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Jo’s Jottings: Breath-taking trip to Northwest Coast included natural, man-made wonders

By Jo Ellen Dale

The Raders write that they have just returned from an eight-day trip to the Northwest coast with their son Kent from Liberty and son and daughter-in-law Mike and Ruth from Chicago.  They flew to Portland, Ore. and visited Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark wintered on reaching the West Coast.  They drove down the Oregon coast on the Coastal Highway 101 to California to see the Redwood National Forest near Eureka and Redding, Calif. They drove back through Oregon, the Klamath Mountains and the wine country near Eugene.  They spent several days in Seattle, Wash., where they toured the Boeing plant where Air Force One was built, took a tour of the city including the Space Needle, Pike’s Market and the original Starbuck’s. They took a ferry across Puget Sound to Whidbey Island and drove back to Seattle, where Kent spoke to a Washington bankers’ group that evening.  They also saw Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens.  After this exciting trip they flew home.
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Friday I again attended Rotary Club, where a new member was inducted.  The program was very interesting: “What’s the next project for the club?”  I did take notes, but due to my scrawls I was unable to decipher them.  That afternoon my financial advisor came and helped me sort through the many papers that were clogging my file cabinet.  Later we enjoyed the homemade ice cream at the Oink and Moo restaurant.  It is delicious!
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Saturday I went to the first annual Ray County Women’s Resource Center barbeque and enjoyed a delicious dinner.  It was also great to see many friends and even family members. The attendance was so good that I and others had to park across the street.
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Sunday after church I met Bonnie Pointer McCalley and other Methodist friends for lunch at the 19th Hole.  it was a very busy place as they were holding a father/son tournament that had a large number of participants.
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Shirley Gadt reports that her daughter, Robyn Moes, her granddaughter, Julie Adams from Indiana along with Shirley’s son, Roger from Richmond and her cousin Terry Johnson attended a  reception on Sept. 14, 2014 honoring Shirley at the United Methodist Church for her 14 years of service in the nursery.
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Sunday after church I had lunch at the 19th Hole as I am sure you are not surprised to hear.  That afternoon I attended the wine and cheese tasting party at Ernie and Nancy Jones’.  There were some exotic cheese choices and I tried most of them as it was for a good cause for which generous donations were made.
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Monday as always I volunteered at the Ray County Memorial Hospital front desk in the morning and at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce in the afternoon.  I passed the time when not busy reading the selection for this month’s book club.
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A father-and-son tournament was held this week at Shirkey Golf Course and I was delighted to see Hank Hamann and his son, Sean.  It was a beautiful day for golf and the course was crowded.
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As you can see I am in need of more news so please keep sending!

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