We came rolling in to Missouri (St. Louis) a day early and really surprised Cori and Jordan when we just opened the kitchen door and walked in! What a look on their faces, lol.  We spent the next two months visiting family and friends, and going to doctors and the dentist… all the things we wanted to do.

Kenny is in perfect health and I’m the troublemaker… I went for a mammogram and then an ultrasound, and then an MRI, and then a biopsy, and finally a surgical excision/biopsy, but I’m finally done with all that with a final “benign” pathology report.  And so, two days after clearance from the surgeon, we hit the road again.

This time, we are headed southwest to Texas.  Specifically, we are driving to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Alamo, Texas where we will work 24 hours a week as volunteers in Visitor Services (Kenny will be driving the visitor tram).  In exchange for our services, we will receive an RV site with full hookups and laundry facilities.  Our assignment will be from October through March.  Six months on the Rio Grande, just about 45 minutes from the Gulf Coast through the winter months sounds about right in theory… Missing family and friends might be a little tougher in reality.

We left St. Louis yesterday morning and stayed overnight at Walmart in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.   It was a little sketchy (Kenny says there were more 18-wheelers there than customers and looked more like a truck stop), but we didn’t stand guard on the couch with the pistola, we trusted and slept in the bed on our new Sleep Number mattress, which passed the comfort test on the first night.  News from home is that it was way too quiet in the house without us, but they turned up the volume on the TV, and everything was fine after that, lol. We love hearing that they miss us, because we miss them too! Tonight we are missing out on Alan’s football game, except if Kim facetime’s us (shout out to #51).  This morning, we reached Oklahoma City and are now on I-35 headed south with 600+ miles to go.

Kenny is doing a fantastic job driving and I have finally conquered the iPhone hotspot/laptop blog connection dilemma, so here I am blogging away while he drives… I am one happy blogger and I hope you are ready for plenty of regular blog updates!

In closing, we are certainly feeling blessed with the love and support of family and friends (and good doctors and surgeons), because without you this journey would not be possible.  Much love, Dorothy & Kenny

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