KIRBY: Postcard vacation tip — Watch the weather

Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.

 

– Terry Pratchett

It looks like vacation season is here because your postcards are filling up the mailbox. You are well on your way to visiting all 50 states.

Mike and Vicki Stearns, of Augusta, sent a card from Elvis’ birthplace, Tupelo, Miss., where they were “visiting Michael’s long-lost, but long-suspected sister (long story). Next stop – New Orleans for dinner.”

Faye and Connie sent a card from Idaho showing (what else?) a giant potato. “What a beautiful country!” they tell us.

Marylyn Reeves says she and Bruce were in Colorado, visiting grandchildren. They found the Maroon Bells area “spectacular. ” Still snow on mountains and the runoff is making the fly-fishing difficult. Marylyn also wanted to say hello to her Kroc aquafitness friends.

Gary and Lillian Vahrenwald, of Martinez, had a wonderful week at Jensen Beach, Fla., where they visited the Navy SEALs museum.

Donna Conrad and a group from Trinity Methodist went to Williamstown, Ky., to visit the Ark Encounter park. So did Jerry and Pat Morris, of Evans. They say it was worth the trip and it makes the Bible come alive. The Ark, they say, is “HUGE.”

Darrell and Margaret Clifton were in California and heading to Oregon. They hope to have visited 46 states by the time they get back to Millen.

Evelyn and Tommy Price, of Evans, say the weather didn’t cooperate at Panama City Beach and Destin, Fla., where winds were high and waves about 10 feet. “Been visiting for over 30 years. Never seen it like this!”

Eric Blomquist sent our first greeting from Vermont. He and wife Sharon are visiting her parents and trying to postpone summer. No snow, but it is raining and 49 degrees. (“Close enough,” he adds.)

Julian and Sybil Farmer were at the FivePine lodge in Oregon celebrating their 34th anniversary with the grandchildren.

And finally, a big card from a big natural wonder – Niagara Falls. Martha Barnes, who retired this year from Waynesboro Primary School, fulfilled a dream visit. She and friends Karla Johnson and Sherry Mayes flew to New York City, then took a bus (12-hour ride!) to the falls. “The trip was amazing,” she writes.

She also shares these tips: Eat at Juniors in New York City; walk across the Brooklyn Bridge; stay on the Canadian side of the falls; do not try the 12-hour bus ride!”

How about the rest of you? If you travel this summer, send us a postcard and let’s see if we can get one from all 50 states.

Send them to me at The Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad Street, Augusta, GA, 30901. And remember, if you include your return address, I send you a card when I go on vacation.

Reach Bill Kirby at bill.kirby@augustachronicle.com.

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