Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Excerpt from our Christmas Newsletter

February-our first annual Superbowl Cousins Weekend with Linda & Clif and Rhonda & David. No, we didn't attend the game but could see the stadium from Rhonda & David's beautiful home in Phoenix.

This summer, 6,904 round trip miles to Shipshewana, have warranty work done on our 5th wheel...of course we enjoyed the journey. ...Purdue, Notre Dame, Louisville, Memphis, Oklahoma football stadiums (at times we had to "sneak" in!)...Betty photographs 19 more Carnegie Libraries, total now 58, lots to go! ...catfish dinner with 35 HSHS classmates at Grandpa's in Little Rock...picking peaches in Arkansas - in 100 degree heat...Gino meets us ...Churchill Downs (amazed that it is basically in the middle of town and not the rolling blue grass hills of Kentucky!) & the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville... had to have the truck towed in Memphis - the worst part is that we missed a meal! We were on our way to have dinner at Rendezvous and instead had to settle for pizza delivered! ...Santa Fe - ah! Southwestern food and the New Mexico feeling...visiting people dear to us along our way

Several trips to Tahoe. A first, Gary played in two Slot Tournaments and even won money in one! As for his other winnings/losses Betty doesn't even want to know! She just enjoys the great view from the rooms at Harvey's.

Visits throughout the year with the Fresno Five - Russ & Denise and watching 7 year old Stanley play baseball, playing dolls with 6 year old Mary, learning about dinosaurs from 5 year old William. Micki and Dylan's annual visit for the Historics Races. Dinners with Kelle & Joe. Gary & Vivian living close so we see them often.

In October, 2,016 miles wandering in California, including a week in Crescent City with Don & Lee. Since they no longer have a RV they stayed with us - we still get along! The Alabama Hills in eastern California where they made many of the old Western "B" movies. Friday night pizza with the Laguna volunteer group - if its Friday its pizza! PGHS football games, Fresno State football games (Gary, not Betty)

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