To go by - unicycle? cardboard boat? kayak? camry!

Trip Start Aug 31, 2010
Trip End Jan 04, 2011

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

On Friday, Darrell finally got to meet his brother-in-law, Mike, for the first time. (We think that every other time we've visited the U.S. Mike's been secretly hiding in the cellar, to avoid us.) In honour of this momentous occasion, Rachael decided to give Beanie a bath. We got the impression that this wasn't one of Beanie's favourite things to do, but it was hilarious watching him do laps around the dining room table afterwards, to get dry.

The next day we got up to discover that the temperature had finally come down to levels that were compatible with human life. We went to pick up our rental car and got a free upgrade to a snazzy Toyota Camry with all kinds of electronic gadgets and a fab stereo system – cool!

Sinnet and Mike gave us a good sendoff – Mike riding up and down the road on his unicycle (some sort of strange American custom, I guess) – and we were on our way to Chester, Maryland to Amanda's dad's house.

On Sunday we went over to the beach at Evan and Christine's community to watch our first ever cardboard boat race (believe it folks, we've got the photographic evidence).  Unfortunately,  Evan and Keller's boat sank within 3 seconds, but it was all good fun.

Evan and Christine invited us back for a meal that evening. Christine apologised that she didn't have anything in to feed us with, and then rustled up the most amazing fajitas with steak, shrimp, guacamole and all the trimmings! We drank beer and stuffed our faces, and a good time was had by all.

On Monday (which was the first day back at school for Amanda's Lady Manners colleagues – commiserations!) we went kayaking on Crab Alley Creek. The sun was shining, a soft breeze was ruffling the water – we felt much more relaxed than we used to on a Monday morning!

So now it's Tuesday evening and we're about to cook risotto with roasted vegetables for Ray, Amanda's dad, a new taste sensation for him. We're pretty much packed up and ready to set off for West Virginia tomorrow – the first step on our independent adventures. New River Gorge, here we come!
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Brenda on

What a wonderful time you are having! I'm pleased the weather has cooled down for you. The pictures are lovely, so pleased you set me up with all this. It's lovely to keep track of you.
What a gorgeous car you have! Enjoy it.
Much love Mum XXXX

Caroline Small on

Pleased to hear that my risotto recipe has crossed the Atlantic. I hope I was fully and correctly credited...

Good to see you both looking so relaxed and happy. Very jealous of the weather you're having - but it's a beautiful autumn day here in Buxton, the blackbirds are gorging themselves on the rowan tree outside my window and last night we ate our own home-grown courgettes - so it's not all bad!

Lots and lots of love,

Caroline and Graham xxx

Lyn on

oh how jealous am I?! Can you please add a miserable homesick photo so I dont want to scratch your eyes out!
Just in case you are missing the world of education let me tell you what my new job has got me doing tomorrow.lesson 1 change school lesson 2 change school during break lesson 3 change school lesson 4 change school during lunch lesson 5 change school for registration and then change school for meeting after school.
I would swear but dont want to offend your Mum!
Sending snogs (from John obviously)
Lyn x (1 stone less I'll have you know!)

Helen on

Did you take the Yellowtail Shiraz with you? !!!

Brenda on

Lovely to read Lyn's comment. Tell her I woudn't be offended if she swore! I know the feeling!! It was lovely to meet her Love MumXXXX

Helen F on

Glad to see you're playing the music machines & getting in kayaks

love H & Pete

Lizzi on

Sounds like you are having a great time - with so much more to look forward to!
Having done Pen-y-gent at the Lizzi-Allen 50th birthday gathering, James and I did Ingleborough about a year ago and finally completed the famous 3 peaks walk by doing Great Whernside today. It took us 1 year and 9 months - most of the people in the Station Inn at Ribbleshead were comparing times of around 10 hours!

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