Diploma, Owl Boxes and Travel
October 4, 2012
So much has been going on and Donna and I have been on a 9,000 mile road trip. Six thousand by car and three thousand by plane. We gave up on the motor home and got in Donna’s new PriusV and hit the road. What a fun car to dive. We packed just enough to get by which included lots of yarn for Donna to knit. We visited Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas. Wahoo!
We stopped at any place that looked interesting, we just pulled over and checked it out. No worry where to park the Big Rig. We stayed at the historic Lake Yellowstone Hotel where they had no tv or internet. OMG what do we do now? Being unplugged is a shock to one’s system; others there also seem to be suffering the effect too. I set up a hot spot at one of the stores in Yellowstone National Park and I thought I was going to be mobbed with people wanting to get online. They were so disappointed when I told them it was a private connection and there was no internet connection at the store. The Zombies walked off with heads hanging low.
If you want to see a beautiful lake check out Bear Lake north of Salt Lake City. It is like a body of water in the Caribbean, a beautiful turquoise blue. We rented a lake view condo for three days and pigged out on local raspberries in ice cream, milkshakes and chocolate. Yes, fresh ice cold raspberries dipped in milk chocolate would just explode with juice and flavor. Mmm, good. And then there was Flathead lake were we rented a cabin right on the lake, absolutely beautiful and relaxing with a doe and two fawns feeding in the front yard. We didn’t want to leave and checked on prices but with lakefront starting at a million dollars we packed up and headed to North Dakota to see the oil boom.
And what a boom it is. Cars, trucks and oilmen going every which direction and in a small town like Dickinson that can be a sight to behold. Food and hotel rooms were at a premium, if you could find one and that is after they have added a thousand rooms. I got the feeling it was just like the gold rush days in California. Lots of excitement and employment with building and a lot development going on everywhere. Need a job, go to North Dakota young man, go to North Dakota. Just keep in mind that while the pay is good the rent is high, think New York or San Francisco prices in the middle of the prairie. We did have two of the best steaks of our life in Dickinson at the Brickhouse Grille. Knock your socks off delicious with horseradish in the mashed potatoes but not to much, just enough to make you wonder what it was.
We managed to get out of town without a gun fight and headed to Deadwood, South Dakota. We had already seen Mount Rushmore and the presidents carved out of stone before so this time we checked out Crazy Horse but found the most interesting story was about the guy who started the project over 50 years ago and as close as I could tell it will take at least another 50 years to complete, maybe more. If you are going to dream, dream big!
From North Dakota we cut across Wyoming checking out Cheyenne, Laramie and Green River as we worked our way back home also visiting Saint George, Utah and Las Vegas, Nevada. Just remember, what you take to “Vegas stays in Vegas.” Need I say more.
Back home we had no time to relax because we needed to go to Pflugerville, Texas and check out the transformation of Skyview Aapartments. Roscoe Properties had informed us that Skyview was now 97% occupied. We hopped on a plane to see for ourselves and to celebrate with them because it has been a hard 9 month long struggle to get them there.
To our surprise, they had also installed an owl box on the property. Seems they knew about the Molly Story, which brings up the next topic. Austin, our grandson, who made the Molly The Owl videos puts on his purple cap and gown October 12th at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center at 7 PM to receive his AA degree. Yes, we are proud of him.
You can check out his portfolio atAustin’s Portfolio if you want to see what he has been learning in school. He is not finished yet but is half way there. He is now enrolled to get his BA degree. We want to thank all the Molly Watchers that have supported him. We know many of you feel a personal connection. Like one lady said with pride to Donna at a recent knit-a-thon, “I helped pay for Austin’s education,” and she is right. You can take pride in that you have helped a young man blossom. We have watched him go from a 17 year old kid to a young man on his way to success and greatness.
May your life be blessed,
Carlos, Donna and Austin
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