Jim and Jake our male corgi hit the road on May 1st. They headed to Texas, where Jim had a very positive visit with his wayward brother whom he hadn't seen in nearly twenty years. They connected again, which will benefit them both in years to come. Then, on to Colorado, Woodland Park, up in the Rocky Mountains. The view of Pike's Peak is terrific up there. His Mother and sister live there, and he's been busy checking things off his Mom's honey-do list, and having a great visit with her at the same time.
They leave Wednesday, heading towards Omaha, Nebraska, home of the Big-Boy, a huge engine used by the Union Pacific line. The big, big daddy of train engines! Jim hopes to stop in Des Moines Iowa and go through the state capital, where he used to make book deliveries for the bindery when he had a route there. Following that, he and Jake should head to White Pines Forest State Park, near Oregon, Illinois, where he will work as a camphost until September. Addie and I hope to join the boys by July. My brothers and I will be closing up Mom's apartment in the next few weeks, and moving her to Findlay, Ohio, where she can receive good care from family, taking turns to help out. I hope to make a run to North Carolina to spend a week with Emmy, Josh goes to camp the middle of June, then, hopefully, the way will be clear for the girls to head to northwestern Illinois to live in the pines again, helping to check in campers, and listening to the coyotes as we sit around the campfire each evening, yukking it up, with Rose and Phil, our co-campground hosts.