Thursday trip to Arlington and DC

We set out for the 3 hr ride to Arlington Cemetery  to visit Sgt 1st class Ryan Savard at his final resting place around 8:30 am yesterday. The ride out was nice with no traffic and smooth sailing. We pulled in about 11:30 with the city and people going about everyday life.

We made our way to Ryan’s site to find a full Honors burial service getting ready to take place. Jed and I found a parking spot out of the way of the funeral procession to park the truck. Thank you Trisha for letting us leave the trailer at your place. Then took a spot a little way off the side of the road to stand and pay our respects again to another fallen soldier. We were hoping and thinking due to the full honors service and the age of people there it was a soldier that lived a long good life before he was laid to rest. According to a marine we met there, a full honors burials means you need the rank of general or higher. He had a marching band and two sets of marching soldiers before the horse and carriage pulled him to his place of rest.

We made our way back to Ryan’s site and sat quietly as Jed bowed his head and in his mind said what he was there to do. A fair well to a brother he loves and cherished though out there lives. There is nothing like brotherly love and those two they have it. I only met Ryan once back of June 2012 and right away I felt he has a kind spirit and was at peace with what he did for this country. To his wife Kayla, your a strong women for being able to see him off all those time he was deployed, not knowing what to was come out of it. Just being around them for 3 days I knew they loved each other unconditionally. I’m thankful they stayed that one last day with Jed and I to walk DC. Today looking back it was a blessing for Jed and Ryan for that one last day together.  I’m not religious, but I’m happy for his mom and Dad they are and they can find peace knowing this was the path Ryan chose. I’m sure My grandmother has made him some great food and helps him look over his and my family. We will be back to visit Ryan just not sure when it will be. As we walked away I gave Ryan’s stone a kiss and Jed placed his hand on it and said see ya brother Love and miss you.

As we drove out we found they just opened a large area they had been building for a year or so which holds urns for those who wish to be cremated. Beautiful and breath taking. Very nice place to rest for those that deserve the honor.

We spent the rest of the day In DC. Saw two more of the Smithsonian museums we had not seen in the last 3 trips to DC. It was a Perfect day. The sun shined with a small breeze to make it not a scorching hot day.

On our way out again the GPS failed us in the city. So to say the least the ride home was long and bumper to bumper rush hr traffic. UGGGGh.

We stopped at the Olive Garden to have dinner and wait out the traffic. Our 3 hr ride there turned in to a 5 hr ride back to Trisha’s. But when all said and done we made it back from our journey safe a sound. Thankful for a warm and comfy bed. Once we set out from here (PA) to New Mexico we’re not sure what the sleeping arrangement may be.

The next few days will be fun. Trin and her car load of friends will leave NH this afternoon to come down here for our friend Beth Brey’s 50 birthday party Aug 31. LOOK OUT COOK OUT…

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Reggie’s red neck convertible.

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Almost ready to hit the road.

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Lama walking down rt 118.

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The days leading up to our departure of New England for awhile..

The day came last Thursday August 22 2013 when I left a great job (that I love dearly) and wonderful caring co-works, to set out for a journey to Seattle Washington . This destination was chosen due to Jed  being accepted  to Antioch University for  a doctorate education in Psychology. The plan as of now is to stay for at least 3 years for him to do his schooling then see were he may want to do his internship.

We spent the weekend packing and spending time with loved ones including great friends.  Saturday we had a wonderful dinner with Miss Charlotte and Jalanie. Where we had lots of laughs and tons of fun. Thanks again for that. We had a great time with you guys.

Sunday we moved everything that was left in the apartment out finished cleaning and said our fairwell to a home Jed had spent more than 5 years in. No to leave out the best land lords and friends he could ask for. Mike and Beth Aaronson. Thanks for taking such good care of him. You will be missed dearly but never forgotten. See ya at Christmas.

We made our way up North to see Garett and Marie Savard (Jed’s Parents) to drop of some things and had a very nice dinner and talk with them. Of course we forgot a cart they really wanted . So made a plan for them to come down Monday after work to pick it up and have dinner with us at mom and Reg’s. This was great because we didn’t have to say our see you soon right then and there.

Monday was a pack and get all we could get in to the truck and explorer we could. Spent some alone time going to the store and the farm to get vegetables with my mom for dinner. Seeing some beautiful sunflowers that always remind me of my mom but now I will always think of Miss Jen Bixby also.

Dinner time came were myself , Jed, mom, Reg, Trin, Garett and Marie when we sat down to grilled chicken and ribs, beet greens, corn and the best potato salad you would ever taste in this life time. Not only our last meal with our parents but we got to celebrate my oldest sister Trindel’s Birthday with a yummy cake for desert. Song and presents.

Tuesday morning came and Jed was up and at it at the crack of dawn already, before I even got a cup of coffee. He was putting mud flaps on his truck that he really doesn’t want to but did it so rocks would not kick up and hit my explorer while being towed on an 18 foot trailer cross country. Finish up the last of the packing and drove the explorer on the trailer. Placed the tie down on and said done we r ready to hit the road babe. 🙂 Mom had made us french toast with New Hampshire maple syrup for breakfast before we headed out to our first stop Greenlane, PA to stay with Trisha and Mike for the week. The fairwell with Mom and Reg was short and sweet because I didn’t want to cry. I have always lived close to my mom and this will be very different not to be able to go see her when ever I feel. But thank god for cell phones and face book. I will not miss a bit.

The ride to Pa was like a normal trip. The trailer road well and traffic wasn’t bad. Leaving Plymouth as we were driving down rt 118. You would think we would see a deer, maybe bear or a moose even a turkey but a Lama walking right down the side of the road. Only in the north county people. No need for a zoo up there just take a drive…Pulled in to Trisha’s around 800 pm. Sat in the hot tub and had a good night sleep. Today will be a chill day then of to Arlington tomorrow. Till we meet again New England keep our love one and all safe.

 

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