Sunday, August 19, 2012

the rest of the vacation posts all rolled into one

 - Really?  That's Devil's Tower?  How odd.  Why are there 18 bazillion motorbikes here?  Why does that grizzled old man have a teddy bear on his bike, and will he kill me if I take a picture of it?  Wow, it's hot here.  Oh hang on, yes, by all means go take pictures of Devil's Tower, dear, I have a grainy one on my phone that I'll post on facebook later.  Facebook needs more grainy photos.  My lungs appear to have decided this air is too hot to breathe.  I'll just stay in this airconditionned vehicle right here.  You knock yourself out, honey.

- Wall Drug.  All started with a sign advertising "Free Ice Water", almost 100 years ago.  Okay maybe only 80.  Math and I nod at each other condescendingly, and not that often.

- Mt Rushmore.  I'm not American.  I don't - why?  Why blast a mountain so that it looks - and wow, is it hot here.  I can't breathe.  Also - did all the bikers in the world suddenly decide they needed to be here today?

- Ohhhhhhhhhhh.  The Sturgis Bike Rally.  It's very noisy, this bike rally.

Road signs that cracked me up.

"XYZ campground!  We have over 300 shade trees!!"

"Come and see our (insert giant mesh and plaster creation)  Biggest in the world!!" Canada does this too.  Why?  What is it with the North American obsession with making giant replicas of things for people to drive by and take pictures of?  Is it the small town version of Free ICe Water?  While you're here looking at our giant Easter Egg, or Canada goose, or rocking chair, or big fish, buy some ice cream!  have a meal!  etc!

- Mall of America.  A was giddy with delight.

Sneak attraction of the trip - Action City, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Some of us drove GoKarts for 8 hours straight, some of us held the Stuff and knit.  All of us were content.

- teeny Baptist church in a tiny Wisconsin town.  We didn't realize the door was a time portal, that took us right back to the small churches we grew up in - Sunday School at 10, church at 11, order of service?  two hymns, the birthday song, a special number, the offering, another special number, the message, a closing hymn.  Wooden pews, and even an old codger in the corner shouting Amen! at random intervals.  And we'll see you for prayer meeting on Wednesday night!

Highlights - hearing the kids laughing together, and a fantastic family night on Dwight and Lorna's big veranda on Friday night.  And a nice breakfast with a sister in law I don't get enough one-on-one time with.

And now we're home.


Heather Plett said...

I love you too.

Marcia said...

Welcome back. Sounds like a good time was had by all. :)