Hale Mail from the Trail travel blog

This home belongs to Fred's son Glenn who is a Sheriff for...

This is the quiet street in Iola, Kansas where Glenn and Julie...

This home was built in the early 1900's and they have been...

This home is just down the street and really caught our eye.

Fred took us by the cemetary where his parents are buried. Doug...

This home is now a Bed and Breakfast Inn but look at...

This is Doug's cousin, Eileen, who still lives here in Iola, Kansas...

Back row L to R, Glenn(Deputy Sheriff), Fred, Doug, John (Eileen's husband)...

The beautiful countryside of Kansas on our way back to Oklahoma.

I couldn't stop snapping photos of Kansas as the sun was setting...

A colorful rainbow made an arch across our path back to Oklahoma.

The working farms were scattered across the fields as we drove and...

Fred led us along the backroads to see the beautiful countryside so...


On Sunday, Fred was heading to Iola, Kansas for his grandson's graduation. He very graciously invited us along! It was a 2 hour drive but Fred led us through the backroads so we could see the beautiful countryside of Oklahoma and Kansas! When we arrived, Glenn and Julie (Fred's son and his wife) were cool, calm and collected even though their son was graduating in less than 2 hours and they were hosting a catered party afterward. Julie took us on a tour of their home which was built in the early 1900's and showed us all the work they have done refurbishing! Then it was off to the highschool to see their son Chad receive his diploma. The graduating class was about 100 in number and the whole town, it seemed, turned out to witness it. We remained behind to finish a deposition I was working on for Erin and we thought it was a good idea to protect the house while the family was gone! No need to worry, this is the home of the Deputy Sheriff of Allen County and I don't think anyone would be stupid enough to bother it. But also, I don't think anyone locks their doors while they are out, here in Iola, Kansas! Don't pass this on! I'd hate to think that because I posted this little tidbit of information that criminals took advantage and moved in on this lovely little town!

Later, Fred took us on a tour so Doug could re-acquaint himself with Iola, Kansas. You see, Doug and his sister, Anita, traveled here in 1960, by train, all by themselves. It was safe back then and the train ride lasted about 3 days! The conductor had to come out and meet Doug to make sure he was responsible enough to look after his little sister on the trip. Well, I guess the conductor came out and asked Doug's parents "Where is he?" and Doug was standing on the other side of the counter but was too short to be seen! (He has grown a lot since then!!!) Doug has so many wonderful memories of his month-long stay here in Iola, Kansas in 1960!

It is a beautiful town and we got to sample a slice of middle America celebrating a Highschool graduation and a glimpse into the everday lives of folks in Iola, Kansas.

We drove the 2 hours back to Grove, Oklahoma and all along the way we saw beautiful fields spotted with working farms. We passed no more than 14 cars during the whole drive and were lead along by a beautiful rainbow which crossed the highway above us. It was a memorable weekend and we thank Fred & Carol and Glenn & Julie for including us!



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