Debra Wood and her sister Barbara Cockrum recently returned from a 7 1/2-day, 3,800-mile, 11-state trip. First on their trek was traveling through Oklahoma on their way to Kansas, with its fields of wheat and hundreds of huge windmills, and Nebraska with wheat fields as well, a Pony Express station, and “of all things,” sand dunes! When they reached South Dakota they stayed two days in Rapid City, where they visited the night lighting of Mount Rushmore, wildlife in Custer Park, Crazy Horse Memorial and the presidential statues in downtown Rapid City. They proceeded to North Dakota and its barren desert land but didn't stay long before they headed through Montana en route to Wyoming and Yellowstone. In Yellowstone they viewed the many springs and geysers, including the eruption of Old Faithful. They spotted numerous wildlife, such as a baby bear in the trees, which Debra got out of the car to get a close-up photograph of. Next were the elk lying beside a creek, where Debra climbed over fallen trees to get the perfect picture. Last of the wildlife was the herd of buffalo in a pasture. Seeing animals in their natural habitat was a beautiful sight. At the end of the day the two headed for Idaho, where fields of potatoes were being irrigated.
On the 4th of July, they visited the Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints temple and tabernacle in Salt Lake City and passed by the Salt Palace where the Utah Jazz basketball team plays. Heading out of Utah they were back to barren desert land with red rocks. Passing into Arizona, they traveled on the Navajo Indian reservation late one evening, through a dust storm with rain and wind blowing. They were not sure where they would spend the night, so they called ahead to a Holiday Inn on the reservation. They admit to being skeptical about what the place would be like “since the land was so barren and the homes of the Indians were so poor.” Much to their surprise the motel was “like an oasis in a desert land.” They report that it was a wonderful place with extremely nice people running it. In fact, the manager kept the restaurant open so that the two could have a late meal.
After a good night's rest, the travelers were up and ready to head on to Texas. Before reaching their destination they stopped in Albuquerque, N.M., and shopped at "Old Town," which they had visited 15 years earlier with their mother. After many miles of driving, the two sisters arrived back in Texas without any arguments and not one single mishap. They say, “As the words of the song 'America the Beautiful' state, America is truly a beautiful place to see and live in.” I'm sure that is the sentiment of most Americans.
The descendants of A.C. and Fannie Vaughn will be gathering for a family reunion on Sunday, J uly 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Hopkins School cafeteria, with a pot-luck lunch around 1 p.m. If you have any connections to this family, please pass the word.
The Durst family had a busy weekend. Donna reports, "We had quite a lot of storm damage from the 'twister' that came through on Sunday the 8th. Our carport did a major dance on and around our truck and car, then it decided to crash into our garage, take off our back porch roof, damage the house roof, take out the barbed wire fence, then land in our pasture. We are slowly getting the repairs done. Our friends from Sachse, Kennith and Vicki King, spent the weekend with us to help with the repairs. Kyle, Amy, Cooper and Kenzie came from Oklahoma so Kyle could lend a hand. Casey, Tiffany, Joseph and Balin came over. Casey labored out in the pasture gathering and 'squashing' the torn up carport. All the women had a great time playing with the kids. The storm was pretty frightening, but we are so thankful no one was hurt. All our animals made it through the storm without any problems. The 'twister' jumped over to Casey and Tiffany's house, damaging the kids' wooden swing set, tried to uproot a tree, then skipped over to Mary Rawson's barn, taking out an outer wall and part of the roof.”
Cassie and Matt Clayton came to visit Sandra Wester Friday night. Patti Wiebold visited after she arrived home from work. Saturday morning Cassie, Sandra and Patti attended the “bling” sale at the Tira Community Center, and Matt visited with Tommy Wiebold. Tommy cooked hamburgers for everyone for lunch. Saturday afternoon Sandra, Cassie and Matt went over to the Charleston area to see where Cassie's grandmother had lived when Cassie was a little girl. After the storm came through Saturday evening, Sandra, Cassie, Matt, Patti and Tommy went to Sulphur Springs to have dinner at the Twisted S restaurant. Sandra, Cassie and Matt enjoyed a late breakfast Sunday morning, and Patti visited Sunday afternoon before Matt and Cassie returned to Mesquite. Sandra says, “It was a great weekend filled with laughter.”
Chip and I took a long weekend trip to Colorado in celebration of our wedding anniversary. We flew to Denver on Thursday morning and then went to Pike's Peak, Garden of the Gods and Royal Gorge. After enjoying the beautiful scenery, we drove to Steamboat Springs, where we stayed until Saturday. On Friday, we went to Fish Creek Falls, and then after lunch, we rode the gondola up to the top of Mount Werner. After leaving Steamboat Springs, we drove through Rocky Mountain National Park, where we saw snow on some of the mountains. We stopped in Estes Park and enjoyed the pleasant temperature and a stroll on the river walk, and then drove back to Denver. That night we celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Red Lobster. We arrived back in Dallas close to noon on Sunday and enjoyed lunch at Chili's before driving back to Tira that afternoon. On the way home we stopped by Charlie and Susan Vaughn's house for a party in honor of the first birthday of Dallas Davidson, son of Landon and Amie (Vaughn) Davidson.
Malcolm, Tiffany, Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin were at Camp Allen in Navasota on Saturday for Morgan Joslin's graduation from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Glider Academy, which he attended at the Soaring Club of Houston near Waller, from July 8-14. During the week, Morgan enjoyed ei glider flights and completed his ground school, where he learned about the principles of flight. The cadets were also treated to a visit to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Morgan's family drove to Conroe on Friday night and spent the night at the Piney Shores Resort. After the CAP ceremony on Saturday morning, they went back to the resort, where they enjoyed the amenities. On Sunday morning, they enjoyed breakfast at McDonald's on Lake Conroe, where they also fed ducks from the dock. Later that day, they went to Sour Lake and visited Brianna and Dixie Cartwright and their family.
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