Going Home

Going Home

Cool air breezed across my pillow as I stared into the forested darkness. A light flickered. Then another. “Eyes in the trees,” my young cousin called them. Fireflies sparkled like twinkling lights on a Christmas tree, a storybook ending to an unanticipated experience on our cross country trip.

A simple phone call changed our destiny in upper state New York, land of our many cousins. “Hey, this is cousin Mike. Heard you’re coming to town in a couple days.”  It’s not that we intended a stealth entry, we were just planning on the fly. “You can come stay at my place”, he offered. My sister Sharon expressed concern about the space required for our RV’s while the rest of us nodded knowingly. A diesel truck pulling a 38-foot fifth-wheel plus a 41-foot motorhome towing a car may be a squeeze. “I have 120-plus acres. You think you can fit on that?”, he laughed.

Not only did cousin Mike and his wife Dolores have space for us, it was lush!

Week 3 Back East Buffalo -25Week 3 Back East Buffalo -10Week 3 Back East Buffalo -12Week 3 Back East Buffalo -33

Green, grassy meadows framed by forests, a pond (which I thought was a lake!) on our doorsteps and deer, heron and other wildlife made for a perfect retreat. But the company was the best! Mornings found us sipping coffee and visiting on their deck. Most evenings the guys morphed into grill masters as we toasted the day’s adventure.

Week 3 Back East Buffalo -15Week 3 Back East Buffalo -24

We laughed, played and toured the local sites. Like a rolling family reunion, each day brought visits from family, mostly cousins. The word was out. Alice’s (my mother) kids were in town. I feel blessed and humbled to be part of this family. We share a history and heritage, bonds that will always hold us together in heart. Who would’ve thought I would travel cross country and find myself at home?

Thank you to our hosts Mike and Dolores, Larry and Jane, Lynn and Charlie and to all our family for the cherished times we spent together. The week of June 6 through June 12 will be treasured as a highlight of our trip.

Categories: On the RoadTags: , , , , , , ,


  1. That is so awesome! What a great trip!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. You two surely live the good life! Happy you found time with your family too.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Rosanne Wagstaff

Travel Writer

Out an' About

Loving life and Embracing a New Earth


Wild photos and the tales they tell

Alberta Skies RV

Living Life and Making Memories

Stubborn And Courageous

Stubborn And Courageous Adventures Reflecting the Father's Heart to The People.


Definition: A distinct kind or sort what liveth in man-made automobilehomes

Wags Wild Adventure

ad•ven•ture: an exciting or remarkable experience


The Mitch and Val "Roadshow"


The Wildlife in Nature

Tales from the Backroad

Art, travel, and livin' the life

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

Live to Write - Write to Live

We live to write and write to live ... professional writers talk about the craft and business of writing

Lee Rentz Photography Journal

A journal of the thoughts, pictures, and adventures of photographer and writer Lee H. Rentz. Inspired by nature, with a passion for ideas both visual and literary.

Arizona Highways

Escape Explore Experience

Travels with the Blonde Coyote

Follow the Blonde Coyote and see more of the world!

Jim Caffrey Images Photo Blog

photography from the ground up

this is... The Neighborhood

the Story within the Story

%d bloggers like this: