Sunday, August 16, 2009

33 and counting

Uncle D & I took off Thursday morning on a weekend getaway for our 33rd wedding anniversary. We headed north and then east and landed in Van Buren, AR that evening. We enjoyed the sights between home and Van Buren, with a few photo ops for Uncle D. We got up early Friday morning 'cause day break, cloudy days and sunset are some of the best times of the day to take pictures. After about an hour of picture taking, we headed back to eat and get ready for the day. We then headed north out of Van Buren on some curvy backroads towards our friend's farm in Missouri. We had some fun when the GPS took us on a rabbit chase down some country dirt roads. Uncle D had some great photo ops during that rabbit chase. We made it to Missouri about 3:45 that afternoon and then went to dinner at Logan's Steakhouse in Springfield for our anniversary celebration.
Saturday morning found us and our friends out in search of some photo ops for Uncle D. Uncle D was trying to get pictures of some Amish out in their buggies but the Amish do not have their pictures taken if they can help it so we were being covert in this activity. It was kinda fun trying to catch these photo ops. He did get a great one of two Amish ladies in their buggy eating McDonald's hamburger and chicken sandwich as they were traveling on the side of the highway. We went by Laura Ingalls Wilder's home place and then to the MO National Cemetery 'cause Uncle D really enjoys taking pictures of old cemeteries and National Cemeteries. After being out about 6 - 6 1/2 hours we headed back to the house to rest and I enjoyed watching "An Affair to Remember". While I was watching the movie, Uncle D and our friends walked to a neighboring farm so that he could take some pictures of an old barn. I'm glad I didn't go 'cause Uncle D climbed up in the barn loft and I'm sure I would have strongly discouraged him in that quest. He did get some good pictures of the barn.
We headed home today and stopped in Tulsa to have lunch with my nephew and his wife. It was a great visit and then we headed the rest of the way home. We are back to work tomorrow and this was my last vacation days until the end of October or maybe the end of November. It was a great time with friends and family.

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