Linda’s plane to
wait – so is the plane to
Still a tight connection – Linda running “miles” in the airport to make it
Cathy the driver (wasn’t she good?)
Linda the navigator (also excellent)
Mom – the back seat, contributes to the chit chat
Effingham and the Corvette
show (no..this wasn’t our
Effingham and the motel:
inspection and lifting up the mat in the bathtub (this involved some screeching
and rapid backing up by Linda and mom)
Decision: let’s just say we took quick
showers with a towel to cover up the mat
Playing Polish Poker with the
Initially in a dither: What do we wear?
What do we do? Do we have to sing? What if we have to open the Bible to a
all was wonderful and the pastor was funny and told a joke: A lady was widowed 4 times: First husband was a banker, second managed a
theatre, third was a pastor and 4th was an
undertaker. Yes, you guessed it: One for the money, two for the show, three to
get ready and four to go!
Driving to and from provided
by Ray Shuler at age 96!
was good and kept at or above the speed limit at all times
A couple of meals in
Effingham (always an important aspect of the trip) were at the Cracker Barrel –
lots of great food with a gift shop included.
See the Shulers
in all of their church finery…..
Lavange playing the piano
scoring big at the feeding stations inside
standing around the wrong silver car outside wondering why the clicker wouldn’t
open the car door
The spider incident – part one: at the Costco gas station in
initial screech by Cathy as a black furry spider scurried out from the gas cap
compartment and made a beeline to mom’s door crack
- she goes to the front door to inform Linda of the situation
- all are concerned about the possibility of the spider
gaining access to the interior of the car and of course all of us hate spiders
Linda is getting out of the car and Cathy with her adrenaline in high gear
jumps with her arms up and screeches when the gas line clicks off (and this of
course leads to a screech from Linda and a small screech from mom inside the
Cathy finishes the gas chore (we certainly don’t want to peal out with the gas
nozzle in the tank).
Now it is time to deal with this spider – Linda opens the back door, sees the
spider scurry around (leading to more screeches) and then slams the door hard
intending to kill it of course.
this time we are attracting a lot of attention from the other customers at the
gas station with one man stretching his head around to see what was going on.
Linda opens the door slowly to confirm the spider is dead but it comes
scurrying out leading to a series of screeches, a scramble to the car and
peeling out of the gas station hopefully leaving the troublesome spider behind.
laughed so hard Cathy could not possibly drive and stayed in the parking lot to
Once we recovered we headed
(thank you Carol Ann!)
Arrival at the
- yes, you guessed it…..we had a hitchhiker
- the spider presented itself again when we got out of the car
(probably from mom’s door crack?)
- it was black with some fur and it certainly appeared to be
the identical spider we thought we had left behind over 24 hours ago
- the spider scurried all around the outside trunk area as
Linda repeatedly tried to knock it off and kill it with her plastic soda bottle
- of course there was a lot of excited screeching involved
- this attracted the motel lady who was apparently viewing all
of the commotion and she came out armed with a fly swatter
- the spider dropped off of the car (FINALLY) leading to some
shouting: STEP ON IT! KILL IT!
- and yes, the spider story finally is finished
- a evening walk along the river with a beautiful sunset and a
deer sighting (doe and a couple of fawns)
- a great visit with Aunt Kathy and Uncle Ron – lots of fun!
- dinner at the casino and a session at the slot machines (no
winners in our group!)
Us with Aunt Kathy and Uncle
Ron outside their home
Stinkbugs organizing their suitcases
The zipper incident
Dinner at Applebees
the night before flying out of
A great trip with lots of
laughter!!! We’ll have more “girl’s
trips” in the future to report….