The End of the Stop

Yesterday was the big day…our last significant medical appointment for our time here at Graham. In the words of the guy from the TV commercial…”You’re now free to move about the country.” In the words of a famous man…”Thank God almighty, I’m free at last.” Here’s a picture of Neil after his appointment today at the ortho cline at Madagan Health Center on Fort Lewis…notice anything different about it?


After his appointment we ran a last few errands over at the base…haircut, package store, commissary and headed home. On the way we spotted these trees in some guy’s back yard…we had to ask ourself “what was he thinking” when he trimmed them this way.

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Neil named them ‘short for Richard Trees’ if ya get what I mean. Strangest thing we’ve seen in awhile. 

Afterwards we sat out in the recliners awhile and then grilled a steak…which we had with leftover stuffing from the other night. Today Connie worked in the morning while Neil uploaded a whole bunch of our photos to our Smugmug site…I’ve added a link to it in our top menu and you can always see slideshows of our photos at That will get you larger versions and slide show and all that jazz. I’ll try to keep this up on a more timely basis…and it will also probably get some additional photos posted that I didn’t put on the blog.

When the sun started to go down Neil grabbed another shot of Ranier with that whole sky-blue-pink thing going on…sky-blue-pink is a term that Connie, Neil and their friend Joe Claxton from college came up with back in the day. Won’t be too many more photos of this particular mountain…but we’re looking forward to some different ones in the near future.

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With nothing further to keep us in the area except Connie’s final post operative appointment…we’re going to go up to the county fair on Monday afternoon/evening since military are free on that day. Tuesday we’ll pack and Wednesday we’ll be outa here. First stop is overnight in Benton City WA then a 2 night stop in Boise ID…there’s a 7 site 10 dollar a night full hookup and free laundry (woot! woot!)park on the National Guard base there. We’ve never seen Boise so will check it out. Then it’s down to the Salt Lake City suburbs where we’ll stay overnight in either Logan or Ogden or Brigham City depending on where Connie picks out then it’s another short day down to Moab, UT near the confluence of Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. We’ll probably get down to Monument Valley as well and some of the other south east Utah attractions like Four Corners. Antelope Canyon and Capital Reef National Parks are also sort of nearby although Antelope Canyon is about 275 miles each way so we’ll likely not make it that far with only a week in the area…since we missed out on so much hiking and fun time we don’t want to waste any more of the week than we have to just driving. Besides, Arches, Canyonlands, and Monument Valley should keep us pretty busy. Then it’s another 2 day hop over to Denver for a 4 night stay then 2 days to Junction City for our warranty work. After that Neil is still working on it but will most likely be east through Tennessee then down through Alabama, Georgia, Florida to Cedar Key for a week then on to Fort Myers.


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3 Responses to The End of the Stop

  1. Mj Trainor says:

    YAY! Foot is looking good! Hope you are pain free! Let me know if y’all plan to slide thru East TN on the trek south!!

    • Neil Laubenthal says:

      Yeah; no pain. We’ll likely not be back through TN until the springwe have a rally in late April over in Sevierville and will be in your area before or after that. On the way east/south we’re hitting Memphis then turning south toward Birmingham/Auburn before we get over to Knoxvilleotherwise we’re so far east we end up driving through Atlanta and taking BAT and the house through there ain’t a good ideabefore we did that we would have to say (with our redneck accent) “Hey ya’ll, watch this.”and you know that it would get ugly after that.

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