Left on Wednesday for Courter Reunion 2012. Scattered rain throughout the trip, nothing bad. Aliene, Kali and Katherine. After initial qualms decided to drive our car with over 100,000 miles (which we trust all the same!) instead of a rental vehicle.
Overall trip went fine, one delay. Stopped at RubyTuesday’s in Russellville Arkansas, where I had my usual meat loaf with garden bar and snap peas. Longer wait than usual. As I mentioned, Ruby Tuesday has my 3rd favorite meat loaf, with the # ! being Aliene’s and # 2 being Crackerbarrel.
Arrived at our favorite hotel, Hampton Inn at Exit 55 in Clarksville too late to swim. They have a wonderful swimming pool here. They left some peanut butter cookies (my favorite) in the room and I break my eating plan (no cookies usually) for these! They are wonderful. (We stay here a lot on our way back and forth from Oklahoma City. I highly recommend it if you are ever in the area.
Thursday, July 12, 2012: Woke up at 3:06 a.m., didn’t want to get up too early since driving through to Topeka. Got up at 4:06 a.m. and worked, responded to e-mails etc.
Breakfast at Hampton Inn, headed for OKC to pick up Angela. Stopped at the Oklahoma Welcome Center (as normal), the “Fiesta Convenience Store” at exit 278 and the Love’s at exit 200.
Got to OKC early, went to Penn Square (Where Kali and Katherine shopped at Justice), lunch at Jimmy’s Egg (where I used the last of a gift card I received for Christmas). Aliene to hair appt.
Angela’s car is having transmission problems, so picked her up at transmission shop
On to Topeka in a crowded car!. Gas at the Loves at 122th Street and then on to Topeka with only one stop at the New Haven Turnpike spot. On the turnpike, averaged 80 mph with light traffic, so a good trip!
Arrived at Topeka around 8:20 p.m., happened to drive in right behind Kim and Jerry (my Brother in Laws) and met Rebecca (my niece) and Margaret (sister) as they were getting out of their car!. Shortly after, met Eleanor (sister) and Rebecca’s dogs!
Settled into room, Target for water etc.
Friday, July 13, 2012:
Up at 3:36 a.m., worked on e-mail etc. Clubhouse Inn, Topeka, Kansas # 108
Pavilion, around 6 a.m., Eleanor there. Jerry joined, then Rebecca, Kim, etc.
Breakfast, Clubhouse Inn
Rain most of morning, visited etc.
West Ridge Mall, lunch at Chick-Fil-a (Cow, got free entree for wearing hat). Aliene, Angela and girls shopped at Justice etc.
Swim with Katherine.
Visited, Supper at On the Border
Visited at hotel with Aliene, Margaret, Eleanor, Barbara, Mary Ann, Mary Lou, John etc.
Saturday, July 14, 2012:
Up at 4:01 a.m., worked, checked e-mail etc. Joined the early morning crowd on the Pavilion and visited. Ate breakfast at hotel. Pavilion Crowd included, Eleanor, Jerry, John, Rebecca, Margaret.
Visited most of morning as Kenneth, Aunt Eleanor, Chuck and Le Ann arrived. Lunch at Chipolta. (sp). Surprised that they are glutton free. Excellent food.
Visited afternoon. Saturday night supper at Cieras (sp) Italian.
Sunday, July 15, 2012:
Early morning crew at Pavilion again. Jerry, Eleanor, Margaret, John, etc. Breakfast, hotel.
Visited, then lunch at Cracker Barrel. Actually had some of the chicken which was excellent.
Courter Reunion pictures and meeting etc.
Holton (Soldier cemetery) with Eleanor and Aliene. Snack at Trails Inn. Always amazed at how active the little town of Soldier is and how they maintain their park and cemetery.
Supper at Chipolta. Swim with Kali and Katherine, then visit around pavilion.
Worked, caught up on some paperwork, ready to return to the real world!
Monday, July 16, 2012:
Clubhouse Inn. Up early, breakfast, pack and say goodbye’s to the persons left.
Drive down Kansas Turnpike (I-35) went well, light traffic. Stopped in Guthrie for gas, girls wanted to eat at Arby’s, so I tried a salad. Not bad.
Returned Angela and girls safely, headed for Exit 55. Stopped in Alma, Arkansas for “last supper” at Braums (I even had a medium strawberry shake!)
Arrived at exit 55 (Hampton Inn, Clarksville, Arkansas). Went swimming in their wonderful pool. Upgraded to room with whirlpool, which is nice.
Up at 3:30 am., headed for Lakeland
Arrived in Lakeland, ate breakfast, headed for office.
Courter Reunion 2012 is over.
The Courter Reunion is always kind of a yardstick for me, I think since it is so close to my birthday and it is the start of the end of Summer. I have actually attended (I believe) continuously since 1988.
It was a nice reunion. I like the laid back atmosphere where you can sit and talk with one (or more) persons for a long period of time, take a break etc. It is always somewhat of a bittersweet feeling, since you know you probably won’t see most of them (or any) for a year.
I’ll add some pictures.