|Sunrise on the Gulf coast|
We like the beach but driving all that way just to see it isn't really something we care to do when there are many other beautiful places to spend time much closer. So I think this was the last time we will head down to the Gulf for a family reunion. My grandparents are to the point where they are thinking about selling their house in Florida and moving back to Iowa where they can be close to family and assistance and make the final transition from apartment to assisted living to the great beyond. Hopefully this summer we can get all arrangements made for this but if not, perhaps next winter we will just fly to their house in Florida and stay in a motel nearby for our reunion instead of the beach.
|Sunset on the Gulf coast|
On the way back, we had genuine concern on whether or not we could make the drive since it carried us along flooded Mississippi and Missouri river valleys. We left at five in the morning to give us plenty of daylight before reaching them and we only just did. We got to the preceding edge of the flooding at dusk and the roads were just passable having been cleared as the water receded. At one point it was less than a foot below our interstate highway we were traveling on. As we continued over the flooded river valleys, it got dark so all we could see was the headlights reflecting off the surface of the water so we knew there was devastation all around. Fortunately, we were able to get through and make it to home much later that evening.
|Daytime on the Gulf coast|