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Cedar Point

Sandusky, Ohio

July 1, 2003

A roller coaster amusement park, extraordinaire. We rode 5 of the more than 10 coasters. We rode a number of other rides as well. This is a great park for both coaster lovers and the weaker of heart. Their latest coaster that goes up 420 feet and travels 120 mph was not open. But just looking at it scared me. A clean, well landscaped park that was well worth the stop.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Cleveland, Ohio

July 2, 2003

A fabulous collection of Rock and Roll memorabilia and history. We had time to go through the ground floor which gave the boys an idea of how Rock and Roll was born and how it grew up through the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. There are all kinds of interesting exhibits from guitars and clothes used by famous rock and rollers to an exhibit of album covers that were never used. A definite stop if you are in Cleveland.

Downtown Cincinnati Bats

Cincinnati, Ohio

July 4, 2003

Like the cows that were painted in Chicago, Cincinnati has decorated downtown with art. This time it is sculptures made from bats. There were some great ones including the one to the left, Johnny's Bench and a Batter Mouse Trap.

Louisville Slugger Museum

Louisville, Kentucky

July 5, 2003

Really well done. The factory tour starts with a 10-15 minute movie that captures the thrill of hitting. The factory tour shows the actual process of creating the bats used by professional baseball players. Finally, there is a small museum with the contracts signed to use the Louisville Slugger, bats used by players and a history of the company. Well worth spending 2 hours if you are near Louisville.

Cyclorama

Atlanta, Georgia

July 7, 2003

The battle for Atlanta on July 22, 1864 is depicted on a painting that is 42 feet high and is displayed in a circle around the wall and is 358 feet in circumference. The painting was done in the late 1880's in Milwaukee. To view the painting you sit in a set of seats in the middle of the painting and while the seating area rotates a presentation with narration and lighting describes the painting and battle. This was a very interesting 90 minute stop.

Vicksburg National Military Park and Cemetery

Vicksburg, Mississippi

July 8, 2003

This National Park commemorates the battle and siege of Vicksburg which happened in the summer of 1863. General Grant, in the photo, wanted to take Vicksburg to gain control of the Mississippi River. The Confederates had built fortifications in a crescent around the city with the river making up the other side of their defense. The National Park includes about 3/4 of the crescent and has a 16 mile drive past through the battlefield. We got an audio tour to play in the car that took about 90 minutes. The park is filled with monuments placed by all of the states that had troops in the battle. The most impressive was the Illinois memorial that included the names of the 36,000 troops from Illinois that fought in the battle. Also on the site is an armored Union ship, the USS Cairo, that had been sunk during the battle and was salvaged in 1963.

Emeril's Delmonico

New Orleans, Louisiana

July 8, 2003

Bam! We decided, since we were so close, to go the extra 200 miles down to New Orleans. We had a great dinner at Delmonico, took a brief walk down Bourbon Street and then got up the next morning and had Beignets at Cafe Du Monde.

Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad, New Mexico

July 12, 2003

An ancient reef is the basis for the mountains in southeast New Mexico. The caverns were created when acidic water dissolved the limestone formed from the organic reef material. We went on a two and a half hour hike. We entered through the natural entrance and walked down 800 feet on switchbacks to the bottom of the cavern and then through the Big Room which is 600,000 sf. All of the formations in the caverns are incredible: the stalactites, stalagmites, and drapery. Carlsbad Caverns are in the middle of nowhere but well worth the effort to get there.

Rocky Point

Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico

July 16, 2003

A fishing village on the Gulf of California. This is a very arid place with a gorgeous beach with mountains in the background. This is not really much of a tourist town but a nice escape from the heat of Phoenix.

Lake Geneva

Fontana, Wisconsin

July 23-26

We have gone sailing, motor boating and inner tubing, and golfing. The view is of the seventeenth hole of Abbey Springs Golf Course. Pattie, Sam, Max and I played and it was tough. It is very narrow and tree lined. Not good for my hit-it-and-go-git-it golf game. We had fun. The weather was great and the lake was reasonably warm. We were joined on the lake by Barb, Eric and Brad on Thursday and by Ann, Mattie, Mark, Ben and Erin on Friday.

The Move

Weston, Florida

July 27-31

Pattie and I spent a fun week in Florida getting our house packed and closing. Clark and Reid is moving us and once again they have proven that they are the best moving company in the world. Paul, Dan and Paul's son, Jeff, were unbelievable. They are incredibly competent, have a great attitude and are fun to be around particularly through such a usually unfun job.

Silver Sands Golf Camp

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

July 27 - August 1

Sam and Max spent a week at golf camp. This is there second year here and they really enjoyed themselves. FJ runs a great camp. The only downside to this camp is that the boys are going to be able to beat me soon!