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Whew Time to catch up… Final session of day 1 and Georgia Heard day 2

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reflections

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Session # 2

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Reflection # 1

I’ve posted my first refelction of Jeff Anderson the keynote speaker at All Write. Check it out at: http://tjkfirst.blogspot.com/2011/06/monday-june-20-2011-day-1-of-conference.html It’s where I’ll be from now on.

I have moved…

Visit the new “Fence Grade and Fence Posts at http://tjkfirst.blogspot.com/ that’s where I’ll be posting from now on! Come on Over!

Day Two…whew

Day two of “Klinger Krusade” finds me exhausted. With very little sleep last night and no nap in the car (unlike Hadley) my feet are dragging, as well as other parts of me.

We left Terra Haute around 9:00 this morning and made it to Warsaw by 1:00, raining all the way.  The landscape between here and there is amazing. Everything is so green and pretty. The farms are really well taken care of (no crap piles here like you know who), and almost all of them are freshly painted. White seems to be the color of choice, and next to the lush green fields and trees it is stunning. The big red barns are my favorite though.

Today I learned Kokomo, Indiana is where author Norman Bridwell is from; he wrote the children’s books Clifford the Big Red Dog.  We drove through it today.

I learned the trees all clumped together in the middle of open spaces are “planted hardwoods.”

I learned the Warsaw High School is HUGE, I hope I don’t get lost.  

I learned Lake Michigan is also HUGE and cold, but pretty. And “steelheads” are what people fish for in Lake Michigan. They are trout that swim up the creek (not crick and I don’t know which one) and then live in the lake and get really big. They use cooked shrimp as bait! One guy caught one that was 18lbs today. I did not get to see it. A man just told me about it.

I learned if I had my brother’s camera I would have been able to get a better picture of the yacht I saw today. Maybe someday.

I learned there is an Amish town that has quilts and serves dinner just mere minutes from here (guess where we’re going after class tomorrow).

I learned a mother’s guilt must never end because I feel really bad that we did not do this when Kanten could be with us. But then I remembered he did not take us to Billings with him, and that he won’t be taking us to Washington next year, and he got a new truck, I feel a little better now 🙂

Most importantly we learned that apparently there is something called “swimmer’s itch” you can get from swimming in Lake Michigan. Another good reason for me not to like water!

I hope I sleep tonight. I have an early morning and an exciting day tomorrow. And yes, I’m still a little nervous. I think I’ll just be incognito and soak up everything I can. 🙂

Four states and 11 hours

Day one of The “Klinger Krusade to Indiana”

Eleven things I learned through four states and eleven hours in a car:

    1. When I say we leave at 7:00 it usually happens by 8:00
    2. Oklahoma is prettier the further east you travel (ok I already knew this one but it’s nice to be reminded)
    3. Hadley travels much better at age 17 than age 7
    4. The Nook and a DVD player is a must for any traveler in a vehicle for longer than 2 hours
    5. I44 and Missouri are not fun, too many travelers too many truckers
    6. Truckers DO own the roads
    7. I will need new tires on the drivers’ side when we return-when Donnie drives he likes to “look” when he “looks” he pulls to the left, the left-hand shoulder has little bumpy things to make sure the driver stays on the road…we found them… A LOT
    8. Illinois has the prettiest farmland, farms, barns and silos I’ve seen so far
    9. Donnie can spot a deer and deer-stand in ANY state we travel through (this I already knew too)
    10. It’s fun to travel with 3 but we miss our number 4 and hope he’s not too hot back in         Oklahoma because it’s a beautiful 75 here in Indiana

            11. You can find many stories waiting to be discovered in four states and eleven hours