Our November Trip: 2011
After Bobbie and I returned from Florida, we stayed home for two weeks so we could vote. Then we were off on another sojourn that took us to West Virginia, Indiana, and finally Missouri. We first went to West Virginia and had a pleasant mid week visit with Bobbie's mother and sisters. Then we took off for Indianapolis to see the O'Leary's - we were there Thursday, Friday, and left Saturday morning for Jefferson City, MO. We were there over night and then proceeded to Lee's Summit to see Mom and George as well as Doug and Sue. Because of my broken ankle in May we missed Kaitlin's Graduation from highschool and Mark and Meridith's Wedding. So, of course, we wanted to see everyone we missed last summer but our primary purpose was to visit Mom and George and be able to spend some time with them. We stayed there five days and returned home via Fort Wayne to see Michael.
Friday night Maureen was performing in a Community Theater production of Chronicles of Yarnia which was a spoof of Chronicles of Narnia set to 80's and 90's rap music. Maureen was a leopard.
Saturday we got to Jeff City and went out to dinner with Dave and Janie as well as Mark and Meridith. We went back to our hotel for dessert and to look at wedding pictures. Mark and Meridith put together a very nice mini-album for us since we had missed the wedding. We went to church with Dave and Janie Sunday morning and then we all went to nearby Columbia, MO to have lunch with Scott and Leann.
The Pater Familias
(Dave and Janie)
Bobbie and I then left for Lee's Summit arriving late afternoon. The Kansas City area family gathered at our hotel for a Pizza Dinner.
Bobbie did a little investigating of Lee's Summit 19th Century Past and she discovered that Cole Younger of the Post Civil War James-Younger outlaw gang was buried in Lee's Summit Community Cemetary.
After a day of rest, we went to the Frontier Trails Museum in Independence, MO. with mother. Everyone else had other obligations. George's was to rest at home.
I think we tired mother out and she stayed home when Bobbie, Douglas, and I went to the National World War I Museum which is located in Kansas City which I did not know. What a wonderful resource for both teachers and students.
Something a little more contemporary - when we arrived at the museum, we discovered that the 'Occupy Movement Kansas City' was camped out on the museum grounds. Bobbie of course had to have pictures.
The car horns from impatient drivers forced us to move on as we saw a news crew interviewing participants.
The National World War I Museum
World War I National Museum
Bruce and Douglas
Bobbie and the Kaiser
Douglas has been transported somewhere * ? *
We went to the Midwest in early Nonember so we could be back in Virginia for Thanksgiving. Yet, we had one more stop to make. My friend Michael who came and spent a month with us after I was discharged from the Rehab Hospital at the end of May was in Fort Wayne, IN caring for his mother recovering from a recent stroke.
There was also a nostalgic element to it as well. I lived there from the time I was in the 6th grade through my graduation from highschool in 1968. Michael and I met in 1965 our sophomore year in high school, so we have known each other for a few years.
This was the Johnson Family Home from 1961 - 1969
Fort Wayne is now the home of a Farm Team for the San Diego Padres
Fort Wayne TinCaps Homepage
Park View Field is on Jefferson just a block down from The Historic Embassy Theater
Down Town Fort Wayne is greatly changed from the one I knew. Patterson Fletcher where I worked all through high school as well as any other Department Store has disappeared in the wake of the Modern Day Mall. It has had a face lift and is attractive (I guess) but not the city I knew so many years ago.
Reconstruction of Old Fort Wayne
Formerly Club Olympia
With a History of Racial Discrimination in the 1960's
The Destiny Dome at Cathedral of Praise Ministries & Church International : Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Destiny Dome at Cathedral of Praise
This was our last evening in Fort Wayne and we hadn't been to Hall's yet.
Hall's was a local 60's era Drive-In Restaurant when I was in high school.
It appears that their patrons are the same as they were 40 + years ago.
Our Friend Michael
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