Sunday, March 16, 2008

Hello, Arkansas!

We spent the final three nights in Russellville with Roger's Mom and Dad before heading back home to New England.

The only downside was that winter decided to rear its ugly head at the end of February! We drove up Magazine Mountain to visit a fairly new resort that was built by the state of Arkansas. In spite of our view being dramatically cut short due to fog, the building itself was stunning! Lots of wood and rock and huge fireplaces. I can't wait to go back on a good weather day and perhaps spend a night in one of the cabins.

It also just so happened that Wanda's birthday was just around the bend, so we helped her kick off the celebration!!!

We mostly spent the days relaxing, eating and drinking coffee, relaxing, eating and drinking coffee, etc., etc., and of course lots of visiting. Not only with Don and Wanda, but with Shirley and Roger's cousin Kathy.

Alas, it was time to head back, and just in time! Guinness had the pleasure of staying in a kennel for an entire week. The picture below was taken within an hour getting home. Back in the lap of his bestfriend!!!

Goodbye, Texas!

We had a great time in Winnsboro, which is where the pictures in the earlier post were taken. The most exciting thing, other than seeing the brand new colts, was getting to see the Space Shuttle, following behind the International Space station. That was so exciting and luckily the skies were very clear! The picture below isn't of that celestial event, but of the almost full moon.

We said farewell to family in Texas, then headed to Arkansas for the final stop of our week long tour.

Just a few miles down the road from Daddy's house, we came across a true Texas Car Alarm. Just try to get near this pickup! Of course, seeing as its a retriever on post, you'd probably just get licked to death!

You know you're in Texas when...

Mistletoe hangs thick in the oak trees all year long.

You have an endless supply of pecans to snack on just outside your door.
There's always a tank to drop a line in.
Folks put up massive gates, but do without an actual fence.
And the neighbors always take time out of their busy schedule to come say hello.

And let me tell you, this handsome guy had one very busy schedule as the resident stallion. Had I known his prowess, I probably wouldn't have ventured so close! Below are 2 pictures of ONE of the TWO mares that gave birth to his babies overnight while we were in Winnsboro.

The colts were too far away for to get a picture, but one was blond, and the other looked identical to the stallion. "Mini-me" right out of the chute, so to speak, immediately stood shoulder high to his mother who is pictured above!