Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

The road leads to many barns


Poppies at one of many rest stops we visited today.

If you’ve been following us on Facebook you’ll know that Katie and I are headed South. Today we completed day 2 of our 3 day adventure. We spent last night in Indianapolis Indiana, and tonight we’re in Huntsville Alabama. It’s supposed to be a 6 hour trip between the two but of course Katie and I stop at every rest stop along the way.

Plus we were driving through barn country.

This was probably pretty once.

Katie enjoys her rest stops and I enjoy my barns. What can I say except that she’s a very patient sheltie-girl. And I try not to get off course for very long or very often. In fact I only allowed myself to get off the freeway twice today when I saw lovely barns dotting the countryside. And I only traveled 3 or 4 miles out of the way each time.

I saw so many beautiful barns that were not in a spot easily found once I exited the freeway, but I always found something else that was (almost) as photogenic as what enticed me off course in the first place.

Saw this one from the freeway and actually found it after we got on the back roads.

It’s hot in the South right now. The car said it was 97 out there this afternoon. Katie, in her crate in the back seat, slept a lot and I tried to keep the car cool for her.

Cow rests in the shade.

But as the day wore on, and about two hours away from our hotel, I noticed the air conditioning was almost negligible. I’m sure she felt nothing cool in the back seat. She seemed lethargic and I began to panic. I rolled the windows down and hoped that the breeze made up for the lack of cool. I began to talk to her loudly and often. I told her we were going to get her dinner soon. She perked up.

Jackpot! A whole bunch of barns in one shot!

I stopped for a minute to give her a long drink of water and feel her tummy. She didn’t feel too warm. Yet. I drove faster and skipped the last rest stop at the Alabama line. I figured we were only 30 minutes from an air conditioned room, and stopping would do nothing but heat us both up even more.

Barn on the back road.

So I sang to her, talked to her, and she watched me, thinking something good was coming. It was. Air conditioning! I even planned on filling the tub with cool water if I had to cool her down. Or looking for a vet if I thought she was in heat stroke.

Working the fields on this hot afternoon.

But she bounced out of the car when we got to the hotel and pulled me, prancing all the way, into the lobby. And then she wanted to play. And eat her supper. And drink a big long drink. And go outside for a walk. And play some more. And go back outside. And get a treat. Or two.

The colors in the barn go so nicely with the colors in the field.

So I guess all my worrying was for nothing.

But tomorrow we’ll be getting up early to drive the last 4 hours to the lake before the afternoon heats up. And next week we’ll be taking the car to a dealer to see what’s up with the air.

It’s always something.

Air conditioning is good mama!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

20 thoughts on “The road leads to many barns

  1. Whew! Air-conditioning in the South is a must! Glad Katie is alright. You do find the best barns…..great photos, Dawn!


  2. It probably just needs regassing


  3. We must like the same things! I make my husband brake for barns all the time, especially the crumbling, leaning barns we see so often in the south. Best wishes for a good trip!


  4. Great photos – I enjoy pictures of barns.


  5. Air conditioning is pawsome we agree. Katie you should have milked it when u were feeling a tad hot in the car. You should have made your mom stop for ice cream or lots of treats.


  6. Glad you are both OK and having such a scenic trip. It must have been awfully hot for you too. I had my car’s aircon recharged last week as it was not dealing too well with our warm weather – warm being the operative word compared to your weather! Travel safely.


  7. I love road trips, but get anxious when mechanical problems arise so far away from home…Glad you made it to your stop without overheating…I love the scenery in the South…or anywhere to be honest 😉 Barns are a favorite of mine too! Lovely pictures.


    • Last year on our trip down to Florida Katie and I got stuck in a little town in Tennessee for about 5 days due to a transmission problem. Sigh. I felt quite frustrated then and again on this trip. Maybe time for a new car.


  8. This is a hard time of year to travel with a heavy-coated Sheltie. Glad Princess Katie is perking back up, and I hope you get the A/C fixed soon — princesses don’t like to sweat!!


    • It’s definitely more difficult to travel at this time of year than, say, February. There was an accident on the NB lanes of 65 (we were in the SB lanes) and the backup was miles and miles long. I thought about how horrible that would be in this heat, and how cars overheat…and if we were stuck in something like that and had to turn the car off, where would I go that she’d be safe, would I find shade? Even in the shade how hot would it be to wait perhaps hours. And all that was BEFORE our own air gave out. Definitely more risk traveling in the summer with her.

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  9. Love that second photo and now i am thinking of Phil Barnes of Dallas 🙂

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