Today we share the fun events had at the Rally in Manitowoc on Saturday September 17 and the Reunion held on Sunday the 18th.
The Coachmen's Rally - 11:30AM on Saturday September 17
HERE'S A GREAT PICTURE OF THE ENTIRE GROUP THAT ATTENDED THE RALLY. CAN'T SEE TORR (OR ME) VERY WELL BUT I THINK THAT WAS INTENDED! FL/FR Bob Warrens, Bob Kattner, Sharon (Prickett) Meany, Tom Wall, Joan Harvey, Del Torrison, John Torrison, John Harvey, Skip Wallen, Barb (Meany) Sitkiewitz, Nancy Parker, Vic Schiegg.
The PetSkull Brewery on 10th street
The Pizza Garden on North 8th street
A PICTURE OF THE COACHMEN CONTINGENT TAKEN FROM THE SECOND FLOOR OF BOURIL'S HOUSE. I will do my best to name those appearing. Starting on the left side. Mary (Walters) Balzan, Ron Balzan, Vic Schiegg, Bob Warrens, John Harvey, R/L Dale Sievert, Del Torrison, John Torrison, Nancy Parker, Joan Harvey.
We arrived at the Courthouse Pub at 11:30 AM as scheduled. Everyone who signed up made it to the Rally with the exception of John & Del Torrison, Sharon & John Magnusson and Lynn Wallen, They were missed by all! We had a wonderful time.
Following are pictures of our time at the Courthouse PUB. We were there until about 2:00 / 2:30 and then adjourned to the PET SKULL BREWERY. Those pictures follow.
We left the Courthouse Pub at about 2:30 PM and went to the Petskull Brewery. They make and sell Craft beer. We just drank it!
Do you remember the Pizza Garden? It first came to town (it think) in 1958. Our first impression? What the heck is Pizza! This is the reincarnation of that restaurant. All original recepies. We still love that strange stuff!
L-R Sharon Meany, Bob Warrans, Nancy Parker, Vic Schiegg, Bob Kattner, Joan Harvey & John Harvey (I think Skip is hiding behind Bob Warrans. The bill is coming and Nancy is telling Skip she is going to give give it to him. As it turns out the bill landed in Vic's lap and he graciously paid in full. Thanks Vic! We must do this again!
It's getting late and we're back at the Courthouse PUB for Grasshoppers
Holy Cow . . . does this Rally never end? Well, yes. And this is it. Saturday morning we're all leaving for our own planned events. This was a fun Rally. I know that because there were only a few of us with enough energy to make it for breakfast!
This was another fun Rally! Hopefully we'll be able to do it again in September when our next class reunion is being scheduled. Stay Tuned!
I flew to Calgary, which was only an hour and 20 minutes from Seattle, drove to Banff (about 90 minutes), while there took a day tour with a local guide that included Lake Louise and environs, then drove back from Banff to Calgary where I spent an afternoon, flew to Vancouver for a day and from there drove home. I was afraid I’d overpacked but that turned out not to be the case as temperatures and weather were radically different in the different locations - with freezing temperatures in the Canadian Rockies, hot weather in Calgary, and cool, drizzly weather in Vancouver.
The first photo is a generic one of Banff - everywhere you look, the Canadian Rockies are towering in view.
The second is big-horn sheep along the road - they are indifferent to cars and people.
The third is Lake Minnewanka (the auto-correct keeps wanting to make it Minnetonka :) ) - as with several lakes in the area, it is shockingly green - not from algae but from “rock flour,” i.e. ground up rock from glaciers whose chemicals create that effect (and/or by reflecting light - someone else may be able to explain it better than I).
I’ve also included a shot of myself at Lake Louise, which is still half frozen - as was I. :)
OUR FUTURE CAPTAIN'S OF INDUSTRY!
Pete sent this picture after I called to tell him Ron Kaminski had passed away. I must say, it totally blew me away! By the way, Pete said the little guy in the front is "Carl Bull" a good friend of Donna's . . he became an accountant. Within the group are Teachers, Lawyers, Accountants - ALL - Captains of Industry!
There were only 10 of us at this rally, but we had a BLAST. I'll share some of the places we visited and our progress through the day.
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM -The Courthouse PUB
As we all know, this is the jump-off point for all our rallies. The food and drinks are excellent and the folks there are wonderful.
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Pet Skull Brewery - North 10th street.
This place is really fantastic! It has an authentic vintage atmosphere that was rustic in a warehouse sort of way. It was like being inside an old factory (without the dust). Also, they make their own beer. Two beers were enough for me. Sorry, but I couldn't keep up with Bob!
4:00 PM - 5:45 PM John & Del's for drinks
John & Del moved from a second-floor apartment to this wonderful one-floor duplex. It has a bright and cheerful atmosphere with a great view out the back. They love it! So do we!
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Pizza Garden
Really nice atmosphere. A bit loud . . . but not unexpected . . . It's a Pizza joint. The pizza was great!
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM - Back to the Courthouse PUB for Grasshoppers.
The waitress said she melted chocolate chips and smeared the chocolate all over the inside of the glass. They usePremium Vanilla Ice Cream mixed with Cream DeMinthe and Cream deCoke. She topped it off with whipping cream and a maraschino cherry . . . Ever heard the phrase "to die for"? Very appropriate here!
One more event to cover. - Lighthouse Inn . . . Epilogue
Sharon, Bob, Joan, and I stayed at the Lighthouse Inn in Two Rivers. We all met for breakfast at 9:00 AM. John and Del joined us.
Here are random pictures of our Coachmen Rally. I hope everyone has been included. If you have a picture you would like to add, send it to me. I can still add pictures after the post has been published.
Spring means "stopping to smell the roses" as an act of appreciation and recognizing the source of the goodness in our lives. It means taking time to recognize the daily moments that bring us joy. All of us have already lived past the "average lifespan" of men in America. Although into each life some "rain must fall", overall, we are all still hangin' in there.
As you all know, (since I already posted a pic) we moved into a new place last Fall and although the owner/builder had created terraces in the back, we never really knew what was planted in these terraces until now. Wow! I am not a big flora fan (like Dale) but I am really taking time to "smell the roses" although it appears there aren't any actual roses, there are many other examples of "rebirth". I am so impressed with the display, I decided to bore you all with another pic of this floral display that "keeps on giving" (more flowers). Not only that, I have also included a video of a brief (thankfully) walk around where I am communing with nature (the other literal meaning). Carpe Diem fellow Coachmen.
Just so you realize, Haydn has LONG legs.
So, what's happening in your neck of the woods?
In the meantime, the imperceptible movement of time may have changed "US". We may not realize that our dreams may no longer "FIT". This realization comes to us in many different ways.
Example - this football player had always dreamed of owning his own Lamborghini. At last he realized his dream using his signing bonus! (and lived happily ever after)?
Don't let THIS happen to you!
Thank you Dick Neuses for sending this video to us!
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