I am back in the big open country where the skies go on forever. Since I have last posted I have visited Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota. This morning I am waking up in Buffalo, Wyoming. I am moving towards Cody and then Yellowstone. I decided to take a quick couple of days on the Northern Loop. I am doing a tour into that area in February. I wanted to familiarize myself with this area since it has been years since I have explored that area. Fam trip here I come.
I spent a part of Tuesday in Badlands National Park. I camped there and explored the park in the morning. Then a light came on on the dashboard. I spent the rest of the morning in Wall Drug. It was the last place I wanted to be. It is a tourist town. Now I have to reevaluate my opinion of this town. I have infected great toes. I walked into do medical clinic I noticed while talking to Roadtrek Emergency Assist. They saw me right away. I started on antibiotics, thanks to the pharmacy. The Lube place filled my DEF tank with fluid. The people in this town were extremely helpful. It turned into a very good stop. And…they offer free water. It is how they got started.
Tammy worked with Jim for years. she was the manager of the Counseling Department at Grossmont College. Tammy was more than that to us. Tammy has always been our friend. Since Jim got sick she has stepped forward and offered her help. She drove Jim to appointments when I was out of town. She has even gotten up at those wee early morning hours to drive me to the airport. She always has called Jim “Boss”, even after they retired. They truly had a great affection for each other. Since Jim died Tammy has been major support to me. The day I wanted to pick up the Jim’s ashes she met me at the funeral home as I could not go in. Tammy very rarely ever says no. I love the fact that our friendship has deepened. She has certainly helped offer unconditional support for me. I am so thankful Tammy remains a part of my life. The whole counseling department has been so supportive and helpful to me. Actually the whole college has been supportive. The benefit department took over right after Jim died and took care of some of the initial phone calls I needed to make. Any time I needed help the people at the college have been there for me.
I continue to be thankful for all the loving support I continue to receive. Each person I interact with or who quietly supports me is remembered. Their energy helps me to move forward with my life. Now it is onto Yellowstone and a good day of exploring the area of the country of big vistas.