Monday, May 21, 2007

Golf Extravaganza

The 30th Annual (at least) Community Covenant Church Golf Extravaganza took place yesterday at a new venue. It was a wonderful sunny morning for walking the golf course with friends and hitting a few balls into the water, the sand, the woods -- and, oh yeah,
even into the hole now and then.

After missing last year's event, and finishing last the year before that, Kitty and Greg scrambled their way to a third place finish with a score of 32! Yes, a 32 on a par-27 executive 9-hole course --
our best showing so far. More importantly, we had a blast!

The CCC golf gang

Kitty on the course

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The River Rolls

Living between four large rivers means we're almost always crossing one ... and that something is always happening with one of them.

Mother's Day was sunny and warm, and Kitty wanted to take a drive in the G6 GTP with the sunroof open. We drove up to Alton, IL, crossing the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers by bridges. The Lewis & Clark Bridge is really quite a site (looks like a smaller version of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge near Tampa/St. Pete). The Great River Road then continues north along the Illinois River past Elsah's Landing and Grafton, then we crossed the river on the Brussels Ferry.

Next, a few miles drive on some back roads through some beautiful countryside to the Mississippi River landing for the Golden Eagle Ferry and Kinder's Restaurant. A great place to sit on the deck, enjoy a light meal and a drink, and watch Old Man River flow by. Crossing at sunset, we drove through St. Charles, back across the Missouri River, and home.

All three rivers seemed about normal level for Spring, but now just three days later we tried to walk the bank of the Missouri near our home and the water level is up several feet! We couldn't get down to the stone bank we usually walk on - just had to watch the trees and other debris float by, wondering how much of it came all the way across the state from Kansas City.

Yeah, we know -- next time we'll take pictures! Oh, and what's the fourth river which we didn't cross on this trip?

CVN-75 Harry S. Truman

Greg spent a work week aboard the Harry S. Truman aircaft carrier
... but not at sea!

It's always an experience to visit a ship or an air base, but the only way to go cruising is on a ship that has a pool and serves champagne!

Click on any picture for a larger image.
Some photos are courtesy a CVN-75 website.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

William's 2nd Birthday

We celebrated William's 2nd birthday with him - and also with Ella and Kim and Doug. Here are just a few of the highlights from that joyful weekend ... check out the number of candles on Will's cake! So much fun! Maybe a few were also meant for Grandpa's birthday?

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