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The Fourth with the Rollers

Six years ago, we joined the Pikes Peak Rollers, an FMCA chapter out of Colorado Springs.  This year, we joined their Fourth of July Rally held in Buena Vista, Colorado.  It was a good time, with lots of social interaction, events, food and local activities.

New to us this year was the annual horse race.  Using 6 “jockeys”, the “horses” advanced on the roll of foam rubber dice.  Since real money was used with real bookies, it was lively, spirited, and I lost all my bets.

The Buena Vista Fourth Parade was rather small, it is after all a small town  But it was refreshing to see the local entries and the patriotism showed by participants and attendees alike.  And the kids gots lots of candy…

The Fireworks were spectacular.  Not only because of the fireworks themselves, but set against the majestic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and evening sky  it became an event unto itself.  Too bad I forgot my “real” camera, these cell phone pictures will have to do….

Stacy and Dallas’ wedding

June 26, 2016 3 comments

Our daughter Stacy has been in a relationship with her girlfriend and partner Dallas Ruggieri for almost a decade.  They made the decision to confirm their love for each other with a wedding ceremony.  And, in keeping with their interests, the theme was to be “Day of the Dead”.  Or, as some would say it, a Zombie wedding.

So, we all dressed up accordingly and appeared during one of Dallas’ (the city) hottest days.  Fortunately air  conditioning had been invented and the whole event went off without a hitch (except theirs, of course – pun intended).  Family and friends showed up and demonstrated how popular Stacy and Dallas are – the outfits were spectacular!

With a lot of help from their friends Stacy and Dallas did a superb decoration setup in and around their house.  The whole event was spectacular, and moving.

May I present Stacy and Dallas Riley.  (Click on the small image for a larger view.  It’s worth it!)

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Going to the dogs

Our friends Roland and Tish Stuebner raise and show dogs.  Specifically, Standard Schnauzers.  They’ve done quite well, and have raised several Champions and a Grand Champion, and are on their way to another.  At this show, Roland was showing Chase, their Champion dog.  Their handler was also showing Quinn, one of Roland’s other dogs.

They travel in their motor home (with a small army of dogs) to various dog shows.  One dog show happened to be close to us, so we paid them a visit and took in some of the event.  A lot of dogs, and this was a small show!

It was great to meet up with them again and watch them prep and show their dogs.  There sure are a lot of dog breeds, so we had fun and just had to take some pictures of the many dogs being shown.

 

Austin, Texas

April 30, 2015 Leave a comment

A group of RV travel friends, members of the Traveling Supremes and friends, met and stayed in San Marcos, TX to visit the area. We had a fun time together, visited the many historical sites of the area, and of course sampled the local cuisine… barbecue!

Our first visit was to the LBJ library, where we had a chance to revisit the history of the LBJ presidency. This was followed by a visit to the Bullock Texas State History Museum, where we learned more about Texas and its founding. I highly recommend this to anyone, not just Texans… very interesting! That evening, Dave Phillips brought in the “Fajita King”, who made some excellent Fajitas from scratch.

Our next visit was to the San Marcos Springs, a natural spring site located on (or near) Texas State University. There we visited the aquarium and took a glass bottom boat tour to see the bottom of the lake and the springs themselves. A pot luck meal completed another satisfying day.

Then, another trip took us to the Texas State Capital building, where a guided tour introduced us to the largest state capital building in the US. The history of this marble building was a story all to itself. Most interesting! After this we visited the University of Texas, and went to the top of the Clock Tower, notorious for being one of first public mass murders in recent history.

A final meal at the Grist Mill in Gruene helped end a most interesting visit. Thanks to the Phillips and Hoovers for putting together a fun gathering!

The group at the LBJ Museum

The group at the LBJ Museum

Les, Ida, LBJ and Romola

Les, Ida, LBJ and Romola

The "Fajita King"!

The “Fajita King”!

View of the Texas Capital

View of the Texas Capital

Showing when the Capital was built

Showing when the Capital was built

Looking down on the Rotunda floor

Looking down on the Rotunda floor

Looking up inside the Rotunda dome

Looking up inside the Rotunda dome

State legislature

State legislature

Down the east hallway

Down the east hallway

A view of the clock tower

A view of the clock tower

Halloween party!

November 2, 2013 1 comment

Stacy and Dallas thew a most excellent Halloween Party!  We all had a great time, as may be seen from these photos:

Shane and Tanya

Romola

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Shane and Tanya

Tanya, Romola, Dallas, Stacy

Tanya, Romola, Dallas, Stacy

John, Boone, Shane

John, Boone, Shane

Romola and John

Romola and John

Boone and Allison

Boone and Allison

Tanya, Shanem Romola

Kurt, Tanya, Shane and Romola

Dallas, playing with fire

Dallas, playing with fire

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Alex, Dallas, Ahni

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Stephanie, Jenny

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Lyric

Lyric

Mike and Kurt

Mike and Kurt

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Heidi, Stephanie, Jenny

Stacy and Mike

Stacy and Mike

Mike and Lyric, newlyweds

Mike and Lyric, newlyweds

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Heidi, Jenny, Dallas, Stephanie (seated)

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Alex, Link, Ahni, Nikita

Dallas, Stacy, Mike and Lyric

Dallas, Stacy, Mike and Lyric

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Machelle, Boone (Romola in Background)

Romola and Shane

Romola and Shane

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Alliance Air Show

October 21, 2013 2 comments

Alliance puts on a free air show that was most enjoyable.  The weather was great, the price was right, and we had a great day.  We are still amazed at the ability of the stunt pilots.  Almost a controlled cash without crashing!

The Tora! Tora! Tora! was the most spectacular, I don’t know where they got all those Zero aircraft.  The pyrotechnics that accompanied the display was awesome as well.  And, as usual, the Shockwave jet truck (powered by three (!) jet engines) was a crowd pleaser.

Several parachite demos were powerful

Several parachute demos helped open the show

Spectacular biplane

Spectacular biplane stunts

Wait! Which wasy is up?

Wait! Which way is up?

That just looks impossible

That just looks impossible

A low slow speed pass, on edge

A low slow speed pass, on edge

Hard to know how they keep their horizons

Hard to know how they keep their horizons

The Jet truck in full force

The Shockwave Jet truck in full force

Lots of noise and speed

Lots of noise and speed

Busienss end of the jet truck

Busienss end of the jet truck

An old timer on static display

An old timer on static display

Here comes Tora! Tora! Tora!

Here comes Tora! Tora! Tora!

A Zero on a pass

A Zero on a pass

Another Zero making a pass

A Nakajima B5N torpedo bomber

Almost frightening, watching the "attack"

Almost frightening, watching the “attack”

A Zero with torpedo

A Nakajima B5N with torpedo

Thunderbolt A-47

Thunderbolt A-47

Beautiful aircraft

Beautiful aircraft

Beuatiful P-51 Mustang

Beuatiful P-51 Mustang

From my youth: a Mig 17

From my youth: a Mig 17

Two guys in flying suits

Two guys in flying suits

Black Diamond in formation

Black Diamond in formation

Black Diamond on a pass

Black Diamond on a pass

Harvesting corn in Illinois

October 6, 2013 Leave a comment

We visited Romola’s classmate Jan Knollenberg, who we hadn’t seen for many years.   They had a great time catching up.  Meanwhile, Jan’s husband Jack invited me to ride along in his new combine, harvesting corn.   Jack farms some 1,400 acres of corn and soy beans.  I was most pleased to take this ride, and I learned a lot.  One thing I learned that farmers are high tech risk takers, and gamble much of their their existence every year on crop outcome.

The combine was new this year (Jack gets a new one every 2 years) and was a technological marvel.  From a picking point of view, the corn is cut, picked up, cobs are stripped off, and the kernels are stripped off of the cob.  The corn falls in a bin behind the driver, the remnants spread behind the combine, making new compost for one year.

But it is more technical than that.  The combine can drive itself, with GPS keeping an accuracy close to one inch.  I was amazed at the system that tracks combine movement exactly, the machine drives itself.  Plus, it tracks weather, crop moisture, bin contents, what fields have been cut, and so on, all while keeping the cutting heads at the right height and matching ground contours.  Pretty amazing.

I forgot my camera, so had to make do with my cell phone camera.  Thanks for the informative morning, Jack!

Jack, climbing into the new John Deere combine

Jack, climbing into the new John Deere combine

Driving to the corn field to be cut

Driving to the corn field to be cut

Approaching the corn rows

Approaching the corn rows

Here, the cutters grab the corn stalk, and move it into the processing area.

Here, the cutters grab the corn stalk, and move it into the processing area.

The husked corn kernels fall into the bin behind the driver.

The husked corn kernels fall into the bin behind the driver.

There goes some 275 bushels of corn.

There goes some 275 bushels of corn.