Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dan goes to Scotland

I recently returned from Scotland where I joined some friends for a 6 day golfing vacation. Generally regarded as the home of golf, Scotland is rich in links-style golf courses. We stayed in a cottage overlooking the Firth of Forth on the North Sea

in the small village of Pittenweem in the Kingdom of Fife.

From there, we traveled to several (7 total) scenic golf courses ... like the Castle Course in the lowlands 
and Pitlochry in the Scottish Highlands.

We also went to the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club Best of all, we were able to play the historic and world famous courses of Carnoustie

and The Old Course at St Andrews ... the Home of Golf.


I spent a fair amount of time doing this ...

and this ...

but felt lucky to be able to do it. 

Mega thanks to my friends for being such good travel companions and to the wonderful people of Scotland for being such gracious hosts. 

Cheers.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

4th of July weekend

The 4th of July is always a big deal around here. This year it was especially huge. After spending several weeks touring Canada, Claus, Steffi and Samuel came to spend the 4th with us.

Samantha, Jake and sleepy George joined us as well.

Andy, Donna and Hope came from Springfield

as did brother Sam, who hung with the Gs. 

With Claus' and Mark's help, we blew up balloons.

Lots of balloons.

Heidi and Aunt Nancy handed them out at the parade.

Friends stopped by.

There was swimming ... of sorts 

and golf ... of sorts.

There was also an awful lot of walking around, and around, and around, and around.

Family events were remembered ...
and recreated by grandchildren a mere 60 years later.

Good friendships were confirmed.
(1998)

(2014)

And bedtime stories were read.

Thanks to all who joined us in making this Independence Day weekend a very special one.
Happy 4th of July.