TRIP TO SIOUX FALLS, SD
GOLD RUSH XX
CLASS REUNION AND FAMILY PARTIES JULY 9 - AUGUST 3, 2007
7/9/06 - Monday Hot
Milton and I left Yuba City, CA, at 2:30 pm, Milton riding his motorcycle and I drove the pickup pulling
the trailer. We did not take the motor home as Jay and Shawndel (Lonna's daughter and son-in-law)
had borrowed it for a trip to Oregon. We stayed the first night in Super 8 (with a Jacuzzi) in
Winnemucca, NV, after eating dinner at a casino (2 for 1 prime rib dinner, which was excellent).
There were lots and lots of smoke in Nevada from fires. We could actually see the flames in a fire
7/10/07 - Tuesday 103 degrees
Drove from Winnemucca to Rock Springs, Wyo. Stayed in the last room in town at a Best Western
called Outlaw Inn. It was still very smoky all the way across Nevada, Utah and so far in Wyoming. Saw
a major truck accident between Little America and Rock Springs, which had just happened; however,
there was enough help already stopped, so we didn't stop. Met the Highway patrol cars.
Drove from Rock Springs, WY, to Ellsworth AFB in SD. We had trouble finding our "visitor's quarters";
however, after getting checked in, we beat feet and made it in time for the closing ceremonies at Mt.
Rushmore. Milton was one of them on the stage to help during the lowering of the flag. The
ceremonies are very impressive and I would highly recommend everyone to attend it. We ate dinner
at Ruby's on the way back to Ellsworth at 10:30 pm. We had an excellent room at Ellsworth. So far we
have driven 1,386 miles and tomorrow - on to Watertown, SD (Milton's home town).
South Dakota could certainly use some road improvements. Finally made it to Water-town, ate dinner
at Perkins, and then on to Charlie & Paulette's (Milton's brother) around 6:30 pm.
We met Gayle, Donna, Mark and Audrey (Milton's siblings) for lunch at Perkins. Spent
the afternoon doing a little shopping and in the evening we went to the "Prop" for the
first party of Milton's class reunion.
Milton, Charlie, Gayle & Donna went to visit Aunt Esther. I met them and Mark and .went to the
Reunion Banquet after Milton and his siblings went to church that evening. They had a real good
turnout for the banquet. Excellent food. We had roast beef, pork, chicken, scalloped and mashed
potatoes, corn, green beans, salad and cake with strawberries. Got home around 11:30 pm. The only
entertainment for the evening was an open mike and several got up and told stories on each other.
Paulette had a golf tournament she was in charge of, so there was a lot of activity around the house
until they left. Milton met with some relatives he had not seen in a long time and then we went to
Dennis & Kathy's to pick up our vests. (She sewed some patches on them.) Left for Sioux Falls around
2:30 pm. Arrived at Dr. Jim and Joan Homing's (she is Milton's cousin) home where Al and Joyce Mazon
were already. They have a beautiful home with plenty of room for all of us. We all went to the wel-
coming dinner at the Convention Center where they feed us hamburger steak, which was very good.
We all went to the "Opening Ceremonies." Loud and noisy as usual. Ate lunch of BBQ sandwiches at
the Convention Center and then visited the vendors. The four of us then attended the Lifetime
Member reception at the Falls Cafe. Their hor douvers constituted our dinner. While there, a strong
wind all of a sudden came up and dropped the temperature. John & Irene Lopez competed for "Best
Dressed Couple"; however, they did not win. In the evening they had a Birthday Party Dance, which,
in our opinion, was a dud. We left and went to Dairy Queen for ice cream (so we could beat the
crowd). Joe & Ramona (Milton's brother) had met us around 2:30 pm and joined in on all of the
7/17/08 - Tuesday Hot & Humid
Milton, Al, Joe & Ramona got up early so they could line up in the "Living Logo". Joyce and I met them at
the Original Pancake House for breakfast and help contribute to Region B's contest total. We have a
contest going for which Region can eat the most pancakes, ice cream and ribs. In the afternoon, we went
to the Wild Water West Park, but the cars were not running; the boats had water guns on them and kids
were having fun getting wet, so Joe & I played a round of miniature golf. After eating a hotdog, we left
for the tailgate party at the Honda Dealer where we had hamburgers. We then went to the Canary's
baseball game. (Very hot & humid) Around 9:30, GWTA members started leaving the game so they could
line up for the "Light Parade"; however, just at that time a weather alert was issued for heavy rain &
hail. The storm was about 30 miles away. It was then a mad scramble to get where you needed to be and
get those bikes covered up. We made it back to the
Homing's with about five minutes to spare. It rained hard at their home for about 30",
but no hail.
We slept in today. Milton spent the morning cleaning his bike as he was going to enter it in the bike show.
Al had had a bad night and slept all morning. Still didn't feel good when he finally got up and decided he
should see a doctor. Joan took us to the VA Hospital where Dr. Jim worked, but because of the paper work
and the fact Al was not in the VA system, we took him to the Sanford Hospital ER. The ER doctor decided
to admit Al with a diagnosis of pancrities (sp?) and liver problems. Al had not eaten all day and they
wouldn't feed him as there was a possibility he might have to have surgery, so he was rather cranky.
Milton took his bike to the "Bike Show", but because of the rainy weather and possible bad storm, they had
upped the "Bike Show" time so Milton lost out all the way around (except he did have a clean bike). Joyce
& I ate at the hospital while Milton went with Dr. Jim and Joan to an Italian restaurant. We didn't get to
attend any GWTA activity today.
They did a major scope job on Al today; however, they did not find any stones in his bile duct or common
duct. I took Joyce to the hospital and then went to the closing ceremonies with Milton. Milton had
attended the "Chapter Olympics" meeting and "Battle of the Regions." We ate dinner at Dairy Queen and
then Milton picked up Gill Bell's trailer (Gill had had a heart attack on the way to the Rally and had been
transferred to Sanford Hospital also. He was on 3 rd floor and Al was on the 6th floor.) We then delivered Al
and Joyce's car to John and Char Hunruth so Char could drive it home. Al was in no shape to drive and it
was too far for Joyce to drive. They will ride with me in the pickup.
Al had a cat scan today, but still no stones found. Milton went back to Watertown to pick up our trailer we
had left at his brothers and to spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday with his family. They had planned a
family reunion on Sunday. I stayed in Sioux Falls to help Joyce and Al (Al was still in the hospital). While
getting ready to go to the hospital Friday morning, Joyce decided to pass out and have a seizure. We
called 911 and took her to the same hospital as Gill and Al by ambulance. The same ER doctor treated her
that had treated Al. She was not admitted into the hospital but did spend the whole day in the ER. Her
problem was getting her pills all mixed up and not taking the correct dosage. I kept running up to the 6 th
floor to keep Al apprised of Joyce's condition. Having them all in the same hospital made visiting a little
easier for me. That night Joyce and I ate dinner at a real good Italian restaurant.
7/21/07 - Saturday
Joyce is doing much better. I have taken charge of her pills and making sure she takes them. Al needs to
have his gall bladder removed. His counts are still too high, but are trending down. Milton still in
7/22/07 - Sunday
Al was discharged from the hospital after we promised the doctors we would fly them home. His counts
are still high, but still trending down. He is to have his gall bladder out within two weeks of getting home.
On way to Dr. Jim and Joan's, we stopped so Al could get some ice cream. He and Joyce had a banana
split. For dinner we had some excellent spareribs at Ruddy's. We took the left-overs home for Dr. Jim;
however, their son, Ross, ate them before Dr. Jim got home.
7/23/07 - Monday
Packed the pickup and motorcycle and headed for Omaha. We finally found the airport and only had to
make one "U" turn. After getting Al and Joyce on the airplane, we headed for North Platte. Ate dinner
(our only meal today) at Cracker Barrel and then drove all the way to North Platte arriving
approximately 10:30 pm. Great weather, but a long, hard day (week).
7/24/07 - Tuesday
While Milton got a hair cut, I did some shopping at Wal-Mart. Made a fruit salad for the "cousins'
party" that evening. Had a real good time at the cousins' party at Larry and Mary's (Lonna's brother);
however, the party broke up early because cousin Beryl & Gayle received a phone call that they had
some cows out. Since we were through eating, everyone decided to leave. Mike, Gladys & kids came
over to Bill's (Lonna's brother) for a visit when we got home (we were staying at Bill & Sharron's). All
of the crops around here look real good; however, they could still use some rain, which they have not
had for two or three weeks.
7/25/07 - Wednesday Hot & muggy
Uncle Bill took a bunch of boys to camp and brought back a bunch of girls. He had to be back at 3:30
pm as we had an appointment to see a duplex he was interested in buying. Went to lunch with Sharon
at a Mongolian BBQ. That evening we had a picnic in the park with Uncle Larry and Mary; Uncle Bill
and Sharron; Chris (Lonna's niece) and her kids. Before eating the kids chased a bunch of Canadian
geese. After eating Grandpa (Bill) let the kids ride the rides and then we all had some great ice cream.
7/26/07 - Thursday Hot & muggy
Unloaded the trailer and washed out the deep freeze. Bill and Sharron left for a retreat for the
Church. We moved over to Larry and Mary's. Mary fixed us steak, fruit salad, cucumbers, tomatoes &
cake for dinner, all of which was excellent.
7/27/07 - Friday Cooler, muggy & cloudy
Went to breakfast with the Class of '58. Developed pictures. Visited the farm and paid for our beef.
Worked on Larry and Mary's yard all afternoon. We put a brick edge all around her flower beds. Mary
fixed us meat loaf for dinner.
7/28/07 – Saturday rained all day. Basically did nothing all day except laundry.
7/29/07 - Sunday
After Church, we helped Larry take down about one-half of a mile of fence along the
road as they were going to widen the shoulder and he had to move the fence back.
Attended Mattie Rumery's funeral. Did laundry and packed for our trip home.
Picked up the meat and headed for California. We only used about 4 or 5 of the coolers we had taken
because the deep freeze held most of the meat. Spent the night in Rock Springs, Wyo.
8/1/07 - Wednesday
Drove to Winnemucca, NV, and spent the night. We visited the Bonneville Salt Flats
on the way across the Great Salt Lake.
8/2/07 - Thursday
Last leg of our journey. Milton went down on his motorcycle at the top of Donner Summit. Spent the
rest of the day getting the bike down the mountain and visiting the Truckee Hospital. Skip Paquette
came up on his motorcycle and took Gill Bell's trailer to Sacramento. Shawndel and Jennifer (two of
our daughters) came up and drove the pickup home with the meat as we didn't know how long we
would be in Truckee. We ended up staying all night in Truckee at a motel, finally getting out of the
hospital around 10:00 pm. Milton ended up with major abrasions on his arms and knees and a cracked,
left wrist. Otherwise, the only other major injury was to his pride.
After visiting the motorcycle at the junk yard in Truckee and retrieving all personal
items, we finally made it HOME!!!