Sunday night we had a fun dinner with our good friend Evelyn. As we departed she made it clear that we are always welcome at her home. It was kind of like "My Casa is Your Casa." Thank you Evelyn, we love you!
We went to SC to have a cyst removed from my little finger. We had started the process way before we left the area but it took forever to get appointments. So to work within our health insurance we returned to complete the routine. I didn't think the cyst amounted to much but my daughter described it as OMG. My view may be more accurate. Having said that, the event resembled a big deal. It began with a hospital gown of the current fashion. Then there was a crowd of medical personnel complete with a trip to la la land. The next thing I recall with any clarity is a wheel chair ride out of the hospital. The procedure was Monday afternoon. That night we went back to the Best Western.
Tuesday morning Debbie had a doctor appointment. After that we then went to see our realtor friends Jan and Tom. They've helped us buy our last two houses and now they manage those houses for us as rental property. One day they'll sell those houses for us. We visited with Tom and Jan at their office. If there had been a bouncer he would have thrown us out. We had a roaring good time! More love and we greatly appreciate their friendship.
We then went to see Linda and Glenn. We took the dogs with us and spent the night. We have traveled and camped many times with these friends They epitomize southern hospitality. We would marry them both. That may be a stretch but you get the picture. Lots of love!
We drove home Wednesday afternoon and worked Thursday and Friday.
Friday was Aubree Elizabeth''s 26th birthday. Aubree, I'm mighty proud of you and I love you!
We had a hike planned with our volunteer friends Dave and Ardi Hacker for Saturday morning. Our destination was Rainbow Falls at Gorges State Park. This is something less than an hours drive away, near Lake Toxaway. The morning began cloudy, maybe a little mist. We didn't consider not going. It was a nice drive and only misting at most when we arrived. The hike was to be 4-5 miles round trip. It was quite steep at times, rocky and rooty. Much of the time the hike followed the wonderfully rocky, mountainous Horse Pasture River. Our first stop was at a smallish, but pleasing waterfall. No rain as yet.
|Dave and Ardi preparing to photograph small waterfall|
Dave and Ardi were mostly prepared for the rain. Debbie and I less prepared. I had brought the umbrellas and 2 ponchos. I paid $2 for 2 ponchos. I knew they were a disposable type but I was misled. They were nearly worthless. OK, not worthless. I'd value them at $.12 each. They did help to trap our body heat but not keep us dry. As we hiked in we made some effort to avoid mud and wet spots. You know, lets keep those hiking shoes clean. As we exited, we were merely slogging through the mud and water with total disregard as the skies poured upon us. We had to watch our footing closely. We were drenched. Debbie's greatest concern was keeping her new camera dry. Dave and Ardi had invited us to hike with them so they were concerned that we held them responsible for the less than perfect conditions. We enjoyed several witty suggestions about how we would describe the hike in the blog. We reassured them repeatedly but, at their suggestion, we settled on "To Hell With The Hackers." Today, a dry day later, we refer to it as a memorable hike.