Friday in Palm Coast

Today we headed to the beach, about 15 minutes from our condo.
The waves were not too big, but Elliot managed to at least get up on the surfboard.
The wind and sun were a factor.
Most of us huddled behind an umbrella, for shelter from the wind.
Some of us dug.
For dinner we went out for pizza in the European Village. We waited over an hour.
After dinner we watched #16 UMBC beat #1 Virginia.

More Palm Coast Fun

The kids have been having fun in the game room.
In the afternoon we went to a state park with a formal garden. It was beautiful.
Erin & Nate watched all the kids tonight so that Susan and I could get out on a date.

Austin -> Arlington

This morning we headed out early for Arlington, TX. Our friends , Sarah & Kevin Walters, live there. Susan volunteered with Sarah in Kentucky and Sarah is the sister of one of our good friends in Des Moines, by coincidence. They also have two kids about our kids age. 

  • On the way north we stopped by “The Silos” or something of the sort. Chip & Joanna. 
  • The Walters met us at our RV park then we headed to a park for a walk. While we were there Rose fill over a low railing and into the lake. She was a little scared, but everyone was OK. 
  • After the park we went to the Walters’ for dinner. I failed to take any pictures – a massive fail! 

Hope & Mary Visit

Ahh, where to begin? Each of the Reagen kids was scheduled to come visit us this year. Cameron came to San Francisco with Erin in October. Ian joined us in Phoenix in January. Hope just wrapped up her visit in Austin. Hope flew out with Aunt Mary. Their trip coincided with a trip that I had scheduled for Cincinnati. They were scheduled to arrive a few hours before I left, but their flight was cancelled and they ended up arriving very late on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. I was gone nearly the whole time they were here. I got back on Saturday afternoon and they left this morning.

Overall, I think everyone had fun. The weather for our week in Austin was maybe the worst weather we have had on the whole trip. It was relatively warm, but very rainy. We like to do things outside and that was definitely a limiting factor.

Dinner at Anna’s

A bonus of our side trip to Carlsbad Caverns is that we got to pass through Pecos, Texas, where my cousin Anna lives. She generously offered to make us dinner. She has 4 girls and combined with our 5 kids it was a lot of kids. It was great to catch up with Anna and meet her girls.

Whites Sands National Monument

Las Cruces is close to White Sands National Monument, a huge dune field made of gypsum, which when it is bright and sunny is nearly as white as snow. Earlier in the week we made plans with Jon and Linda to meet them there after work and then we were going to go back to their place for dinner. Jon was my mentor when I started working at Xavier as a student and Linda worked in the cubicle right next to me. They moved to New Mexico a few years ago, so we don’t cross paths very often. 

It was a good plan, but then I got sick. I ended up skating through work on Thursday and we had already made plans to leave Las Cruces after work on Friday, but we still wanted to see them and the dunes. I was functional enough after work to stumble my way to through the dunes and Jon and Linda met us there to hang out. Afterward we just went back to our respective houses, rather than to theirs. 

Our visit to the dunes was nice. It was a cloudy, rainy day, so the dunes were hard and not as white. It actually made it easier to walk on and the kids still found plenty to do. It was great to see Jon and Linda and I am very glad that I was able to make it and that they were willing to risk exposure. 

Toward the dunes. Photo credit: Andrew
Dunes. Photo credit: Andrew
Burying the little girls.
Kids playing. As the sun was setting the dunes looked just like snow.