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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Fireworks, Caves, and Family

The summer is flying by. In recent years we have gone to N Carolina for a family vacation during the first week of July. This year the owner of the place that we had reserved took it off of the market. That combined with the current economic pinch caused us to opt for a shorter time nearer to home this year. Donna's sister Carol has a family gathering at her home on Buckeye Lake each year on the Friday before the 4th of July. We had missed it for several years but with the new plans we were able to attend. Friday, as usual, she threw a wonderful party which culminated with viewing of Buckeye lake's "BLASST" fireworks display from a pontoon boat. This was a truly outstanding display. I have seldom had kind words about the events coordinator, Tory Wolfe, due to many ideological differences. However, the consensus is that this was the best "BLASST" show ever and I must give her credit for a fantastic job of putting it together. The following morning we watched the Parade of Boats from Carol's porch, then we just hung out for the rest of the weekend. It was a grand time visiting with family.
Late Monday morning we drove 30 miles further south, picked up groceries, and joined up with my daughter and her family (think Grandsons) at a cabin near Nelsonville where we stayed until Friday. While there we visited, played miniature golf at a great place in Logan, ate good food, checked out the local sights, and just generally hung out. Carol, her husband Jim, and 2 grand-nieces spent one day with us at Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, and Lake Logan. While the rest of the crew walked down to Cedar Falls I jumped on my little scooter and collected one of the many letterboxes in the area. The cabins hot tub was appreciated each night. Most of the time I forget to grab my camera or to take pictures. However, Ellisa is a much better photographer than I so I can depend on her to get some good shots. Check out her vacation photos.

I had printed clues and downloaded the locations to my GPS for about 35 letterboxes within a 10 mile radius of the cabin. In addition when I checked my email on Monday morning I found that 3 more had been planted in the area. One of these was less than two miles from the cabin. On Thursday Ellisa and her family hiked back to Rock Bridge while Donna and I found two letterboxes. Later in the day Ellisa's gang (The Kobystars) along with Donna and I located, "Who is hidin' in the woods", the new box near our cabin. Elllisa's husband Matt was a great help in getting things done. He loaded and unloaded my scooter, did most of the cooking on a wood fire (Eagle Scout skills) built in the grill, and loaded and unloaded the cars. I would have had great difficulty without his unending assistance. So all and all we had a fantastic week. We capped the week off with a steak dinner (T-bones and bacon wrapped filet mignons) that Matt had brought from home and prepared on the grill Thursday night.

I can't get too much family time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad you all had such a good time!!!! It sounds wonderful!!! Take care Dot