Another Midwest Round-Up - Another Midwest Adventure - Part One
Jun. 10, 2012 5:24 am
Updated: Jun. 28, 2012 6:35 pm
Aah... another day in the Midwest. Wait - not just another day. It's Thursday and I'm prepping for the arrival of Sparkle Britches (a/k/a Lady Sparkle, a/k/a she's the Thelma to my Louise), Mike Harvey and his wife Linda. We're all heading to the 3rd Annual
Midwest Round-Up graciously hosted again by Cat Hill near Kansas City, MO. It's no secret that there has been a lot of talk back and forth regarding Mike Harvey and his travel arrangements and some smack talk about riding in the trunk. Now I'm not one to put
on airs, but I did want Mike to feel comfortable. So I carefully prepared a spot for him.
Let it not be said that I don't take care of my guests. A comfy pillow, a rug (just like the kind you had to lay on in kindergarten), some snacks and water. What more could a guy want? And bungee cords if he misbehaved and wound up strapped to the roof
of the car.
And so when the intrepid trio arrived at my home Thursday evening, I was ready! And I think Mike was pleasantly surprised at his deluxe accommodations.
Friday morning - 4:00 a.m. (That's not a typo folks...) My dear hubby's alarm goes off at 4:00 for him to head to work. Shortly thereafter the rest of the house started to awake so we decided to make an early departure. 6:00 a.m. and we're on the road
(with Mike properly ensconced in the trunk). We did have to pull over and check Mike's noggin to be sure he didn't hit it on the trunk lid when I hit the deer carcass on the interstate. Can we say "eewwww...." Stopping in Hannibal, MO we ate at the Mark Twain
Dinette, had a wonderful breakfast and appetizers. Appetizers? At breakfast? Sparkle Britches - she has some great ideas. 1/2 foot of onion rings dancing on a pole (wait a minute that doesn't exactly sound PG rated). BTW, they were amazing. But I digress...
we forged ahead to Kearney, MO where we met Candice and Christine for Oregon. Checked into the hotel and then on to Cat Hill's for some absolutely wonderful appetizers. Pickled beets, prosciutto wrapped melon, goat cheese dip, chicken salad-type spread but
made wild turkey (yum!), and stuffed morel mushrooms on toast points. Alas we would have stayed longer, but our other mission for the trip was the Relay for Life in Kearney. The six of us were going to participate and our AR peeps did not disappoint. Mike,
our fearless leader, made his goal of $1,000 thanks to all the generous contributions of our friends here at AR. Like I've said before, "it's all about the peeps". You are amazing!
As part of each Relay for Life, a lighting of the luminaries ceremony is held. A tribute to cancer survivors and a memorial to those that fought their battle, but have passed on. It's why in the distant bleachers an outline of the word "HOPE" was lit in luminaries
and then changed to the word "CURE". Awesome...
And speaking of awesome, I turned to the grandstands and coming down the stairs was someone who looked kind of familiar. Closer she came and she looked very familiar. The hair... the clothes... it can't be... wait for it... it is!!! mauigirl's surprise arrival
from Vegas!!! I thought I was seeing things! She traveled far and wide to make it to the Midwest - long, long hours at airports. Sheesh! We were thrilled!
The next day we sent to Cat Hill's for the Round-Up. Mike, Linda, Lady Sparkle, Candice, Christine & I had all seen mauigirl by that time, so we were all excited for the big surprise for when she arrived at Cat's. The premise was that mauigirl was supposed
to have had flowers delivered to Cat's and believe me, she was ticked that they hadn't shown up yet. So I called out to Cat that the flowers were here, come to the door. Hiding behind the flowers, mauigirl handed them to Cat and said that it was pretty hard
to find the house. Cat gratefully accepted the flowers, but had a somewhat confused look on her face.
Aha... she get's it...
And on that note... I leave you to continue the festivities at the 3rd Annual Midwest Round-Up. Part 2 to follow!!!