Oklahoma, Together Again

10-29-2022 One of our main objectives when we planned this trip was to fulfill my dad’s final request. He wanted his ashes to be buried with his loving wife, my mom, in Oklahoma.

Albion Cemetery in Oklahoma

I found the perfect vessel for his ashes, something he always loved, a milk can. I remember as a child, us using them to hold water when we lived on the cut off.

Forever Thankful for his love, and that he was my dad

Finding moms headstone wasn’t difficult, as she chose a rock as unique as she was.

The headstone
My moms plaque
I’m not sure if my dad or my aunt put this at her grave, it says; if tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.
We put a sunflower for papa, the red & white bouquet for mom and a blue hydrangea for Raymond
Together forever

With dads remaining ashes we sprinkled them all around moms grave site, just as he would’ve wanted.

Covered with love

We then drove a couple miles down the road to where my folks lived. To my surprise, the only remaining evidence that they used to live there was the concrete strips that once was the foundation for the house.

Where the house once was

After my mom had passed the house got repossessed and dad converted the patio into his house. He had stacked rocks all the way to top creating a rock house. That too, was torn down. The only hard work that remained was the rock boarder dad had made, surrounding a portion of the property.

Dad made this rock boarder

All the work one puts into creating something, another works to remove it. The land is now owned by my mom’s sister, whom I have tried to connect with over the years, but no response has been received. We walked down the road where I’d taken walks with my mom 19 years earlier, just soaking in one last stroll.

A sad and special day, a walk in the woods where once I had both my parents at my side
We look at all the rocks in wonderment as to how he moved all these rocks
We headed out of town crossing over a bridge that had just as much charm and character as my parents
Even Harvy was melancholy
The silence surrounded the day

Letting go, once again, weighed on both of us but we were grateful to fulfill our last promise. We will be together again in the end.


Onto Tennessee

9-27-2022-We woke to a sunshiny day and feel more rested than we have in a couple weeks.

Foggy sunrise at Kincaid state park in Kentucky

We have our morning joe and get ready to go. On our drive out we are in awe of how beautiful Kentucky is.

Leaving the park

I gotta say, of all the state parks we’ve stayed at, Kentucky wins the best amenities and customer service. The park actually has a golf course, a washer and dryer, electricity and water, heated bathrooms and warm showers that continue to run.

Kentucky goes big in the state park department

The park ranger came over after we arrived, asked if we had any questions and said to give him a call if we needed anything. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

Just so serene
Thanks Kincaid Lake State Park!

As we drove south we passed a sign Mitch saw that said something about the Walking Dead. Had to turnaround and see what it was about.

Cynthiana, Kentucky home of The Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman and Artist Tony Moore
After a quick google search we also found out it has the largest Mural of TWD
The Walking Dead mural in Cynthiana Kentucky

After a quick stop into the town we thought maps would get us back on the freeway.. nope next thing ya know we’re on the back roads of Kentucky. Talk about big beautiful houses.

The roads are NARROW. Unfortunately a bucket truck got too close to the edge and turned over, so we rerouted. The funny part is that Mitch changed the voice on Siri because he was tired of her getting us on narrow roads (side note-Harvy’s mirror hit a previously busted mail truck mirror on a narrow DC street) so now he has this guys voice, which I swear is a fake English accent, and it’s still getting us on some questionable roads. My man, so cute, now he’s mad at the guy voice! He calls him Billy!Ha

Them hills are rollin!
A castle in Kentucky

Hello Tennessee! We mapped our way to see the grand ol’ Opry

We park at the mills malls, see the building across the way and say. Yeah, that’s gotta be the Grand Ol Opry and call it good
Nashville Tennesse
The Marathon Motor Works Building

We then decide to head over to the antique archeology store from American Pickers we used to watch on tv with pops. The store is located in a historic building called the Marathon Motor Works in Nashville Tennessee.

Mural on side of building
The inside has a variety of stores throughout and is like a museum of items used in the building before
Sign explaining the pulleys
An old pay phone
An old cash register
If I knew I’d tell you..
The inside walkway leading to all the treasures you didn’t know you needed

We did a lap, stopped into a whiskey store, olive oil store, a knife store and then finally found our destination.

Antique Archeology
Outside of the store

The following photos are items in the store, all the treasures Mike Wolf has acquired.

When we checked out, the lady behind the register was so engaging and kind. Her name is Jen, and she makes that place extra special.

Jen on the left and her co-worker on the right

Stopped into a few thrift stores, did some treasure hunting. We made it to our campsite around 8 pm, plugged in Harvy and watched a couple King of Queens on DVD that we found at a thrift store near the beginning of our travels almost two months ago. Having an 8 hour drive tomorrow we didn’t even pull out our camping chairs for the night. Oklahoma here we come!

The Ark Encounter in Kentucky

We decided to stop in to see Noah’s ark in Williamstown Kentucky. They built it to scale and it’s the largest wooden structure in the world.

Noah’s Ark
Up close

Inside they have life size replicas of what the animals were, sounds they would’ve made and how things probably happened.

How the animals would’ve been kept
The inside of the Ark and the wood work
Storage for supplies
A couple critters that would’ve been on the Ark
What they are called
Now that’s a huge door
The two views of creation
What a room would’ve looked like
How they grew food
Skylights to grow food and for light

After the tour we headed towards our campsite, only to stop at a thrift store. At first, people didn’t seem overly friendly, and everyone was quite busy. As soon as Mitch asked what smelled so good and they said BACON it started up a conversation. He said he could smell it all the way from Arizona and it drew him here. The lady at the register says, hey mom, this guy loves bacon! This tiny little elderly gal came out and said “hi, would you like some?” There’s no way Mitch could pass that up, although he did decline… kind of, I asked if it was a family run business, and the register lady said, “no, we just all call her mom.” Not 5 minutes later she comes out with a thing of beauty!

That mom walking walking away, she’s camera shy but sooo sweet
Oh my man is a happy man

We thanked her and everyone else for their kindness and generosity and headed towards the campground.

These colors are more rocky road, blackberry and tangerine ice creams we remarked about the trees
Beautiful rolling hills in Kentucky on a cool fall day

Tomorrow Tennessee, and then onto Oklahoma.

From DC to Kentucky

We are on our last week of traveling and we are spent. We have adventured for long enough. Tonight we are staying at Kincaid Lake State Park, thankfully they have showers.

Straight across from the showers at site #70

For our 5 days in Maryland at Greenbelt state park, not only was there no electricity, but no showers. There’s nothing like day 4 of the same socks when they start to stand on their own.

The day we left, we stopped into DC one last time as I was able to get an appointment with the national archives to do some research on my great grandma who was listed on the Dawes Rolls, aka the final rolls of the Choctaw Tribe (I printed a copy but it is misplaced in Harvy at this time) but I did take some pictures I can share.

My Great Grandma on my moms side

To my surprise I also saw a picture of both my great-great grandparents on my moms side as well. I’ve never seen pictures of them before, or knew their names.

Great great grandma
Great great grandpa

I didn’t have a lot of time but the lady that was helping me said I was lucky to have found all that I did.

The national Archives

I met Mitch on the other side of the building at 10:30 am and we got to see the real Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and a lot of the things from when the United States became United. There was no photos allowed and honestly I can’t recall too much. But yeah, that kind of stuff.

Statue on the side of the building
The front of the building, people line up over on the west side of the building to get in
Our drive out of Washington DC
Driving into the sunset