Sylvia Cornett is just home from a great 12-day trip out west.
She joined long-time friend, Marti Fullerton of Savannah, Ga., and they flew from Atlanta to Billings, Mont.
They were met there by friends, Jim and Linda Young, who have a home in Atlanta on Lake Oconee, and also at Red Lodge, Mont.
Sylvia and Marti arrived on Saturday, and the next day, they attended church with the Youngs. That evening, Jim and Linda invited some of the folks from church to join them and their guests for a “low-country boil.”
The next morning, the Youngs took Sylvia and Marti for a VIP tour of the area.
One of their first destinations was Portland, Ore., where Sylvia visited her son, Perry Smith who works there. It was the first time she had seen him in several months.
They traveled through Oregon’s wine country, and went inside a cave, where they saw sea creatures in their natural habitat.
They took a trip through beautiful Yellowstone National Park, and marveled over the herds of buffalo, elk and deer.
Kate DeGaris and Vicki Smith joined other members of the Friendship Force of Birmingham for a trip to Owensboro, Ky., located on the Ohio River.
They enjoyed visiting the Audubon State Park, and the Breckinridge Camp, where Germans were kept prisoner during World War II. The camp has been turned into a museum.
The group also enjoyed visiting Bill Munroe’s home place, and spending an evening at Owensboro’s “Friday after Five,” located on the banks of the Ohio River for superb entertainment.
Kate arrived back home just in time to host her bridge group for play and lunch at beautiful Blue Springs Manor in Vincent.
Places were set and tallies marked for Nelda Copeland, Darla Sherman, Jan Alderman, Georgiana Horton, Sheryl Kittinger, M.J. Stringfellow and Betty Latta.
Sally and Bill Vinson are delighted to have granddaughters, Madelyn Vinson and Margaret Farris of Birmingham to spend a few days with them. Boat riding and rides on the four-wheeler has been favorite pastimes.
The best news Flora and David Bryant have had in a long time is their granddaughter, Lt. Tanyia Bryant arrived at Ft. Hood, Texas, this week after a tour of duty in Iraq!
Tanyia’s father, Mark Bryant drove her car from Bethesda, Md., and met her in Texas.
The Bryant’s grandson, David Sean Tomlin is still on duty in Iraq. His tour will be complete in October.
And in Lincoln
Barbara Brown and her five siblings gather once a year for several days of fun, food and reminiscing. This year they chose Charles ton, S.C.
They visited Old Town and also enjoyed a tour of Charleston’s Magnolia House and its beautiful gardens. Barbara is looking forward to her birthday which is Saturday, Aug. 15. Her brothers and sisters are coming to help her celebrate.