Sunday, July 17, 2011

Family Reunion in Tennessee

 Thursday, July 14 we drove to Chatenooga, Tennessee-- a 13-hour drive-- for Dave's family reunion. No one lives there, but it is a central place to meet.  Erika, Tyler and Andrea were with us in our van. We arrived that evening in a huge thunderstorm and had dinner with relatives at their cabin. We stayed in a cabin with Dave's parents, 3 sisters and 2 nieces. It was in a pretty setting and was a charming, rustic cabin with plenty of room. (Click the title for more pics.)

 Friday I went with a group on a lunch cruise down the river.  This is us before boarding.  Dave, Andrea, Erika and Tyler were more daring and went white water rafting.  They had a great time--some falling out, some jumping out.  I'm glad they had fun and were all safe.
 Friday afternoon we also hopped a free bus in Chatenooga and saw where the Chatenooga Choo-Choo was.  This pretty hotel was once the bus station.
 Andrea and cousin Christine had a good time together.
 Friday night was a barbecue in a glass pavillion in a pretty park here.

  (Christine and Erika)  The lights were pretty at night, and it was right on the water. 

Here's Dave with his sisters that night.
Saturday night all 70 or so of us ate at a restaurant in town.  We saw a family slide show and everyone took family pictures.  It was fun to see everyone again.  It's a nice family to belong to!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day trip to the Beach

 We're lucky to live a few hours from the beach.  We had a nice day with Julia and Andrea walking the boardwalk, eating Boardwalk Fries, buying souvenirs and salt-water taffy, flying our kite, and even getting hit by the waves.