I started my road trip around 10:30 on a Monday morning. For those of you who know me, mornings are not my favorite, and I had a poor night of sleep the evening before as I tried to remember what I would forget on my 12 day adventure. =)
I rented a car, because the miles were going to rack up quickly, and I snagged a Nissan Altima. Let me tell you right now that I fell in love with that car and am ready for it to be my next one. =) (The gas mileage was amazing and I was comfortable right away. In fact, when I returned home and was driving my own car, I tried to turn on the Altima's wipers and was confused for a moment.) Altima, I love youuuuuuu!!
So, even though I didn't leave very early, the thought of arriving for the night at my first stop, the Heimer Haus, had me anxious to make short work of my first day of driving. Jess is a dear friend, and seeing her and her darling family meant I did not stop except for one brief moment, to grab this quick photo at the state line.
Did I mention I didn't need to get gas the whole way? (Magical Altima.) Western Kansas is not remarkable in any way. I was grateful I had checked out two audiobooks, and I made a good dent in the first. But otherwise, there is nothing to report. At all.
Arriving at the Heimer Haus is basically my idea of heaven. You arrive to appetizers and beer and big hugs and it feels just like home. There is an adorable child to greet you and ask for tickles, a dog that tolerates you, (ha!) and a husband and wife team that leave you in awe. At the Heimer Haus, you have goodies in your room, like magazines you'll love to read, and in these magazines things marked just for you. Your amazing friends will cook you dinner, spoil you rotten, and make you never want to leave. Seriously people. If they decide to open their home to the general public, you must go.
I woke well-rested the next morning and had another delightful meal with my sweet friend. She helped me pick out restaurants and places to stay also, so I will say here, very loudly, "THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP WITH MY ADVENTURE!" I will also apologize because I did not get a whole family photo. But here, on this stoop, I leave a little bit of my heart.