Yes, we barely got back from San Diego and we were off again on another road trip. Barbara attended the Women’s Council of Realtors convention going on at the same time as the NAR convention. I on the other hand attended REBarCamp San Diego and spent time on the campus at UC Irvine. I was also in San Diego a few times during the trip for a day of photo shooting besides the REBarCamp.
Last Monday we set out from Tucson headed for Little Rock Air force base and the newest arrival to the clan. Austin Andrew a whopping three weeks old and the latest apple in Grandma’s eye. It was easy to see it was killing grandma not to see her new grand baby.
There was a window open to head to Little Rock over Thanksgiving week. We called the rest of the clan (for which we usually fix the Thanksgiving Bird and meal) and let them know they were on their own this year.
Monday evening found us in Amarillo, TX and after grabbing a few hours of rest we were on the road again. We arrived at Groom, Tx just as the sun was coming up. A quick stop to snap some photos of the large cross and the 12 stations of the cross art work and we were on the road again. Oklahoma City came and went in a few hours.
A couple of pit stops for gas and drinks and on to Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Passed through there quickly and were making excellent time on our second day. Then it happened.
We saw a sign that said Six Vineyards and tastings at Exit 41. It was a quick glance at each other and off the exit we went. It was about 3:30 in the afternoon and we had time yet before the sun set and our estimated arrival in Little Rock. We stopped at the first winery and tired three thimble size samples of wines. We picked one we liked and bought a couple of bottles there then on toward one the first recommended to another person who had stopped by. The Post Family Winery was 3 1/2 miles further down the road, but what is three miles when you are driving 1400.
We mentioned what we like and left them to pick our samples. Six small thimbles later (did I mention how wonderful those little tastes can be) and we were on the road again, this time with half a case of various wines. As we got back on I 40 toward Little Rock we remarked how we had neither ever tasted any wines as good as the ones we sampled at the Post Family Winery.
Little Rock is south of the Air Force Base to which we were headed. But it didn’t take long to find the base and get checked in through the visitor center. I’ve never been on a military base before, it is beautiful. There are lakes and well maintained lawns and lots of trees. The community is warm and southern hospitality is very evident and apparent.
Now pies are in the oven and the turkey is about to be stuffed just a few hours ahead of the rest of us. So much good food, family, and fun (cooking together is fun) Now I’m on deck to make the stuffing and get the bird in the oven. No one likes to touch a cold raw turkey, so that’s my job.
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone, enjoy the day and the long weekend.