At the beginning of March 2018 Geri, I, and our son went on a 3 week long memory making road trip. The road trip took us of through many states: South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho & Washington. We left Bismarck when it was snowing and we came back to Bismarck when it was snowing. We took many pictures and shared them through social media as best we could.
The vacation came as a result from Geri being hospitalized during the middle of February. At the urging of her doctors we planned our trip in a short period of time. After 3 and half years of fighting this darn illness we never did have a real vacation and we thought it was time to do something that did not pertain to Geri's illness. We say illness because we do not want to use the "c" word. Its a word that we don't use very much around our house so we use a substitute word.
So when Geri was discharged from the hospital towards the end of February we started getting ready for our trip. We wanted to leave as soon as possible. From when she was discharged to the time we left was about 1 week.
Our travels took us first to Sturgis, SD to visit Geri's aunt Deb and uncle Marv. They were so gracious and kind. They sure knew how to cook. They kept us well fed. We stayed the night there.
The next morning we continued our journey onto Deadwood and a scenic drive through the Black Hills. Geri has a beautiful recollection of her childhood and the time she spent with her family around the Black Hills. I sure to do love to listen to the stories she tells.
That same day we continued to Gillette, WY where we stayed the night.
Following our stay in Gillette we went and toured the Little Big Horn Battlefield in Montana. We recollected the significance of the battle and said a prayer. From there we proceeded to drive to Bozeman, MT. We spent 2 nights in Bozeman. Me and Geri love Bozeman. We fell in love with the city the first time we seen it together. We were both in Bozeman on a trip 3 summers ago.
I should mention during this entire trip the scenery was AMAZING! It was so therapeutic for all of us to be in and so close to nature. After we left Bozeman we drove to Coeur d'Alene and stayed the night. Geri and her sister, Ann, both love this area especially the lakes.
From Coeur d'Alene we drove to Seattle. Seattle is where Geri's sister lives. It was so beautiful to see Ann and Geri embrace because it has been a while since they seen each other.
We spent a little over 10 days with Ann. We had such an amazing time. We were able to see many parts of Seattle that tourists don't really see. Ann was our tour guide and she knew the best places to see and all the best places to eat. We had some really fresh seafood. And when I say fresh I do mean fresh.
It was really tough to leave. Geri and her sister are really close. Siblings share a strong bond as most of know. It was evident when Geri and Ann were saying their goodbyes.
We intended to have a memory making road trip..............................we certainly DID! We have pictures to prove it. Now that we have been home Geri is now on hospice at home. It is really nice to have a nurse come in to check on her and make sure everything is good. Geri is a fighter and she continues to fight. She will not give up. Geri has so much love to share. We continue to fight right along side her. Thank you dear family and friends for all your support and prayers. Know that you are all in our prayers. God Bless each and everyone of your families. Love Geri & Bill!!!!
Geri and Bill will post periodic developments about Bountiful REI'S. We will also post updates about Geri's continued fight. We will also post about others that may need prayers as we do know other people fighting cancer and things can turn from day to day. Everyday is a blessing.