And so the journey continued....with so much to take in.
We were near here... I think when we spotted yet another eagle.
The others we just passed by because there was really no good place to pull over. Actually we tried once, but the eagle flew away. Anyway, we kinda figured that would happen again but opportunity arose and Myguy figured out how to get off the main road and onto this snowy lane that led to a farmers land- kind of like a service road.
We could see the eagle was still there.
I could hardly breathe and was scrambling for our best camera. Hurrying to turn it on, I started shaking like a leaf because I wanted this photo so badly!! The eagle was perched on ... a low branch.... I could hardly believe my eyes. Not only was he poised all beautiful, but there was this whole herd of sheep in the same shot! I could barely steady my hands and worried I wasn't waiting long enough to slowly push the button down so the picture wouldn't be blurry! I snapped three... and then reached for my iphone to take one with it. As I began to zoom in.... I could no longer find it on the branch. Did I zoom on the wrong tree? Looking away from the camera my eyes searched .... but the eagle was gone! Neither Myguy or I even saw it fly away... let alone where it went?
But we got it! Three, fairly- non blurry photos of a beautiful eagle ... and sheep eating the prettiest green hay. It was one of those moments where you just can't even stop smiling. It's our favorite picture of the whole trip and this morning it became the newest banner for a
shabby olde potting shed.
I mentioned in part one that we stayed in Colorado.
The Comfort Suites has always been our very favorite motel. Not the Comfort Inn and Suites although we think they own both. But the Comfort Suites.
This one is in Fort Collins and walking into the room we were so happy to discover it was red!
It was where we woke up on Valentines day. The night before we ate at Applebees.
Notice the "treats" on the bed?
It was a GIFT from our waitress!!!
Something happened while we were in Applebees- I want to share it so bad...but I think some blessings gotta stay just between you and God. Alls I can say is:
we had an encounter with a very old couple next to us.... and it was Valentines day.
God grew love real big and we got blessed .... so deep.
I think He spilled into our waitress as well... and as we were leaving she asked us to wait please...
Then she handed us a to go bag with these treats. It was decadent chocolate cake all warmed up... and a huge dollup of icecream. It was yet another love moment.
Looking into eachothers eyes; thanking her, ... I could see Him in her heart too.
We brought our blessing treat back to our room, and shared every scrumptious bite.
No guilt whatsoever.
Then we played chess!
Myguy hadn't played in a long time and needed to read the directions first.
I'd never played before but he promised to teach me.
He wrote out a cheat sheet for me... and determined to let me win. lol
He's like that.
I kinda like chess...
but really love Myguy
Our next destination was New Mexico.
Our roads were all really good overall... but we did see the accident in Colorado Springs on Valentines morning and then this one too...
It's a Hummer turned over that had been pulling a trailer as well.
I can't even remember where we were for sure.
Thankfully the further south we went the better the roads became and
we were New Mexico bound.
--Myguy stopped here and there for me when we saw some cool shoppes.
I'll save those for yet another post. Plus I'm starting to get totally
confused where I was half the time. lol However...
Our next destination was Santa Fe.
The Loretto Chapel.
I can't forget that.
Myguy's folks had told us about it and we really wanted to experience it for ourselves.
This beautiful church holds a mystery inside.
A spiral staircase built by ?
No one knows for sure?
Did God send an angel?
He left without payment and his work... unexplainable.
You see; the nuns needed a staircase so they could get up to their choir loft. And after a prayer vigil... this mystery man
showed up and began building this beautiful and amazing staircase.
A magnificent stairway built so precisely that experts even today...
are baffled. No nails, or screws... -- but wooden pegs.
No means of actual support... yet .... it ineed holds uP.
built by a Carpenter.
They don't hold services there anymore. But I wish they did.
People do still get married there though.
Myguy and I went to the front pew and prayed together awhile
hand in hand. It felt good there.
...Hard to leave.
There was turquoise everywhere!
It put a spring in my step for sure!
Probably a good thing!
We fell in love with this church too.
I just love St Francis!!!
The architecture outside was amazing.
I wish now we'd have went in!
Maybe next time?
As much fun as all this was... my heart was aching hard for our kids, and home sweet home.
We made very few stops after that although the New Mexico countryside
We saw so many olde windmills.
Don't they just take you back?
Seeing this sign was such a welcome site!
We love you Arkansas!
The cross up ahead is such a familiar sight to us.
It's on i40 and everytime I see it... I smile.
This little fella was waiting for us when we got home.
He was born around Valentines day.
See the heart on his head?
My head wants to name him Valentine, but my heart
He's had a rough last 24 hours here as we've been having an ice storm.
I took this shot just this morning towards the potting shed.
Look how green the grass is right inside the garden!
We're thankful for this warm old house and little bit of earth to tend.
As wonderful it is to get away from it all once in awhile...
there really is
no place like home.