My sister Laura texted me this picture from the Grand Canyon Sunday morning as we were driving home from our first spring visit to the Camp, our cabin in Estill Springs, Tennessee. Laura, Stewart and Grace were visiting Arizona, where Stewart has been doing contract work, while we were creekside.
Grace and La
The obligatory lone cactus
Grace enjoys a smoothie after enduring a wasp attack. Yikes!
UPDATE: Laura sent me a couple more pictures.
Grace acquired a cool ranger hat after completing a junior ranger program. They even swore her in!
Here are a few family snapshots I've taken this spring. As you can see, we are enjoying our refurbished deck out back. Grams bought us a couple of these reclining lawn chairs, and everyone seems to like them. Leslie got comfortable on this particular afternoon.
The umbrella is a nice addition, although you have to be careful with it on a windy day. Sherry wanted the metal flowers, and I bought them for her for Christmas, so they stayed downstairs for several months before she could enjoy them.
Sarah and Grace opted for the X-Box while the adults were talking on the deck.
We're going way back to the mid-1950's for today's Throwback Thursday picture, my dad, Phillip Ellis Ogle, in one of his yearbooks from Franklin County High School. He was in his junior year, 1954, and he turned 17 that August.
We went out to Rutherford Farms on Saturday to pick strawberries, which they had in great abundance. Our plan was to pick enough to can a dozen pints of preserves, with some extra berries to snack on.
As one would expect, the rows of strawberry plants were very muddy. I wore work boots, but everyone else went barefoot, which in retrospect was a better plan.
Muddy pickers feet
Joey and his girlfriend Abby were in town, passing through to spend a couple of nights up at Laura and Stewart's Buckberry Creek Chalet in Gatlinburg. They got in Friday around 1:00 p.m., and helped us with picking and processing duties until late Saturday afternoon.
We had nice weather, so most of the strawberry processing took place on the deck and under the umbrella. Sarah's friend Catarina came over, so we had six people working on the project, and it went pretty quick.
While Sarah was off on her adventure in New York City, I made a road trip a little closer to home to the spring clerks conference at the Chattanooga Marriott and Convention Center. This is a view from one of the elevators.
This is the view looking out my room with Lookout Mountain in the distance. As you can see, the convention center is pretty big.
On May 16, 1771, colonial militia in North Carolina fought the Battle of Alamance against the British government, largely over taxes and local control. It is regarded as a prelude to the American Revolution, but should also be seen in connection with a political division between coastal elites and more rugged types moving into the western areas.
Here's another installment of photographs taken by the teachers who chaperoned the school trip to New York that Sarah was on this week. This one is inside Grand Central Station. Sarah had two disposable cameras with 27 pictures on each. When those are developed I may post some of her photographs.
One cannot go to New York City and not have pizza, so they checked off that box at Mama Sbarro's on Times Square.
Sarah strikes a diplomatic pose outside the United Nations headquarters.
A group of schoolmates pose outside Rockerfeller Center. They also toured the NBC studios while they were there.
As part of their very busy second day, they toured the American Museum of Natural History, and saw lots of dinosaur skeletons.
They ended their touring with an evening trip to the Empire State Building, where they watched the sun go down.
They were treated to a spectacular sunset over the Hudson River.
Sarah has been on a grand adventure this week to New York City on a school leadership trip. It was her first trip out of town without her parents, but we all survived the experience. This was taken on a Hudson River cruise they took Tuesday.
Here's a closer view of Lady Liberty.
One World Trade Center
Alexander Hamilton's grave in the Trinity Church cemetery
George Washington was sworn in here as the first President of the United States of America. New York was our first Capitol city.
Their last event on Tuesday was The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Not a bad first day of touring the Big Apple.
My friend Tom, usually called Brush, came to East Tennessee from North Carolina a couple of weekends ago, and we met him up at Laura and Stewart's Cozy Creek Cabin in Gatlinburg for the weekend.
Terry and his son Tommy came up as well, so it was a two Tom weekend. Sherry brought the kids up on Saturday, and they enjoyed some sunshine in the front yard before going into town to walk the Parkway in Gatlinburg.
Sarah wanted her picture taken inside this monstrous tree that is taking over the driveway up there. I really should have taken more than three pictures that weekend, but frankly I was enjoying hanging out with my friends so much I really didn't think about it much, which is a good thing.