Trip to the States – June 2011

Our summer officially began with an early June trip back to the States.  As always, with military transports, you take what you can get.  Luckily for us, this time we were passengers aboard a snazzy little C-21 Lear jet bound for Ramstein AFB in Germany.

Ready for boarding

We stayed overnight at the base in Ramstein, enjoyed a quick dinner and beer out in the town before leaving the next day on a plane bound for Baltimore.  We shared the aircraft with about 40 US soldiers returning home from being deployed.  After a 3 hour layover in Ireland during the wee hours of the morning…..

Layover in Ireland

…we finally landed on US soil at BWI.

Waiting for Daddy to return home - Baltimore airport

Daddy's home!

After grabbing a couple of hours sleep at a nearby airport hotel, we parted ways.  Richard headed to Denver where he attended his eldest daughter’s graduate school graduation ceremony.  So proud of her!

Colette's graduation

And I departed for Nashville to attend my nephew’s wedding and enjoy sightseeing with the family in Music City, USA!

Opry Land

Some of the crew in Nashville

Nashville was the perfect place for some good ol’ down-home pickin’ and grinnin’.  We shared lots of laughs and many memories.

Avery fiddlin' at the reception

Bride and groom, Ashley and Avery

The boys - Eric with sons, Jesse and Avery

After the wedding, my mom and I flew back to Colorado to join up with Richard and more family and friends for an all too short visit.  Our time back home reminded us of all the things we miss (family, friends, Mexican food, orderliness, crisp Colorado air, nice landscaping, a night out in the big city, English.. ) and don’t miss (traffic, HUGE mega stores, life in the fast lane, pharmeceutical commercials, long lines, processed food)  When we returned to Crete 2 weeks later summer was in full swing.  Next blogs – summer in Crete.

Family in Evergreen, CO


About Melanie A Crane

Quote: "The best journeys ask questions that in the beginning you never thought to ask." (Anon) Here's my journey: Enjoying my short life on this earth one moment at a time by being intentional with God, family, traveling, cooking, gardening, Colorado living and all the perks that come with it, playing guitar, listening more and talking less. I've discovered that both cooking and travel can be messy at times but the risks can have some amazing results. The same goes for life lived with passion.
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