We decided it was time to go see Lincoln, NM.  We headed out fairly early for the 2 1/2 hour drive to Lincoln.  Along the way there are a few points of interest but with the short days of winter, we have to prioritize and pass on a few of those.  We did stop at the Owl Bar and Café recommended by Emily a few days ago.  The Green Chili Cheese Burger was very good.

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Along the way to Lincoln after our lunch stop, we soon came upon Capitan, NM.  Capitan is the home of Smokey Bear, we had to stop.  I grew up with Smokey Bear.  Some of the memorabilia on display was familiar from my grade school days, a LONG time ago!!

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Time to move on down the road to Lincoln. Lincoln is more or less a ghost town, rich in old west history.  The Lincoln county war took place here and essentially sealed the fate of Billy the Kid.

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We pretty well had the place to ourselves although some of the sites were closed.  The Courthouse where Billy The Kid escaped was open and was a very worthwhile stop.  There are many artifacts on display and plenty to read about the history that made this town famous.  This was a great day, the only downside was there was not enough day light to see it all.

Here we are at the time of year when the days are the shortest, before we knew it the shadows were getting long and we had to go.  We have a 2 1/2 hour drive to get back home.  On another trip around here we will need to go to Ft. Sumner which is the site of Billy’s demise at the hands of Pat Garrett.

Trip to MO, Stephanie Graduates

Mid December and the long anticipated event is here.  My daughter, Stephanie is graduating with her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology.  The next chapter for her will consist of major change!  A very exciting time for sure.

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I left TorC on Thursday early AM.  Got to the gate just as the doors were closing!!  That was exciting, and then in Denver, we had a two hour delay because the pilot was in KC!  Flying is a pain.

By the end of the day I was finally in the truck headed to Concordia, MO and my brother in laws farm on Hamburger Hill.  He extended an invitation for everyone to stay at his place for our get together.  We had a great time in the few hours we were together.  Stacey (daughter #1) made the announcement she was expecting.  The number of grand kids continues to multiply.

Friday afternoon we headed to Warrensburg for the commencement.  The weather was wicked with sleet and rain changing to snow.  Temps were dropping fast but the show must go on!

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There are no words that adequately convey the feeling of pride a parent has for times like this.  I will just say, HELL OF A DEAL KIDDO!  I was all choked up and get that way thinking about all she has gone through to get to this moment.  The next few months will bring a huge change in her life and future.

Just after New Years Steph and Kayleigh will be driving to Tucson and re-locating there.  The plan today is that they will stop in TorC and stay here for a couple of days on their way.

So I got back on a plane Saturday morning headed back to NM.  The weather was still gloomy, wet, cold, icy when I left.  When I got to the Truck in Albuquerque the sun was setting but the temp was in the 50s and conditions were DRY.  A real reminder to stay south in the winter.

In closing

Thank you Kendall for opening your house to all of us.  It was a terrific gift to have all my kids together for a few hours.  Thank you Stephanie for sticking it out and making me proud, I love you kiddo.  See you soon.