Wednesday, March 27, 2013

5/9-6/17-Camp a way, Lincoln, NE

Here we are in Lincoln..."home" at last.

Our first outing is to nephew Nolan's baccalaureate, and then graduation the next day.  He now has a bachelor's degree in Physics and will start a Masters in Architecture at UNL this summer.

Sad news, Cathy's cousin Scott passed away in Salt Lake City, so Cathy drives herself and her parents for the viewing and funeral.  They are able to see Scott's grandson, Kamas, who cheered us all up.  What a cutie!

Right after Cathy gets back, our computer crashes.  Diagnosis is mother board or processor, either one costs more to repair than a new computer.  Spend a couple of days without, while Geeks download from one hard drive to the other.

not such a great picture, I know
Next up is nephew Carson's graduation from Southwest High School.

We have a great time having campfires here!  Steve's brother brings two truckloads of wood, and then our camp neighbor brings over some construction scrap for us to burn also!!!

Next thing we know, it is time for Steve and friends Duane, Steve, and Gerard to head for Minnesota and the boundary waters for their canoe trip.
fish for dinner!
Last event is a trip with the RV to an alignment!  Then on to nephew Clint's while we cruise.

5/5-5/9- City Park, Chanute, KS

Here we are back in Chanute for service.  We left the RV and took a drive to Kansas City to stay with friends for a couple of nights.  Got to see our financial guys (Steve can still retire), and Cathy gets a massage and haircut.

When we pick the RV up, we have a new microwave (we have been without since last August) that is also a convection oven, and a cooktop and storage in place of the old stove/oven combo!  Yay.  Also found out we have a cable outlet for an outside TV.  Yay again!

4/29-5/5-Lost Valley Lake Resort - Owensville, MO

This is a nice resort out in the country.  Cathy took some time to chill while Steve rode more of the Katy trail.

We took a drive on the scenic Highway 94, along the river and the trail.  We also took some time to tour historic Hermann, MO.
courthouse on the hill

Then the rain started, and didn't quit!!!
picnic table almost in the lake

4/21-4/29-Addmore Campground, Clarksville, IN

Steve tries the batting cage!
Nice park close to Louisville, KY.  Our first tour was the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum.  Had to purchase a custom bat for nephew Nolan!
downtown factory
one of the cool lego stadiums

Our next trip was to Franklin, where we toured the State Capitol, the Kentucky Horse Park, and a Frank Lloyd Wright home.  We got to see Cigar, Funny Cide and Go for Gin at the horse park.

at the Horse Park
FLW house
FLW house

Cathy meets a new friend

Our last stop was to Churchill Downs Museum and Tour!  We were a week early for the Derby, but they had already started the weeklong festivities, including a marathon!  We had to park 3 miles away because all the streets were blocked off.  Cathy was exhausted by the time we got there!  We saw Mine that Bird, who lives at the track now, and ate at the Derby cafe (Mint Juleps and Burgoo!!!)
Downs Grandstand

Mine that Bird

The Derby Track

4/14-4/21-Nashville Country RV Park, Nashville, TN

This is a nice small park, and we have a corner spot.  The better to let Dottie play outside.

One of our first agenda items was a tour of the Grand Old Opry, then front row seats for the live radio show!  We saw quite a few acts!
part of the original floor from the Ryman Theatre
"Minnie Pearl"

Blackberry Smoke

Darius Rucker

We took a tour of the downtown by trolley and toured the State Capital building, the Ryman theatre and had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe.    
In Franklin
The Hermitage House
Cathy then flew into Denver for the funeral of her Great Aunt Helen, her grandfathers last remaining sibling.  While Cathy was gone, Steve toured the Hermatige (Andrew Jackson's Home and Plantation) and Franklin, TN.
Beautiful Iris

4/40-4/14-Raccoon Valley RV Park, Heiskell, TN

We are staying at an Escapees park this time.  Seems to be ok.  Cathy takes a day off and Steve tours the Museum of Appalachia.  Steve doesn't remember much about the museum, but there was a beautiful peacock there!

We took a tour of Farragut, TN, where they have an annual Dogwood driving Tour.  Beautiful trees!


We also took a day to tour the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.  Steve took an extra day there and hiked the part of the Appalachian Trail through the Park.
the only wildlife we saw!

4/4-4/10-Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia, SC

Well, it has been a long time since I posted, so I had better get busy and update!

We toured the State Capital building, the USC Campus, and the downtown.  It is very cool to have a campground so close to the town again.


interesting tree knot

Cathy chills also

another tree knot
chillin' at the park

We also toured the Congaree National Park and the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

Dottie made a new friend at the Park.  This is Sophia.  We also saw a beautiful moth on one of the picnic tables!