Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Augustans hitting the road, send postcards to prove it

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Babies don’t need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach ... I’ll go over to a little baby and say ‘What are you doing here? You haven’t worked a day in your life!’

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– Steven Wright

Some people go on vacation. Joseph and Lorinda Fournier, of Evans, travel.

They sent back seven postcards over eight days in the Pacific Northwest.

“Traveling with Bob and Claudia Thoresen,” they write. “We flew to Portland, Ore., and then drove to Spokane, Wash. What an amazing and beautiful country we live in! Saw a million acres of farmland.”

Following on each day of the end of May were cards and highlight descriptions from Washington (Snake River), Idaho (a Nez Perce Indian storyteller), Washington (brown hills that look like the Pyramids), Washington (a postcard with the state named misspelled), Oregon (Mount Hood … and the Columbia River, “… which makes the Savannah River look like a creek.”), and Oregon (in Astoria where they get 70 inches of rain a year.) Thanks for all.

Dick McCoppin, of Augusta, also a prolific traveler, sends four cards, hitting Louisiana, Texas (“Houston has really changed since 1984”), Florida and South Carolina.

Abbey Kessman, of Hollywood, Fla., likes to send cards, too. She sent two from Boston (one showing Fenway Park), and two from New Hampshire – one of them a jigsaw puzzle showing the summit of Mount Washington.

Mac and Beth Copeland not only sent a postcard from Texas, where they visited cousins in Dallas, but also Oklahoma, always tough to find among state postcards.

Finally, Jack Carswell, sends all “greetings from Japan’s Mount Fuji. …” After time in Tokyo, he was headed to see the rest of the country.

ALSO TRAVELING: Debbie Katcoff writes: “ Just wanted to tell you that Olivia Blackmon, who just graduated from Westside High, was a winner in an art contest. Sponsored by the Atlantic Institute (the Istanbul Association) the theme of the contest was “How has social media changed our world?”

The prize is a trip to Turkey for Olivia and her art teacher, me!”

HISTORIC TRAVELER: Check out my Kirby’s Augusta YouTube video on augustachronicle.com to see what happened when a famed British author came to town 160 years ago.

TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s one from Everett Fernandez.

A first-time father was taking a turn at feeding the baby some strained peas. Naturally, there were traces of the food everywhere, especially on the infant.

His wife comes in, looks at the infant, then at her husband staring into space, then says, “What in the world are you doing?”

He replied, “I’m waiting for the first coat to dry, so I can put on another.”

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