My family and I are from Texas but my boyfriend and his family are from Kansas. Keltin and I took a couple of days off of work so that we could go visit them for a belated Christmas and New Years. After work, we packed gifts, bags, and Bear into the car and were off for the first leg of the trip. We drove from Fort Worth to Amarillo. Part of the way we listened to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on audiobook and that led us into looking up Butterbeer recipes. We actually ended up trying one out later that weekend and it turned out quite well.
We arrived at our friend’s place where we were staying in Amarillo for a night around 1:30 in the morning. We were exhausted and ready to be out of the car. I’m pretty sure I was asleep the moment my head hit the pillow but we didn’t get to sleep more than a few hours. Bear was up and ready to play at 6:30 the next morning. Our friends have a german shepherd and Bear couldn’t wait to make a new friend. After a bit of curious sniffing Bear and Ziva were buddies.
After breakfast, our friends were off to work and we were back on the road. It was a cold morning (about 15 degrees Fahrenheit) and the fog was thick, giving us only a couple hundred feet of visibility if that. We were worried about it but ten minutes later, as we were turning onto the main road, the sun rose a bit more and the fog burned off instantly. From Amarillo, Texas to Johnson, Kansas is only about four hours. The land is mostly flat but it holds its own unique beauty.
We arrived just before noon and were greeted with a series of happy barks. Keltin’s parents have a rescue corgi named Dawson and he was happy to see us. That night after Keltin’s brother made it to town we got to open Christmas gifts. Keltin’s mom made me a beautiful bookshelf themed quilt. Many of the “books” have titles embroidered on them, such as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Good Omens, Harry Potter, and many others. I will admit that I got a little teary-eyed when I saw it the first time.
One of Keltin’s friends was in town for the holidays also. I got to meet him the day after we got there. We all hung-out as Keltin showed off flying his drone. All the sarcasm that afternoon was fantastic. There was also a Cards Against Humanity game in there that had me blushing red more than once.
The first part of our trip had been fantastic and there is more to come. I got to meet a lot of the extended family at once but more on that later.