Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Weekend Trip to Tennessee

We planned to leave at 7 a.m. but were anxious to leave so we managed to get out by 6:30.  We actually had our suitcase packed for a week.  

It seemed like we packed the van with almost as much stuff as we would if we took the motorhome.  Two dog carriers, two dog car seats, two regular leashes, two extension leashes, dog food and treats, dog pen, water and bowl for dogs, people snacks, pop, two cameras, video camera, mp3 player, jackets, suitcase, gifts for Tommy and Grig, GPS and laptop.  Good thing we have a van now.  We never did pack light.

The van sure beats traveling in the car.  It is so comfy.  Both boys sat in their car seats for the entire trip.  They were tethered in so when we opened the door we didn't need to worry about them bolting.  We hook the leashes then unhook the tether--always secure.  [if you watch the video, turn the volume down]

The trip down was easy and pretty unremarkable.  There was extensive ice storm damage from southern Illinois all through Kentucky.  I inquired if damage was just in the I-24 area and was told that the entire state of Kentucky had damage.  Many trees were uprooted from the weight of the ice but almost all of the trees still standing were broken at the top and the branches were either hanging from the tree or on the ground.  

We arrived about 5 p.m.  Tommy had taken the day off work so he was already home. Evan, Avery and Grig arrived shortly after we did.  Now off to Long John Silvers for supper.  The remainder of the evening was spent catching up.

From southern Illinois (about Mt. Vernon) on the red buds and Bradford pears were in various stages of bloom.  A sign of spring for sure. Right?

We brought Tennessee clothes with us, expecting warm temperatures and it was warmer than home.  But we were not prepared for Sunday's frigid temps.  The temp was in the low 40s with a brisk wind.  

Why does this really matter you might ask.  Two words--barn chores.  The guys have three horses which are boarded several miles from their home.   I enjoy going to the barn.  Ever since I can remember I have loved horses.  Never had one of my own but I can live vicariously through others.  

Leveaux, Claire and the new arrival Dolly are all quarter horses.  The guys have had Dolly only a couple of weeks and won't be riding her for a while as she is green broke. She is huge.  Grigsby hopes to barrel race with her eventually.  Tommy plans to show Leveaux.  I forgot the term for the type of showing.  

There is a lot of "barn drama."  Keeping up with the other tenants and so on.  I have asked to be updated on any tidbits of info about the people or horses we have met.   

We did a lot of eating and hanging out.  Two things we do well.  

Our visit was much too short.  But now we know the "boys" (Quark and Harley) behave at someone elses home, we don't need to bring the whole "house" with us for a quick weekend trip.


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