The last day of our vacation. We woke up early in KC and spent some time before heading home to St. Louis. But not before having fun at the house.
Of interest to me, we passed 222,222 miles on the odometer during this trip.
And when we pulled into the driveway, we ended with 4,758.6 miles driven. It was good to be home.
Hannah came in for a few days during her spring break to hang out with us. Here are some highlights of her visit.
Danelle picked her up from the Amtrak bus (as the tracks were flooded out). From there, they went straight downtown to get photos.
With pictures and food out of the way, there was no time to waste, they were off to a St. Louis Blues game!
Kelly, Hannah, and Danelle at the game.
Hannah and Danelle getting ready!
Danelle and Kelly. Dinner and drinks before the game.
The next day, Hannah, Danelle, and I went out to Venice Cafe for drinks before going to Frazer’s for dinner. The ladies loved Venice Cafe.
After our fancy dinner, we all went home satisfied. Of course, this is a weekend with Hannah, so there was more fun to be had! We also took her to the Mauhaus Cat Cafe to see more cats.
It never seems to be enough time, but it was better than none. We’re looking forward to the next visit already!
We made it to KC to see my family. Its always a madhouse as there are numerous things going on, but that keeps it all very interesting. Starting off with the least Christmas thing of all, Henry’s car.
Its looking good with the motor back in the engine bay. I’m not sure how he will see around the supercharger, but that is a problem for another day. Maybe it’ll get running in 2019!
Here is dad at Uncle Jerry’s annual holiday party. Like a fool, I never get enough photos, so this is all I have from that party. Part of it is that its full of catching up with family, I’m often too busy to take out my phone.
Back at my parents, they got Hannah a intro violin. She seemed excited to play it. Sonora showed her what its capable of, but I’m not expecting to see her playing in a band any time soon.
Mom is hanging out in the middle enjoying all of the happiness around us!
Here I am hanging out with Dad. I’m not sure if my double neck or my hair is worse… Maybe I should fix them both!
You often hear about mom’s secret recipe. Something about cooking with love, but your food never tastes the same. Turns out, i may have found that secret. See what seems out of place for yourself…
There is a Chiefs game today, so Dad and I dressed up in our jerseys to show our support. Mom also dressed up, but not for the Chiefs. We all have a good time with this!
Hannah likes the St.Louis Blues and wants to see them in person. So we got tickets so she could see a game in person. As an added bonus, my mom came in town with her. I wasn’t going to let mom miss a good time, so we had lots of parallel plans to keep us busy!
Hannah and Danelle
Left to Right: Danelle, Hannah, Laura Berlin
Danelle had some things to do, so we took a side trip to Grafton, IL twice. There was an event, something like Tugboat Days going on. So there was a river tug available for tours. We went up Saturday and found out the tickets had sold out. Not one to let something that get me down, we took a minor tour of Pere Marquette State Park and the fantastic views it offered.
It was decided that we would go back early Sunday morning and see the tug before mom went home. So the next day, we took the ferry out to look at the tug.
And because it was Sunday, we all got the tour. Here are some photos of a tugboat.
One of the twin 16 cylinder engines.
Twin generators always on for power.
A few spare parts.
From the pilot house looking back.
Looking from an upper deck down to the front
Wires used to tie the barges together.
Selfie of our group
The boat we’re about to tour
From the tour, it sounds like life as a deckhand is mostly about scraping paint and re-painting all day. Maybe I don’t want that job 🙂