College
Station

We left for our trip to College Station, Texas (home of Texas A & M) late on the afternoon of June 30, 2004.  Scott's family reunion was held there.

Our first day, we drove to Blackwell, Oklahoma.  This drive down I-29 through Iowa and  Missouri, then on I-435 into Kansas and finally along I-35 through Kansas to the northern part of Oklahoma was a pretty drive.  These parts have had plenty of rain this year, so far, and so everything was green.  Really a beautiful sight.

The second day of the trip, we encountered heavy rain, making the trip a little difficult and tiring.  We stopped at the outlet mall by Gainesville, TX, then took US 82 to Texas 1806 on to Montague where we stopped at the County Courthouse for Scott to look up some family history. 

From Montague, we travelled south along Texas Highway 59 to Bowie where we stopped in the public library for more research before driving out to the old cemetery to find a grave.

About 3 p.m., it was time to get moving again. So, we caught US 81 down to Fort Worth, then along I35W to Waco then back on to US 81 to College Station.

Scott's family are a fun lot, and we enjoyed learning a new card game, "Hand & Foot".  I enjoyed chatting with his parents, Leonard and Louise, as well as numerous aunts and uncles and cousins.

I think I enjoyed meeting his cousins, Jacqui and Julie the most.  They're both really sweet.  Jacqui's daughter Myria, and Julies kids, Brittany and Bryant, are older and a lot of fun.

July 4th we drove out to Bremond, Texas, to Julie's homestead and met her husband, Sonny.  We had a fantastic BBQ, some of the best I've ever had.  Then we fired off fireworks.  They really put on a great show!

The next morning, we started our trip home, driving back up US 81 to Waco, then north on I-35 to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, before taking a little detour west on I-40 then up US 81 again (that road sure gets around!) to find another grave.  Our journey continued on to Enid, then back over to I-35.  We stayed in Blackwell, Oklahoma again that night.

The next day, it was MY turn to do a little genealogical research, so we continued up I35, then, took I-135 north from Wichita to Salina, I-70 over to Junction City, KS, and then north past Fort Riley, Kansas, to Marysville along US 77.

In Marysville, I located some obituaries and found the name of a person researching one of the branches of my family.

We drove on, keeping to US Highways to Riverton, Iowa, then Farragut, for more cemetery searching, before setting our sights on home.

We arrived back here on July 6th about 8:30 p.m.  It was a fantastic trip!