The second part of our Friends and Family Tour ended Wednesday when we returned to Birmingham after a trip of more than 2,500 miles. We had lots of fun meeting friends and new family members.
As you can imagine, on a trip this long we took a lot of photos. See where “THE CAPS” went on Part 2 of the Friends and Family Tour.
First photo opportunity: Wasn’t it nice of Tennessee to ‘welcome us’ on Friday, October 10?
A friend of Wally’s cousin owns THE ARTS COMPANY in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. We needed help to get in!
We escaped briefly from our dry home in Wally’s car for this photo at the SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS. This festival has been a favorite Buckner tradition for more than 25 years
At Paducah, Kentucky, we found a river (Ohio), some statues (representing the Lewis and Clark Expedition), and some quilts (behind closed doors).
We tried to get into the museum but it was not open yet so we just posed ourselves on this plaque
Our next visit was with Wally’s younger brother and his wife in Arnold, Missouri After dinner they took Mark’s Brittany spaniel, Copper, to Ted Drewes for a “doggie bowl” of frozen custard. The humans had some too.
Frozen Custard from Ted Drewes, St. Louis, Missouri…Yummmmmm!
Wally put us here in the wind and pouring rain just to pose for this photo at the St. Louis’ cathedral
In the rain at Fulton, Missouri, we listened to Winston Churchill give his famous “iron curtain” speech. We tried to follow his advice to “keep calm and carry on” (and dry!).
At the Blueberry Hill restaurant, we watched Sheryl and Wally eat hamburgers, drink Fritz root beer, and play checkers using the little pink and yellow bags of fake sugar they found on the table.
Wally’s alma mater, William Jewell College, welcomed us to the stage after Wednesday morning chapel
We found Lewis and Clark…again. From near this spot, they continued their trek up the Missouri River. We wished them well!
The shuttlecock sculpture on the front lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City (sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen) might be renowned, but we almost got squashed
We sunned ourselves beside a fountain flowing with blue water in honor of the Kansas City Royals who earned their way into this year’s World Series
The journey was long between Kansas City and Murray, Kentucky.
At the Rend Lake rest stop in Illinois, we chatted with a woman practicing a routine on stilts. But she was too tall for photos with us!
Rend Lake, Illinois
Dinner awaited everyone at Sheryl’s cousin’s house. In Murray we rested while Sheryl and Wally toured Murray State University, recounted Churchill stories, saw former family homes and businesses, located tombstones…and ate catfish.
We lingered at First Baptist Church Murray, Kentucky where Churchills have worshipped for three generations
We hadn’t died but we wanted to see the sign at the J. H. Churchill Funeral Home—begun by Sheryl’s grandfather in 1886
Since the students at Murray State University were in class no one bothered us. We paused to remember that Sheryl’s father was the first student director here.
Fall colors and blue skies surrounded us as we traveled to visit Sheryl’s cousin in Eddyville, Kentucky
We cuddled and romanced at the Barkley Dam, Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky
“Breakfast, Lunch, Pizza” were offered…but the restaurant didn’t serve caps!
An easy swing at the KenLakes State Resort Park
At the end of this fence was a yummy picnic…then a respectful visit to the Meriwether Lewis burial site on the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Although this Saturn rocket was stationary, we posed for a photo at the Alabama welcome center near Huntsville and moved on
We dared ‘defend our right’ to have had a good time!
The miles we traveled…the farmland, fall colors and city sites we saw…the “recyclers” with whom we re-connected…the “newcomers” who became “keepers”…the PEOPLE who gave us their time and love encouraged us so very much. Many thanks.
The third and final leg of the tour ends in Columbus, Ohio with a visit to Sheryl’s brother and his family for Thanksgiving.
Thanks for traveling with us!
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