Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art

There and Back Again



Twenty-six days and 5960 miles later, I am back where I started after our thirtieth anniversary car trip.  DH and I rarely tent camp now, so this one was motels, restaurants, and picnic lunches. 


We also stayed in, or at least dined in, all those great railroad lodges of the US and Canadian Rockies.  Considering that, I was glad to return home weighing a half pound less and having walked over 50 miles, according to my Fitbit pedometer. And stairs. Did I mention we were on the third floor at Many Glacier Lodge?


We waded across the Mississippi at its source at Lake Itasca.  We admired the beautiful farms of Iowa, and the plains and mountains, rivers, lakes, and glaciers.

The weather was moderate to very cool and crisp all through our trip. I wore jeans more often than I thought I would. And wool socks in my Columbia sandals are not only warm, they’re cushy like slippers. Even the plains were not too warm.

We discovered that there are many places where you can still be without phone service, and that not everyone’s idea of “WiFi”actually works.


I think this shot should become a quilt, don’t you?




We saw a lot of wildlife.


Much of the US side of the trip was a repeat of various other years, but the Canadian side was all new.  Here is beautiful Lake Louise, but I could not get the turquoise color of the water to photograph.


The laundry’s been done, the house is presentable, I’ve preserved the most pressing vegetables from the garden and the blueberries we brought back from Michigan, and done the grocery shopping.  Today I need to pay bills and vacuum my studio in preparation for my machine’s homecoming from the “spa”.  Tomorrow, let the sewing begin!


Author: Valerie

I'm Valerie, also known as Scooquilt. I am passionate about fabric and quilting. My quilts are colorful and modern, but grounded in traditional blocks. My degrees are in Fine Arts and Education. I'm retired from teaching and trying to quilt daily. Reading, gardening, and cats are also important to me.

4 thoughts on “There and Back Again

  1. Yes, I agree – that landscape and the last two photos in your post would make fabulous quilts. What a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow, what a great trip for you both.

  3. Beautiful! Loved seeing your pics as you went, too. Thanks for bringing us all along!

  4. Pingback: North Dakota Landscape Finished | Evening in the Garden Quilts

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