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IFOPA Road Trip Day 2

Today we had to stop and take pictures before we could leave the hotel. You can’t spend time with family without a few crazy shots together.

Then we headed out to a yummy breakfast at the Cracker Barrel, we got to drive right by the Vicksburg National Miliary Park which was to be our next stop. Of course before parting ways with the Craig and Sheryl for a few hours we went on a tour of the Park. It is such a neat place with so much history. My sister took a photographic safari out the roof of the Cadillac, we managed to get a lot of great pics. We stopped at the first state memorial which was the Illinois State Memorial, had to get pictures of it since our Mom and her family are from there.

After 3 hours we had only made it through half of the park, we also saw the cemetary and the USS Cairo, but we had to move on because we were expected at a family party in Weaver that evening. We will definitely have to make it a point to go back and finish the park, since all we saw was the union lines and not the confederate side.

Then we started our journey to Weaver, Alabama, we were so excited to get to see all of Craig and Sheryl’s family. On the way there we had to call ahead for a hotel, since the one we had looked at didn’t have a roll in shower. Sometimes traveling is hard for me because a lot of hotels are not really handicapped accessible.

It was s suprise when we rolled into Craigs house. The entire family was waiting outside for us to get there! Craig had constructed a ramp so I could get in the house, so after a round of hugs and handshakes from everyone we rolled up the ramp and started the fun. After a few rounds of drinks and some yummy steaks we took more pictures with all the girls and their families.

Back to the Hilton and off to bed, a new days starts tomorrow!

Adventure to IFOPA 25th Anniversary Symposium Day 1

We decided to make it a fun road trip on our journey to the IFOPA 25th Anniversary Symposium in Orlando, FL. It is hard for me to fly so my wife, sister and myself made the long drive.

We started out Friday afternoon, November 1, our first destination was Vickburg, MS. We made it there in the early evening and met up with my wife’s brother Craig and his wife Sheryl. We stayed at a casino hotel, Diamond Jacks, right on the Mississippi River. We did a lttle gambling with Craig which is always fun even if we don’t win money. ┬áThen we headed to bed for our early start the next morning.

 

Ennis Bluebonnets 2013

 

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Every Spring in Texas the Bluebonnets bloom from March to April. We try to get out there every few years and take a few pictures. Sometimes with Heidi and sometimes without, it depends on how much she really want to go.

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Lori, me and Mark

The crew waiting in the car for another family to use the beautiful spot we found. During the height of the picture taking you have to wait if you want a spot to yourself. We brought Mark with us so he could pick me up off the ground.

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My wife and I being silly!

 

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Me standing in the Bluebonnets

Here are just a few pictures of some horses we found grazing in the pasture full of flowers.

 

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