My dad turns 60 this year. To celebrate his longevity my stepmum planned for my siblings and me and our families to gather at their house in Florida. His birthday isn’t until April, but my younger brother, Ken, has enlisted in the US Army and will be reporting to Basic Training later this month.
I was fortunate to have meetings for work in Connecticut on March 2nd. This was beneficial because it meant I could expense the mileage from Maine to Connecticut and back. I left the meeting after the girls’ late checkout from the hotel and we were off. The drive was mostly uneventful except for icy roads in North Carolina. Kirsten and I enjoyed passing metropolitan areas in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We saw many cool bridges, airports and seaports along the way. Kirsten and I tweeted our progress for family and friends.
We arrived at Dad and Patsy’s house Tuesday morning. In the evening Kirsten and Dad and I picked Mike and Kim up at the airport. They had flown all the way from Bangkok to surprise Dad. He had no idea they were coming.
Wednesday morning we went back to the airport to pick up Scott and his new wife, Kelly. They flew in from Utah. In the afternoon Scott and I changed the spark plugs in one of the water crafts before we took both out on the lake for a spin. I started with Kirsten and Skye on the back of mine, but Skye didn’t have fun–even (or especially) when I let her drive–so we dropped her off at the boat house and headed back out.
The girls were very excited to be able to swim in Heypop and Nana’s pool. They were quite disappointed to discover it was colder than expected. The frigidness of the water didn’t stop Skye, though. She strapped on fins and goggles, grabbed a boogie board and dove right in.
Thursday morning I went out early to take pictures while the lake was smooth. Then Kirsten and I walked to Dad’s office so I could take his picture and Kirsten could use a desk and computer to take an Anatomy & Physiology II exam.
Thursday afternoon Scott, Michael and I and our significant others drove to Cape Canaveral and Cocoa. I remember as a kid roaming around Kennedy Space Center looking at the majestic static rocket displays and museum. Now it costs $38 for an adult just to walk through the front doors. So much for NASA’s mandate to promote science education. Needless to say, we didn’t purchase tickets.
Friday morning Dad, Scott, Mike and I picked my sister, Christi, up at the airport. She had flown in from Memphis. It had been far too long since I had seen or spoken to her. It was nice to spend time with her and get reacquainted.
Friday evening we ate dinner at Dad’s favorite restaurant, Texas de Brazil. The food was amazing! It was nice to see Dad smile and enjoy himself.
Beware of the Green Paste
Kirsten Uhler, Cogitations, March 11, 2009
Dad wouldn’t let me drive his Corvette but he did agree to give me a ride…to 170 miles per hour!
170 Miles Per Hour!
Brent Danley, The Rhetoric, March 10, 2009
Saturday morning after taking pictures Dad and the five Danley siblings drove Scott and Kelly to the airport for their flight home. Back at the house we enjoyed a barbecue lunch, played a game of Hearts and went for a walk around the neighborhood and Dad’s offices. After dinner we said our goodbyes and started our long drive home.
We stopped in Washington D.C. Sunday before spending the night in Dover, Delaware. None of us had previously visited and all were excited to see the famous landmarks of our nation. The girls were tired from the drive and walking but didn’t complain much. The sky was gray and the reflecting pool empty, but we got a good feel for the place and will be better able to plan a more thorough visit.
Monday afternoon we enjoyed lunch at Hooters in Wethersfield, Connecticut. It was snowing quite hard but the roads were good and we never had to slow down.