storm! Lots of lightening and wind and rain.

My first visit to Kansas was a resounding success.

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Week 1!

And so the (mis)adventures begin! Our first week on the road!

Out of the gate we got started much later than we had planned but that didn’t send us over the edge too much.

In the darkness and rain of the Berkshires, we headed out into the night bound for somewhere in Pennsylvania. We made it just outside of Binghamton NY and stopped for the night.

Our first day of driving was covered in a thick layer of clouds but not much rain. Yeehaw!

We had a planned stop at Kenisee Lake in Ohio. Our GPS, which in theory should help us avoid low clearance areas since it knows how tall we are, led us down a narrow dirt road towards a bridge with a 10′ 8” clearance. Yeah, not going under there! We’re 12′ 6”!

Welcome to the first trial of the trailer. We could not turn around anywhere. So we had to offload Deb (the Smart Car) and then unhook the trailer, push the trailer out of the way, back up and turn and reattach the trailer. By now, we were only a mile away from our destination so Deb did not ride on the trailer.

Strongly considering getting a tow bar for her since she is made to be towed 4 down.

Bound for points West on I86. We passed a number of orange cones which had created a super narrow space for traveling. As I said something to the effect of, “well those are just asking to be run over…”, the sounds of thwump thwump thwump could be heard echoing.

Not so bad, right? Until we stopped to discover that said thwumping meant we’d totaled our retractable stairs and torn a piece of metal back like a sardine can lid!

Seriously?

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Seriously.

Figuring there was no fixing it then, we kept going. We spent a couple of days visiting with family which was great. My husband’s family is so warm and welcoming. We don’t get to see them all often enough but it’s really wonderful when we do.

We stayed near the Niangua River and spent some time wandering the riverbed. It’s littered with rocks that look like pumice.

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And we just marveled at a “flock” of golden eagles spiraling in invisible thermals.

We are currently residing east of Kansas City, waiting on steps to be delivered and installed. Those cones are costing us over a grand to deal with. Hard lesson.

Fun things:

  1. The land is stunning in the Midwest.
  2. There are camels in Missouri!
  3. Driving should end by 3pm if you’re traveling west.

And on to Week 2 we go! Stay with us for all the adventures, mis and otherwise!

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Prepping for Adventure!

Well, it’s hard to believe but we are finally here. We are finally getting ready to hit the road for  adventures. We bought our rv, Flo, in March of 2016. We’ve done a few short trips here and there but this is it. We rented our loft. We purged most of what we owned, stored what we didn’t need on the road and loaded the rest into a 37′ Class A Pace Arrow. We’ve been parked up at a campground in our home port for the summer but the time has come to stretch those tires!

So, pack up the deck chairs, load up with water and propane, celebrate with K as she gets married and it’s off we go!

This space will chronicle our adventures. We’ll check out quilting venues and festivals and shops. We’ll hit writing events. We’ll see family and bear witness to our country as it is right now. Barnaby will be with us and have adventures of the feline kind. And I’ll share it all here.

Join us if you like. Comment when you can. We’ll miss you.

“Be well, Do good work, and Keep in Touch.” Garrison Keillor

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