Earl and Joyce Carr have returned from another adventure — not quite as rewarding as their recent mission trip to Peru, but certainly a lot of fun-filled sightseeing. They were two of thirty who traveled with Patsy Weaver and the Hometown Travelers of Huntington State Bank. The trip originated in Dallas where the group had gathered. On the first day they ate breakfast in Dallas and supper at The Vancouver Lookout, 550 feet above ground with a panoramic view of picture-perfect Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Friday the 13th was spent touring around the city of Vancouver, visiting Stanley Park and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park where Earl and Joyce received an “I Made It” certificate that they braved heights of 230 feet and a 450-foot suspension bridge across the raging waters of Capilano Canyon. You have to know Earl Carr’s age, stamina and determination to understand what a feat this was for him!
Later that Friday the 13th day, the group took one of the many ferries to Victoria Island where they spent three nights. Their first visit the next morning was to the world famous Butchart Gardens, a National Hitoric Site of Canada, 55 acres of gardens predominantly arranged by flower colors. Lunch and “high tea” was at the 100-year-old Empress Hotel, an incredible landmark of Victoria. Later the group took another ferry to Horseshoe Bay, eating lunch aboard the ferry. They stopped to visit Shannon Falls and spent the night in Whistler. Then the bus took them through the coastal mountains stopping at Hot Creek Ranch to eat and take a stagecoach ride. They spent the night in the Delta Sun Parks Lodge. The next day included a one-hour boat ride through Grizzly Bear Valley on a River Safari that was cold and very fast. Joyce commented, “The only bears we saw were pictures in the brochure.” The bus crossed the Continental Divide and continued toward Jasper spending the night in Mountain Park Lodge. Earl and Joyce walked on the Columbia Icefield Glacier, the largest south of Alaska and the ice is over 1,000 feet thick. They took lots of pictures of the beautiful breathtaking Lake Louise and scenic places in Banff taking a gondola ride up for a better view and lunch. The last part of the trip was spent in Calgary where they flew back to Dallas. Earl and Joyce had a great time and highly recommend the trip, although Earl said he couldn’t get back fast enough to enjoy a cup of our Round Table’s coffee.
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Bobby Dan Hightower managed to find time to visit at the RT in Diboll. In August, he, his wife Monica and daughter Nikki enjoyed an unforgettable two-week trip to Alaska. They flew to San Francisco and during a six-hour layover took the underground transportation from the airport to Fisherman’s Wharf for a nice meal, then rode one of the historic cable cars seeing the sights of San Francisco including China Town. Their flight landed them in Anchorage where they rented an RV and without an itinerary visited Soldotna, Seward, Ninilchk, two Russian fishing villages, fished on the Kenai River and in Homer, went all the way to the end of the road and shopped on the boardwalk. They highly recommended the 11- hour bus trip into Denali Park where they saw 16 Grizzly bears but were unable to see all of Mount McKinley due to fog. They took two cruises to watch the whales and at the Drewery Lodge met Melinda and Van Jordan from Nacogdoches. Melinda is Sam Carlton’s sister and Joyce Carlton from Wakefield is their mother.
When they got back to Texas Bobby Dan left again to spend two weeks in Colorado, near Olathe. He and his hunting party of five enjoyed the mountains and camping in tents even though only one hunter brought home a bull elk. They had slight rains but no flooding.
If that wasn’t enough traveling, Bobby Dan reported that during the Labor Day holiday, four couples drove to Palo Duro Canyon which was 40 miles to the nearest town and stayed in an old farm house built in the 1920s that was once owned by Charles Goodnight and his partner, J.A. Adair. They cooked their own meals and during the day toured the canyon on 4-wheelers. Couples included Bobby Dan and Monica Hightower; The Randall Taylors; David and Martha Vines; and John and JoAnna Derrick.
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Gayle Saxton, DHS graduate, came in and was proudly showing us the engagement ring she’s wearing from Kenneth Holland. Kenneth lives on a ranch between Nogalus Prairie and Kennard where he will be moving his “city girl” bride. Kenneth has horses, cows, chickens, donkeys and raises rabbits. Gayle was excited about the 80 baby Dutch rabbits that are due. Some of them will be black, blue, tortoise, chocolate or gray. Gayle is a medical transcriptionist and has been working at East Texas Eye Associates for 32 years. She types all day long. When I asked her did she know her typing speed she said she recently tested 126 words per minute with 1 mistake (and that was a period at the end of a sentence). She attributed her typing skills to Diboll High School teachers Frances Mead and Ann English-Richardson. Gayle went to state UIL in shorthand and continues to use it today at 250 words per minute. She learned to type on a manual typewriter and remembers when she and Angela Capps Havard were the best and got to type on the only two electric typewriters in the classroom. Do you suppose high school students today even know what a typewriter looks like?
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Gayle Saxton also shared that her little sister, Kathy (Saxton) Bunkley and her husband, Terry, live in Abilene where Kathy is involved with the children’s ministry at their church, Pioneer Baptist. They have two daughters. Mary Lynn is a law student at University of Texas in Austin, and Candace Gayle is a senior at Hardin Simmons, majoring in accounting.
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On Oct. 12 at the rodeo arena in Corrigan there will be a benefit for Taylor Franklin. There will be a trail ride at 9 a.m., from Woodlake to the rodeo arena for $5 per horse. Admission to the benefit is $5 with children under 10 getting in free. Beginning at 1 p.m. kids can enjoy His Little Farm (Jesus) Petting Zoo or participate in the Pig Chase. An auction will begin at 4 p.m. and a baying contest begins at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Terry Mason at 936-635-0518 or Larry Welch at 936-225-0017. Bring the family and enjoy lots of BBQ and drinks.
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Gary Mike Smith is the proud grandfather of Landon Myers Smith, born Sept. 20 in Kilgore. He weighed 5 pounds 2 ounces and already has the nickname “Catfish.” His parents are B.J. (Billy Jack) and Ashley Smith. Congratulations to all!
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Sandra Pouland, owner of Pouland’s Real Estate, contributes this column. Stop by the Round Table or email her at email@example.com or 936-829-4040.