A Summer of limited Boot Scootin’ – Mary Connealy

This was going to be about my favorite trip this summer. And I guess I have one, but I didn’t TAKE the trip that was supposed to be my favorite. So the one trip is my favorite.

My Cowboy retired January 1st.


Among other things, I found out he’s got ADHD (maybe???) A hyperactive energizer bunny! Except he’s always worked so HARD I couldn’t tell!

So now, finally, he’s got some spare time and energy and we had PLANS!!!

We had TRIPS planned. A daughter who had a baby in March!! Grandma and Grandpa are ON THE WAY!

A research trip following the Oregon Trail.

A possible return trip to Durango. We went in the winter and my current book series is set there. (so it’s too late to help the book! Still I’m interested in the area! And I didn’t get to see Mesa Verdi when I was there!!! The Government was shut down!!!)

We had this one GRAND trip planned to see a friend in Missouri, then on to see My Cowboy’s brother in Pensicola, Florida, then maybe on that trip swing up to Washington DC where my daughter lives in time to see a newborn.

And then 


Shut down the country.


PionThe one trip we did manage this year was a very modest two day journey to some Nebraska museums I love and have only seen once before and My Cowboy, never. I posted one day about the Stuhr Museum and the Earthen Lodge of the Pawnee Indian tribe.

But there was so much more.

Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska, was on that trip. I seriously love that museum.

Pioneer Village in Minden, NE

And then on to the … well, we call it

The Kearney Arch…it’s really (I have to go look it up…The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument-imagine forgetting that!?)

Anyway, it’s super cool, all of it. And I’m glad my books managed to scoot at least that far.

And as a grand finale of my boots scooting!!! Or the lack thereof.

Here’s sweet baby Adrian

Grinning at me to mock my loneliness!

Boot Scootin’ Boogey one of these daysto see her!

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46 thoughts on “A Summer of limited Boot Scootin’ – Mary Connealy”

  1. My only trip was to pick up my son in Virginia after his car broke down. 1.5 hours away, but I did cross the state line.

  2. Like you, I didn’t get to do as much as planned this year. I did manage a trip to the coast in early March before the closures became mandatory. However, I am a traveler by nature, so perhaps staying home was the vacation I needed.

  3. Good morning. I have a tea cup and saucer that’s just beautiful I bought at an antique Auction that’s from Minden, NE, Frontier village. It’s old, elegant porcelain.
    My Hubby and I took an amazing trip to WY and stayed in Cody and visited Yellowstone and so many amazing places in Wyoming. I highly recommend this state for vacation to any who loves the Cowboy way, mountains, and the great outdoors.

  4. That sweet baby is adorable!
    We have stayed in but finally in August we traveled to the hill country of Texas. We stayed in our camper trailer and took in all the sights we could.

  5. So sorry your summer plans didn’t become reality! I know that disappointment! Until the time when you will get to Mesa Verde, I very highly recommend Frank McNitt’s book Richard Wetherill Anasazi. If you do not know about this fascinating (and controversial) man and his discovery of Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon and other important archeological sites in the Four Corners, I believe you will enjoy the read! I happened to read it prior to my first if numerous visits to those sites and many others in that area, beginning back in the very early 80s and I cannot begin to tell you how much having read the book contributed to my enjoyment of my visits. BTW, thanks for all the research you do for your stories! I always am more than ready to read the new releases as I’ve read all the historical fiction you’ve written! Blessings!

  6. I actually had 2 big trips planned for this year and BAMM done .. no trips for me . I was to fly out in July to meet my half sister I found on ancestry, she lives in Austin TX.. We will meet someday but we text or talk all the time .. THEN I was to fly out 10/4 to see all my family in TN but thank you COVID that has been canceled also . Who knew one virus could shut down and entire county for a year!! I haven’t even been able to see my grandchildren in Missouri , lots of FaceTime for now .

  7. We did manage to take a trip to Florida. Although, it was raining for the most part because of Sally. However, it was still a nice trip until we had to come back early because our cat was sick. He passed away on our way home – so it made the trip not a good one. Sad memories.

  8. Hi Mary … we went camping a few times. The Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming were a lush green this year and wild flowers never more beautiful. We went to Duluth, Minnesota and enjoyed Lake Superior. Although our travels were less, we still social distanced and managed fun times with our family. Your sweet Adrian is adorable. How blessed your family must feel!

  9. We went back to my hometown for my brother’s wedding in June. And we had a Spring Break trip to see my in-laws just before things went crazy. Thankfully we hadn’t had any really big trips planned for this year.

  10. What a sweet angel baby! I used to babysit my 2 year old granddaughter while her parents worked but then my “TRIPS” to their house 30 mins. away were cancelled since they are now working from home 🙁 Now my trips involve the mailbox & taking out the trash!

  11. So sorry to hear about your trips. We don’t plan any trips anymore. This year has been rough on everyone but it is best to stay home right now with everything going on. The baby is so cute.

  12. Good morning. 2020 has been horrific and I’m so ready for 2021 and just pray it’ll be better! My Mother passed away unexpectedly on January 26, unfortunately her favorite granddaughter, my daughter, Cassi, saw her before I got into the house to find her first which was horrible. My mother had always insisted no services and that daughter was scheduled for knee surgery two days later so we went ahead with it. Cassi was scheduled to be home for a minimum of 3 weeks with her knee up. In February one of my nieces was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that matasized Then my mother’s sister passed away 1 day short of 2 months after my mother passed away. My oldest daughter had her 1st surgery and then Covid hit. So my youngest went to the actual school about 13 days of her Sophomore year. We didn’t get to make our Spring Break trip home and my oldest daughter and I both have auto-immune diseases we didn’t go back home to much of anywhere until Labor Day, we had enough of Covid and went home for my youngest nieces 5th birthday and to see family. We just didn’t get out and about much. Cassi is doing remote learning to keep from bringing Covid home. Our school (pre-k thru 12) just started having positive cases this week and we keep getting calls about more children being sent home for quarantine so we shall see where this heads in the next couple weeks. We have fewer than 600 students in our school system so I’m sure it won’t take much for us to shut down. We just found out a few days ago that there is nothing else they can do for my niece and my family is completely devastated. I cant’t imagine what my sister is going thru. My oldest sister had some growths removed from her vocal cords yesterday but they say it’s not cancer thank God. With the way the year has gone I was very scared! I think that’s all in this disaster of a year! Prayers for everyone, Covid, racial tensions, the election year and just stat safe! I could use a book and a vacation?…

  13. No trips planned for the foreseeable future as I’m caregiver to my 96 year old Mom. I’ve been home with her 8 years, so far! However, we did have a visit from my oldest sister, her #3 daughter, and Mom’s #14 great grandchild! I captured a special moment of Mom holding Little Miss Irie!

  14. My last out-of-state trip was to Ohio, but that was back in March right before the shutdown. Since then, no trips for me. I hope you can meet your grandbaby soon!!

  15. Aww little Adrian is just too cute. I love that smile, it reaches her eyes. Well now that may be a good thing that you know about your cowboys situation now. That is easily taken care of. We found out when our daughter was in 7th grade she had ADHD. When she was in high school she educated herself and learned how to handle it with out medicine. She is now 33 and still doing fantastic without meds. Thanks for being here today. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  16. Baby Adrian is adorable! We didn’t have any trips planned and didn’t take any either. I dread the day my guy retires. he is used to staying active too, so I know he won’t know what to do with himself when that day comes.

  17. Your granddaughter is darling. It hurts to think of you not being able to hold her. I know I love that age and would hate to miss it. Hopefully you will be able to see her soon. I am glad we took our big trip to Alaska last summer. We had already had to postpone it for 2 years due to health issues. We had a few short trips planned for this year, but nothing too important. Our daughter graduated from law school in May and it was a big disappointment for us all that the ceremonies were canceled. We haven’t seen her or her family since Christmas. She worked so hard, it was too bad she couldn’t celebrate it. Now she has had to postpone the bar exam so she can’t even use what she worked so hard for. I thought with all this time at home, I would finally get to so many projects that have been left undone. Nope. I don’t know where the past 6 months have gone, but the only thing I have to show for it are my flower beds cleaned out and planted.

    What has really hurt was not being able to go to NY. I am the oldest of six. The youngest, my sweet brother, died of cancer last month and we were not able to go up to see him or attend the funeral. I am glad we went up last Fall, but that was not enough nor were the phone calls. So many families have been hurt by this pandemic, missing and losing family members and friends.

    We can hope a good vaccine is developed soon and the world can reopen. I miss hugs from our grandchildren and children. It would be nice to go out for dinner or just go out without worrying about rude people who won’t wear masks or keep out of your space. I have a compromised immune system, so have only left home 6 times since mid-March. At some point I am going to start planning our next big trip, but at this point, I would be happy with a long weekend somewhere. I will have to put Pioneer Village in Minden on our list of places to visit, but that will have to be part of at least a week long trip. There is so much to see in that area, I am sure we could spend several days there and still not see everything.

    I hope you get to visit your grandbaby soon. Take a whole day for Mesa Verde. We lived in Colorado Springs for 3 years and went to Mesa Verde whenever we could. There is a lot to see in that area, too. If you haven’t done the Durango to Silverton Railroad trip, it is beautiful. We haven’t done the rail trip in New Mexico yet. Next trip back out West, I hope we can. There are many things in Denver we didn’t get to do either. Take care of yourself, keep your husband busy ( do you still have cattle), stay safe and healthy.

  18. I took 2 trips! First I was life flighted to a burn unit in Lubbock TX for smoke inhalation burns. I enjoyed the sleep that I don’t remember. My vacation there was 17 days. Then I took a lovely trip from there to Temple TX in an ambulance to a hospital closer to my daughter. No visitors though but at least she could bring me things I needed after I was awake enough to know I needed them. The ambulance ride was like nothing I have ever experienced. It was like riding in a canoe backwards in a shoe box which became airborne at least once down the highway. I do not recommend having a house fire but I do recommend keeping your batteries fresh in your smoke detector. Mine saved my life.

  19. My husband and I made a few trips this summer to Wichita, KS and Edmond, OK to see grandchildren but didn’t get to Arizona to see the family and granddaughters there. It has been hard not seeing them for such an extended period of time.

  20. Afraid not! Going to the grocery store once or twice a month has been the extent of my traveling, and I didn’t want to do that.

  21. Hi Mary, Sounds like us. After I retired several years ago we had house remodel, a series of surgeries for my husband and an old, sick pet to care for. With everything more under control, 2020 was going to be our Year of Travel – or at least I was going to make the rounds and visit relatives we hadn’t seen in a while. I had reservations to meet my great-nephew for the first time before my other niece had her first baby. I innocently thought the trip in May would just be delayed. Oh, well. No trips to Florida or Indiana or Colorado in the near future. And no summer with a long visit from the great-grandkids. We are disappointed but still thank heavens that we are healthy, safe, very comfortable and have a live-in adult granddaughter to run most errands. And books, always books! Take care, stay safe and we’ll all be on the road again one of these days!

  22. Such a cute little one! We had planned to go to our grandson’s high school graduation still in Washington but five hours away and lots of interesting places in Wa and Oregon between here and there. Of course that didn’t happen. We did get to see him and three other of his classmates give their valedictorian speeches thanks to virtual graduation. We haven’t traveled but our kids and their families have all been able to come here, which has been a blessing. I am so looking forward to more normal life.

  23. AWWW, MARY. That is soooo disappointing–the worst part is not getting to see that precious baby! She is darling! I hope everything rights itself soon and you get to do all those things, and especially go see the baby. The only trips we make right now are to the grocery store and the pharmacy. :((((

  24. Congratulations on your new Grandbaby, she is Beautiful! Yep, we plan and our plans are changed and for good reasons. My husband and I went on a 2 mile hike which is 2 hours away from where we live. It was very nice and peaceful, we actually climbed up about 175 feet. We took our pup with us and he loved it also. After we did our hike we ate some bratwurst sandwiches that my husband had packed for us. We didn’t see very many people at all , maybe 3 couples. We really enjoyed it, we were out enjoying nature. God willing things will get back to normal soon and we all will be able to do things and go places that we want to go. For right now we need to stay put and be patient. Have a Great weekend and stay safe. God Bless you and your family.

  25. Congratulations on your new grandchild! We were planning to go to Spain this summer to see my brother and his family who live there and to see my niece and nephew. We already had the airplane tickets since last December but finally canceled the tickets in April. So we’re not planning any other trips this year. Hopefully, maybe next year. We’ll see.

  26. Sorry you were unable to do your trips this year. I was supposed to take a cruise to Alaska this summer and it was canceled. I have also been planning a trip to Italy but the planning of that is on hold until things are better. Congrats on your new granddaughter!

  27. We just got back from a trip to Hilton head island. It’s the 1st Vacation we had been on since April 2019.We own a small business and it’s sometimes hard to get away, then throw in the whole pandemic, suffice it to say we were ready for a break!

  28. I visited my sister who lives in San Diego. We stayed in much of the time because everything was shut down. We worked on sewing items for the holidays, baked, and did crafts projects.
    There was a pool at her complex and we were lucky that we got to go there every afternoon
    . My usual visit there we would n0t have stayed home-we would be doing shopping, eating out and going to the beach. Maybe next summer!

  29. My most exciting trip was to the dermatologist for excision of a tiny tumor–right between my eyes! Whee!

    If you go back to Durango, be sure to see the Bar D Wranglers. A great meal and great entertainment. Of course there’s Silverton, Ouray, Lake City, and Creede, a few of my favorite places in the world.

  30. I don’t get to go on many vacations but we got to go to Michigan for my oldest grandson’s delayed graduation open house (Covid postponed). It was nice. (He was a 26 week old preemie, just over 2 pounds & now has graduated.). Time flies!!

  31. I hope you get to see your grandbaby soon. I too have missed seeing my grandson who lives in Idaho. He is2 1/2 and I have only seen him once (at 7 mos old) when they came home for my husband’s funeral in Dec 2018. My oldest daughter and I had planned to go out there in the late spring to see them, but that didn’t work out.
    Hopefully I will make it out there next spring. I am NOT making a trip to Idaho in the winter. There is a reason I live in the South.

  32. What an adorable picture of that sweet baby! So sorry you’re not getting to see her! The only trips we took this summer were right here in Nebraska, to Oshkosh and to Loop City. We had hoped to travel, but we’ll be in a year or two as I will join the retired ranks. Love your books!

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