Linda and I are finally back home after our abbreviated sojourn to Arizona. We were very fortunate to have excellent roads all the way..even into Iowa and South Dakota where dozens of vehicles were still sitting abandoned in the ditch and median after trying to negotiate blizzard conditions that existed only hours before.
The distance between Phoenix and Sioux Falls is exactly the same going and coming so why does the return trip seem to take twice as long? I suppose it’s all about the anticipation and excitement factor of venturing off to new places as opposed to the reality of returning to familiar ones..but both of us were actually anxious to come home to friends and normality this time..even though our little corner of the world will never seem totally normal again without Dave Dedrick in it.
But no more dwelling on that. He packed a lot of living in his 81 years and treasured every breath and heartbeat he was given. As over 10 thousand people have stated on the “Friends of Captain 11” Facebook page, he was more than just some guy who was on TV for a long time, he was a cherished and unforgettable part of their childhood. What better legacy can one have than that?
Now it’s back to work.
Oh, wait..we’re retired.
That may be true but Linda and I both have a big job ahead of us; losing weight. It’s the same battle cry I shout every year but I sure would like to rid myself of a ton or two of extra baggage before we take our Holiday Vacations Inside Passage cruise to Alaska at the end of July.
Speaking of that tour, travel shows are going to be held all across South Dakota next week:
On Monday, February 1st in Rapid City at the Grand Gateway Hotel with shows at 10am and 1pm.
Tuesday February 2nd in Ft. Pierre at the Holiday Inn Express with shows at 10am and 1pm.
Wednesday, February 3rd in Watertown at the Holiday Inn Express with shows at 10am and 1pm.
Thursday, February 4th in Sioux Falls at Country Inn and Suites on east 8th at 10am and 1pm.
I’ll be attending the shows in Watertown and Sioux Falls. They’re really fun and informative and the free coffee ain’t bad either.
To find details of the actual tour just CLICK HERE. It will ask for a keyword..which is Keloland.
And, as long as I’m shamelessly promoting; the South Dakota Music Association Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum is finally open in the Washington Pavilion. It’s on the South end of the second floor and filled with items from South Dakota’s rock and roll music history. It’s really an impressive exhibit!
By the way, the second annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony and concert will be earlier this year and at a larger venue; the Ramkota Exhibit Hall. Judging from last May’s sell-out, you might want to get your tickets early. Information is available at the Music Association’s web site. CLICK HERE.
Let’s see, anything else that needs plugging?
I don’t think so, but Linda tells me that the bathroom sink needs “Unplugging” so I better be attending to that while she takes down the Christmas decorations.