We hadn't intended to drive this far, really. We started driving after work yesterday and landed in Des Moines, Iowa, where we stayed at a nice Country Inn. But it was a rainy drive, and it was not much better when we got up this morning and drove through Missouri to Kansas City -- cloudy at all times and a landscape that wasn't much greener than Minnesota.
But then we got to Kansas City -- stopped and had lunch at a place called Oklahoma Joe's BBQ -- and tried to drive away from the cloudy weather. Jerry was working his iPhone and checking weather forecasts, which led us to keep driving farther southwest, through southeastern Kansas, and suddenly the clouds were gone and the sun was sunny and the temperatures were in the 70s and things were green. It felt almost like early summer. That made this whole trip worthwhile, just to feel warm wonderful weather again.
After driving that far, what's a couple hundred more miles southwest to one of the three states I hadn't been to yet.? So here we are in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in a brand-new Country Inn, where it is still 80 degrees outside at 9 PM.
... and, for all of those readers keeping count, that means that I only have two states to set foot in -- Oregon and Texas... (and hmmm, what state is just south of here?) 48 down, 2 to go.