This picture is from my sister, Peggy Laverdure
Our Thanksgiving Trip Back to Wonderful
getting my almost brand new van for myself and Dad’s recent health scare with
his left eye, the folks and I decided to hi-tail it back home to
Saturday November 21st, we left
We made it
we left to hi-tail it to
We had to
While driving up to Ralston, we did have an interesting and very Wyoming-like adventure. Before driving through Meeteetsee, 31 miles southeast of Cody, we almost hit a very big whitetail deer who was trying to cross the road to go up a steep hill to look for food. Had Dad who was driving not seen it out of the corner of his right eye, that deer would’ve ended our trip. It was big enough to do some major damage to the front right side of the van, had we hit it. Score one for paying attention to what’s going on around the vehicle at all times. After that adventure, we made it to Ralston without any more problems.
We spent the week staying at my Grandmother’s new modular house. It was built for her about a year ago. After her retirement from the railroad, she wanted to move to as close to Cody as she could afford, since she absolutely loves the Cody area.
During the week, we did several things. Dad and his oldest sister, Peggy, took a day trip around the mountains near Cody and took hundreds of pictures of the scenery and wildlife. On that same day, Dad and Peggy met up with my mother and I over at the Cody Middle School to watch my cousin, Sam, play in a 8th grade basketball game against the Lovell Mustangs. The Cody Cougars won easily. Dad took several pictures of Sam playing. After we got back from the trip, Dad made a DVD of the pictures and sent them to his brother, David, Sam’s dad.
One evening we drove to Powell and met friends, Becky and Tim at Hansel & Gretel’s. Their daughter, Carrie, and her daughter, Taylor, also joined us. The company was great but the service and food were nothing to write home about.
Thanksgiving at my grandmother’s was nice. My parents, Grandma, myself, uncle J.J., and his son, Jacob plus family friends, John and daughter, Janet, had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. My mother made a homemade apple pie from scratch.
The day after Thanksgiving, my parents and I went to Cody for another Thanksgiving dinner. This time it was hosted by my wonderful Aunt Peggy. Almost all of my dad’s brothers and sisters and their families came to Aunt Peggy and Uncle Jim’s house for a Thanksgiving buffet. It was wonderful seeing relatives, most of whom I hadn’t seen in 15-20 years. Aunt Peggy was a wonderful cook. She made some foods that haven’t been made since before my fraternal grandmother passed away in 1986.
all good things, they have to end.
My parents and I left Ralston in the wee morning hours of Saturday, November 28.
On our way back home, we stopped in Thermopolis, and ate at a really nice
restaurant called the Thermopolis Café’ for breakfast.
After eating, we got a
We made it
morning we went east towards
throughout this entire vacation, we experienced construction in all of the
states we went thru except for
The adventure started at about 7 p.m. local time. At first we thought that a major car wreck had happened up ahead a ways. As we slowly got closer to the situation, along with hundreds of other cars, trucks, minivans, etc….we noticed that cars were changing lanes as we kinda expected as with any situation regarding a wreck. The entire time we’re in this, we are only going roughly 5-10 miles per hour.
turns out, it wasn’t an accident.
There was an area of construction on I-35 on the
got through that mess, we were back to driving at the speed limit of 75 miles
per hour so we could get home at a decent time as all three of us had be at work
the next day. I’m volunteering at
The trip ended for us as we pulled into our driveway at around 9 p.m. It was a fun trip but it had a few “interesting” moments along the way.
Link to our pictures
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