Tuesday, August 31, 2010

OnThe Road Again!!!!!!

Chuck ---  Our Midwest activities are over for the summer and we are once again on the road. Jan’s niece Susie was married to Weston who is a great young man. It was a big event for the town of Templeton, Iowa with a population of 334 very proud residents. With the passing of Jan’s father the next step was to clean their house in Halbur, Iowa (Population 202). We spent several days and divided a lifetime of belongings between the four children. It is an amazing thing to do. It was done with respect and love for the things which meant so much to them. Our “things” which Jan chose, went to our three kids; a few items to hold in memory of their grandparents. The house has been recently sold and one more chapter has been closed. Iowa friends - Yellowsmoke

Our last few days in Iowa were spent in Yellowsmoke Park with some of our best buds. We ate great meals each day. The weather was just perfect to spend hours of “chair time” and make plans for future times together.  

We made one last visit to the Chicago area to be with Eric and Cheri and their children Ryan and Jessica. We also visited Ames, Iowa to be with Brent and Donna and their children Stephen, Katie, Michael, Anne, Libby, and Madeleine. Our time with our families is very precious. We LOVE them very much. We are happy that this lifestyle allows us to spend time with each of them.

Jessica, Cheri and Ryan; Chuck, Jan and Eric

Madeleine, Brent, Stephen, Anne and Katie; Michael, Chuck, Jan, Libby and Donna       Eric’s family is on the left, Brent’s family is above.

It was good to see all of the families and now we are on the way to Seattle to visit with our last Moore family, Josh and Sarah with children Alli, Isaac, Julianna and Lexi. Julianna is the newest, she was born July 23. It will take us several weeks to make the trip, however this year we got a late start and we will have to be aware of the weather in the mountains of the Northwest. We have noticed that the nights here in the Black Hills are very cool and we will find some cold weather on the way. Double rainbow over the Mountain Aire at Heartland RV in Hermosa, SD

The double rainbow, at left, after a brief shower was a nice start to our Black Hills visit. On our exploring days we often pack a lunch and when we find a quiet place we stop and eat. Custer State Park; lunchtime watching pronghorn antelope This is on the prairie at Custer State Park. It is one of our favorite places to watch buffalo and other wildlife. Today the buffalo were not cooperating so we had Pronghorn Antelope for company. Yes, I know they are not true antelope, but that is what I call them.  We visited Wind Cave NP today and in the town of Custer we found flowers and buffalo.

Jan/Custer, SD Chuck & buffalo in downtown Custer, SD

Monday, August 30, 2010

Pictures from August

Thought we would share some of our pictures from August. It was a heart warming family time!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

hot, Hot, HOT!!!

(Jan) Okay, okay, we know that it is hot in Iowa in August but this is crazy!  For the past week or so the heat index has gotten up to 100-115 degrees! 40472_1601215508976_1193709032_1680986_5196481_s[1] Air Conditioning is a must; it takes your breath away to be outside in the afternoon!  Part of the problem is that the Midwest is stuck in a rainy weather pattern and we can’t seem to get unstuck.  Ames, Iowa where our son Brent, wife Donna and 6 kids are is in worse flooding than in 1993!  A water main broke draining one of the city’s huge water tower and now everyone in the city is having to boil their water. Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State’s Basketball arena is flooded.  We heard on the news that the court floor is floating in the flood water! So far the football stadium is okay.

Last Thursday we took a break from the Carroll County scene and headed down to Saylorville near Des Moines to meet Boomer friends Joey and Carl Christensen. Jan & Chuck 008We had planned to stay at South Prairie Flower CG but because of a major electric line break that entire campground was shut down. So, unless we had reservations, which we didn’t, Saylorville was completely booked.  We decided to meet at Cutty’s Resort at Grimes, also near Des Moines. It was great to see them and we spent fun hours visiting, playing Bocci and grilling.  We also went out to eat at Boston’s Bar & Grill and to Red Lobster for Carl and Joey’s anniversary.  Sunday night the four of us drove over to Fazoli’s in Ankeny to meet Boomer friends Russ and Jane Darrow who are workamping at Adventureland in Altoona this summer. Always good to see them and we had a great visit about everyone’s summer adventures.

The following was the weather report for Sunday at Cutty’s. Note that any Dew Point in the 70’s is extremely uncomfortable!

Weather Underground - Grimes, Iowa (PWS) Updated: 5 min 16 sec ago (8/8/10)

93.6 °F Humidity: 67% Dew Point: 81 °F Wind: 8.0 mph from the South

Wind Gust: 20.0 mph Pressure: 29.68 in (Steady) Heat Index: 115 °F

Jan & Chuck 001Monday was travel day for us back to Swan Lake State Park near Carroll. We were happy to join good friends Ron and Edna here at the park. Also, visited mom, checked in with my brother Glen, got our mail, spent time at the farm and had a fun birthday lunch with my cousin, my aunt and a couple of her neighbors at the Santa Maria Winery.  We got to celebrate two 70th, one 60th and and a 50th Birthday! Today we received an e-mail from friends Lonn and Gwen, who we met at Craggy Wash in AZ.  They will be traveling through Iowa at the beginning of September and it will be great to see them again.

This week-end is a BIG one for my family!  My neice’s wedding is on Sat., a gathering for family on Sunday and Monday we will be working at my parents house of 59 years.  We are going through all of the household items and then will put the house up for sale.  Mom is very comfortable at the Swan House and wishes to remain there. 

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