2005 John Steve's Birthday

Here are some pictures we took on our way to John Steve's Birthday Party.
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Mary Vann & John
and
Evelyn & Zach's
Road Trip

Wednesday -------- Raleigh To Ashville: A walk around downtown Asheville
Wednesday Night -- Dinner at The Mela Restaurant
Thursday --------- Breakfast with Anna and driving from Asheville to Forest City AR)
Friday ----------- Forest City to Edmond and a Birthday Party!
Saturday Morning - A morning walk, A catch and release, and a horse show.
Saturday Night --- A neat gift, Dinner at the museum, Drinks at Nonna's
Sunday ----------- A trip to downtown Oklahoma City.
Monday ----------- Edmond To Memphis.
Tuesday ---------- Nashville to Raleigh (And lunch with Anna)
Ginny's Pics ----- Here are some pictures Ginny took.

 

 


Wednesday (Driving From Raleigh To Asheville)
Walking Around Downtown Asheville,
And Drinks At The Bier Garten with Anna

Here we are in Ashville.  We spent the night at a nice Ramada Inn on the Smoky Mountain Park Highway just down the street from Anna's house. Click For Larger Picture
Mary Vann, Anna and Evelyn.
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John and Zach
(That's a local Oatmeal Stout I have there)
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A very cool Yamaha Vino
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Mary Vann, Anna, and Evelyn at The Beer Garden
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John and Zach at The Beer Garden
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Another view of the Yahama Vino
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Cool Wheels
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Looking West On Patton Avenue
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You Can Not See The Mountains Very Well But They Are There And Beautiful.
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I think I would have needed a telephoto lens to do justice to this view.


Wednesday Night Dinner At The Mela Restaurant

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Mary Vann at the Mela
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John
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Evelyn
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A view toward the bar
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Evelyn and Mary Vann
This was a wonderful Indian restaurant.
The food was very good (and very spicy).

And we had the most fantastic waitress.


Thursday
Breakfast With Anna
And
(Driving From Asheville to Forest City AR)

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Yahama Vino (Frost on the pumpkin, the scooter seat.)
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Western NC Colors (at a rest stop)
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John and Mary Vann At Sunset
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Sunset
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Sunset
The drive from Asheville was a long one and we arrived in Forest City about sunset.


Friday
(Driving From Forest City AR to Edmond OK)
A Birthday Party

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Red Sky In The Morning (well pink)
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John & Mary Vann (breakfast)
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John Steve (Sol reading calendar)
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Ginny and Evelyn
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Ginny Evelyn and Sarah
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Jane, Mary, Evelyn, John
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Jane, Mary, Evelyn, John
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Jane, Mary, Evelyn, John
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Sol & Jane, John & Mary Vann, Evelyn & Zach, John Steve & Mary Nelson
 
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Beautiful Cousins
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Sarah & Ginny
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John's New Cane

Steve's Speech
(An Abbreviated Version).

A Rousing Rendition
of Happy Birthday.


Saturday (A Morning Walk, A Catch and Release, And A Horse Show).

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Evelyn Ginny John & Sam
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Evelyn Ginny John & Sam
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The Latest Addition to John's Squirrel Catch and Release Program
(The Catch)

The Release
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The World Quarter Horse Competition
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John, Mary Nelson, Jane, Evelyn, Mary Vann and John
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Zach
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The Judges
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Trail Ride Horse & Rider

Saturday Night (A neat gift, Dinner at the museum, Drinks at Nonna's)

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Luna & Venus
(The Crescent and the Star)
Actually two crescents and one a moon and one a planet, but it is very hard to resolve the crescent of Venus and it does look like a star.

John Opening Evelyn's Present
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Evelyn's Present
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John With Evelyn's Present
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Glass Sculpture
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Glass Sculpture
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Glass Sculpture
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Glass Sculpture
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Glass Sculpture
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Glass Sculpture
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Glass Sculpture
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Glass Sculpture (Waterford Chrystal)
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Glass Sculpture (Waterford Chrystal)
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Dinner At The Museum
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Dinner At The Museum
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Dinner At The Museum
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Dinner At The Museum (Birthday Dessert)
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Dinner At The Museum (Birthday Dessert)
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Dinner At The Museum
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Drinks at Nonna's
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Drinks at Nonna's
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Drinks at Nonna's
(That's a tall glass of water and a single malt Scotch I have there.)
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Drinks at Nonna's.
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Drinks at Nonna's
(The Heater)
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Founder's Light
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Founder's Light
An excellent day, super food at the Museum Cafe. 

And an evening tour of downtown Oklahoma City.


Sunday A Trip To
Downtown Oklahoma City

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Sarah, Steve, Ginny
at The Bricktown Brewery
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Mary Nelson, Evelyn, Sarah
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John Steve, Mary Vann, John E
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Jane, and Sol
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The Crew by the canal.
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The Crew by the Canal
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On the steps.
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Cool Light Sconce
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Excellent Sculpture
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Excellent Sculpture
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Excellent Sculpture
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UPS Buffalo
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Beauties and the Buffalo
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Mickie
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At The Ballpark
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Land Rush
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Land Rush
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Land Rush
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Canal Boat
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Ginny and Evelyn
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Ginny and Zach
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Evelyn, Sarah, Ginny Chilling Out
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Evelyn, Sarah, Ginny Chilling Out
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Sol and John Steve Chilling Out
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La Chiminea
What a wonderful trip. 
We had a excellent steak supper on Sunday night and all went to bed by 10PM and set the alarm clocks for 4AM. 
The alarms went off on time we all did "Heave-Out-Trice-Up" and were on the road by 4:41AM with large travel cups of coffee. 
We headed down I35 to I44 then WEST on I44 to the airport where we dropped Ginny off.  Then on down I44 WEST to I240 EAST. 
We gassed up the car and had some McDonald's biscuits and were off to Memphis.


Monday Heading For Memphis

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Dawn somewhere east of Edmond
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Dawn somewhere east of Edmond
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Sunrise somewhere east of Edmond
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A rest stop in Arkansas
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A rest stop in Arkansas
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Mary Vann's Appliqué Quilt Square
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The I40 bridge over the Mississippi
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Memphis skyline.
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The Mississippi river (looking north)
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Memphis TN (or Memphis Egypt?)
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John at supper at I-Alexander's Restaurant.
We had a good trip on Monday.

An early start with a swing by the airport.
 
We were on the road for a bit over 12 hours and were rolling for a bit over 10 hours but we will get an early start tomorrow for NC and hopefully get to Raleigh at a reasonable time.


Tuesday Heading For North Carolina

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Sunrise In Memphis
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Sunrise In Memphis
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John and Mary Vann at a beautiful welcome center in Western NC (mile 7)
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Evelyn
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Zach
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Looking Down The Gorge
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Looking West
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West
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Rest Area Lawn
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WELCOME (Back) TO NORTH CAROLINA
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east
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West
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The welcome center.
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The colors were grand!
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MV and J at the Ideal Market Cafe.
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At The Ideal Market Cafe
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Those Beautiful Mtns. In Asheville.
We had a good drive from Nashville to Raleigh.  We got to Asheville in time to have lunch with Anna.
When we got back to Raleigh we decided to have a beer and pizza at The Fox an Hound restaurant.

What a wonderful Trip!

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