Sterling Kansas

Time to come home from the daughter’s house. We decided that since our oldest grand son has started college in Kansas we would go home a different way so we could go by and see him. He had to be at his collegeP1110300 the week before his classes started so he could start football practice. So he had been doing what they call two a days for his first week there. That means he had to get up early and go out to the field for practice, stop for lunch and some meetings then back out for practice again.

We had called him the night before to let him know we were coming by to see him on the way home. He did not have practice on Sunday and we said we should be there around 10:30 that morning. We got there and found his dorm, the school has a beautiful campus. We called him on his phone but P1110284no answer. Charlotte said she would go in and ask if they could go to his room to get him. Well they took her down to his room. She knocked on the door, his room-mate opened the door and Caleb was still in bed. He saw it was his Maw maw and he jumped up, he told her she better go back to the car before she sees something she did not want to see since this was the men’s dorm.

Sterling is a small little town and it does not have a big selection of places to eat, so we went to a nearby town to eat lunch. After lunch we drove him P1110279back to the college, said our good byes and headed for home for we still had about 6 hour drive ahead of us.

 

 

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Topeka Kansas

We took a little half day trip in to Topeka. Charlotte was telling me of a place that her and the daughter hadDrinking there home made Root beer. gone to eat at while they were on a Topeka shopping trip a while back. The place was called the Blind Tiger, the food there was great. I had the rib tips and Charlotte had the burnt ends. The story behind  the Tiger goes back to the prohibition days. TheP1110220 P1110221 establishment would have a stuffed tiger or a tiger of some sort and this would mean they had alcohol that could be purchased. And I guess the law did not know about what the tiger meant. Thus the Blind Tiger.

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After leaving the restaurant we decided to go to the Topeka CombatP1110267 Air Museum. It cost $6 a head but I feel it was well worth it. They had two hangers full of all types of air craft. There were at least 35 air craft in the two hangers and 1 Lockheed EC-121T-LO Warning Star setting out side. Yes again since I drug her to the museum I had to take her to the mall to shop, after all that was only fair. If you click on the link below you will be able to see all the planes and other memorabilia.

http://www.combatairmuseum.org/

Olathe Kansas

Charlotte was looking in the Kansas travel magazine. She saw an article about Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop-Farm which is located in Olathe Kansas. The article talked about this was a stop on the Santa Fe trail and how the Mahaffie’s located here and built there farm. How they would raise their own crops, and take care of the fresh horses for the stagecoach company.

We drove to Olathe to check out the farm. Even though it is in town now it is still a working farm, You can take a walking tour for six dollars and it is worth it. The employees there dress in the Style of the day. They had their own blacksmith to build horse shoes, repair wagon wheels, and tools for the farm. There is a real stagecoach pulled by two horses that you get to ride in so you can have the feel of what it was like. The house and a few of the other buildings are the original buildings. Before we left we also went through the museum.

I love me a good hot dog with chili and onions. My daughter and some of her friends told me about a place called New York Dawg Pond in Overland Park Kansas. I love them they had great flavor with the fresh buns, wieners, and the chili was to die for. Oh yea for you that or vegetarian you can order a dawg and they will put in a carrot instead of a wiener. Of course there was a big shopping mall there that my daughter loves to go to, so while we were that close I had to take the misses shopping there.

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Baldwin Kanasas

While were at our daughters puppy setting I decided to take Charlotte on a little trip. Neither one us like to make decisions on what or where to eat. I was on my computer looking at Google Earth. I was looking around the part of Kansas we were in. I came across the town of Baldwin City which has Baker collage. Charlotte loves to see collage campus and this one was a beautiful. So I told her to get ready we were going out for lunch and when she asked where, I just told her you will see when we get there.

Baldwin City was not to far from Lawrence so after I had passed all the eating places and was heading out of town she asked again where we were going, again I said you will see. Finley we were at the exit and the sign said Baldwin City and she got excited for she had been wanting to go there. We drove around looking over the campus, of course she had to get out and take pictures. It was a pretty little town with an old train station and some nice looking old homes. The town did not have very many eating places but I had seen a place on Google earth called The Salt Mine so I decided to take her there. Well it was a biker bar but we went ahead and went in to eat. There were only two tall tables with stools and of course the bar. We set at one of the tables and the lady bartender asked what we would like, so I asked what they had that was good and she told us the daily special which was a cheese burger and fries. It was a very good burger.

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Forty Nine years with the Love of my life

our weddingSunday August 22nd 1965 It was a hot summer day. I haven’t seen Charlotte since around 11:59 the night before. She told me that it was bad luck to see the bride on the day of the wedding before the ceremony starts. After the ceremony we had the reception across the street at her folks house. It was raining very hard and we all got soaked running across to their front door. I felt sorry for Charlotte’s mom though for while we were all there lighting struck the house and knocked out the kitchen stove, luckily there was no fire. It does just seam like it was yesterday to me, for her it probably feels like 100 years. We have had such fun together all these years. She is my lover and P1090783best friend. I tell her daily that I love her. I tease her that she married me for my money, which she has yet to see. Also she needed a strong man to carry her cello for her, I always asked her why couldn’t she play something small like a violin. The Lord has truly looked over me and my family. It has been a wonderful 49 years,

Grand Puppy setting

Our daughter had a couple trips lined up so we told her we would come up and take care of the hounds. These two basset hounds are getting up in years but they are fun to watch, that is when they get the energy to do something. One of their favorite things to do is watch P1110217doggy TV. That is when you open the front door so they can watch for someone walking by or maybe even another dog. Then they start barking and run out the back door through the doggy door and bark like crazy. Of course after that they haft to come in and lay down for a nap.

While looking for a Relative.

While I was looking for one of my older relative I discovered something that I did not know. This story started out with my wife bringing me a picture of a couple and asking me who it was? I did not know who it might be and all of my aunts, and uncles have passed away. My folks and my two sisterUnknown couples have also passed. This makes doing genealogy work very hard. I posted the picture on my Facebook page to see if any of my cousins might recognize them.
While I was checking on Facebook my wife got on ancestry.com and was searching on the military part seance the man was in uniform. She found one of my uncles but he was Army and the man in the picture was Navy, I believe his uniform is WWII.
We still do not know who the couple is for while Charlotte was looking at the different records and spotted one that said Harbin and that he was aboard the USS Monticello. Well she knew who that was for he was setting right there in the room with her. She told me about it so of course I looked it up on my computer and started reminiscing for it was a cruse book called USS Monticello 1970. I never knew this book existed. I left the ship in August of 1970. When I went up to the Captain to have my discharge papers signed, he told me that if I would re up that he would promote me to EN2 rank. I had already taken the exam for that rank but seance I was getting out I did not Jim EN 2think any more about it. Any way while I was looking through the book I saw My picture and it had me listed as an EN2. I was surprised for on my discharge papers I am listed as a EN3. Oh well maybe that just meant that I had passed my exam.
The book is located at this address.
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Remembering the old girl and I was sad to see her go.

The grand kids asked me the other day about my Navy days.  After telling them and showing some pictures of the USS Monticello it brought backOne of our Mark 11 some good and some sad memories from when I was aboard her. I was an engineman while on board the Monticello, one of my duties was to go on one of the four small boats. We had two Mark 11 and two VP that was carried on board.

She was commissioned in March of 1957. I did not board her until October of 1968. Even though I was only on board for almost two years I did enjoy my time on her. Even though I missed my family while we were deployed I was able to have my wife with me some ofballast_down_tug well_deck_ops the time. I have some pictures of when the ship was ballast down and took a tug boat in side the well deck. We also loaded 3 Jets on board with our cranes, two went in the well deck and one on the helo deck to be delivered back overseas. Also I got a helo_vietnampicture of a helo landing while we were off the coast of Vietnam. As you can see in one picture we had loaded some troops and their equipment on board whichphantom_helodeck Tug boat in well deck LSD35 tears up the wood in the well deck.

 

 

The Monticello spent three months in dry dock at the Bremerton Washington Navel ship yard. While there we received brand new wood in the well deck. So before we loaded aSwim call in the well deckny more Troops in well decktroops we had a swim party where we ballast down, opened the stern gate took on about twelve feet of water then closed the gate.

Our ship held around 350 crew and could haul What a sleeping quater looks like350 troops plus all of their equipment. I have one picture that shows how close the sleeping bunks were.

 

While refueling out at sea our ship was sucked into the refueling ship and their gun turret ripped us open above the water line thank goodness. I Monticello LSD 35 after collision at sea USS_Cacapon_(AO-529_refueling_Tripoli_(LPH-10)_and_Monticello_(LSD-35)_1967had found this picture taken from the USS Kawishiwi AO 146 which is the ship we collided with. The other picture is of the USS Monticello and The USS Tripoli being refueled at the same time.

The Monticello was decommissioned in 1997 where she was towed out used for target practices and sunk. She will always be in my memory. I know my two youngest grand kids wanted to go see her and go on board her but I had to tell them that it has been sunk and that they can only see her in my pictures.

I have some pictures where the Monticello looks necked from being stripped. I have also add two URL that will show what was done to sink her and to show her finial resting place.

Mo boat being stripped down. Monticello before she was sent to the bottom of the ocean. Monticello being fired upon to be sunk.

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Colten’s Birthday Supprise

When all the family went to Houston for Caleb’s Graduation. his younger brother came back to Amarillo to stay several weeks with both sets of P1110141grandparents. After a month the kids came up from Houston to pick him up. They have been looking for a pickup to give Colten for his 16th birthday which is July 14th by the way, They did not find one for him before time to come  and get him. It just happened as they were coming into town his mother was looking at FB on her phone and noticed that one of her friends had posted a pickup for sale. They went and looked it over and decided it was the right one. They did not want to give it to him until his birthday but since they had to get it back to Houston they went ahead and gave it to him. So we were able to see his excitement when they gave it to him. They left today to drive the 12 hours back home.

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Going to Oldest Grandson’s Graduation. Day 11-12

It has been eleven days since we left home. We have had a great time traveling and seeing parts of Texas our home state that we have never seen. Most of all we our so happy and proud to be able to watch our grandson graduate.

After getting up and around we had breakfast, packed the car and Visiting with are Amarillo kids at the RV park in Kemah TX.checked out of the motel. Met the Amarillo kids at their RV park. We set around reminiscing about when they were kids and how we used to travel around with our RV. Those are good memories we have and Jeff wants to build those kind of memories with his family.

Jeremy and Aubrey joined us after lunch. We all visited until mid afternoon. The kiddos wanted to go swimming again so we went down and watched for a bit, then said our goodbyes and headed out for home. We do not like P1110054to drive through Houston when it is so busy , and since it was a Sunday afternoon it was not as busy as it would be on a week day. We drove about 250 miles down the road and got aHeading home motel. I usually wake up early and get on the road but there was a rain storm coming through so we did not get to leave until around 9:00 which got us home around 5:00 PM.

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