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Oct 18, 2016 by Bonnie

On the Road Again

We are back on the road! Well, for a bit anyway. Most of you probably know that Mom Joyce passed away peacefully on September 19. We were glad to have her with us for seven months, and even though we thought it would be longer, we are glad that she is no longer suffering and is with her dear husband and older son. We are spending a few weeks in Michigan to visit Dave’s and Laura’s families and to scatter Mom Joyce’s ashes on Dad Joyce’s grave at White Chapel in Troy.

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Oct 15, 2015 by Arthur

TFC Homecoming 2015-

The native culture called Toccoa Falls “the beautiful.” It is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College, our alma mater, where we lived early in our marriage, in a mobile home park on the college grounds. After three wonderful years, in 1975, we both graduated from the college.

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Aug 21, 2015 by Bonnie

A Thumb or a Finger?

It all depends on your perspective.

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Aug 21, 2015 by Arthur

Up, Down, and Around

Traveling through Chicago to get to the East coast of Wisconsin is not a whole lot of fun. But once through, the trip was delightful and filled with new adventures.

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Jul 22, 2015 by Arthur

Kicks on Route 66

From Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA, the Mother Road (the name many refer to when they talk of Route 66) meanders though lazy towns and memories of the past. And for those who can remember days gone by and a simpler time in family life, it’s indeed a trip down memory lane.

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Jul 13, 2015 by Bonnie

Robbed but not Ruined

In our travels, we have found that the vast majority of the people we have met, including police officers, are pleasant, polite, interesting and helpful. For example, just now, as I was writing this, sitting in a lovely pavilion overlooking a lighthouse on Lake Michigan, a man and his dog “Rosie” stopped by to chat, while out for their morning walk. But in St. Louis, we met one person who was none of the above, and his actions have wounded, but not defeated us.

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Dec 20, 2014 by Bonnie

Christmas Letter 2014

The Joyces have landed! Well, temporarily at least. After 21 months away from our house, we are now spending some time at home, which feels good. It seems very luxurious to have running water—HOT running water, an electric stove with four burners, a refrigerator that actually keeps things from spoiling, and central heat and air! We are living in the lap of luxury!

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Oct 02, 2014 by Arthur

Colored Leaves, Part 2

Leaving Vermont we headed a little north and then west across New York and Canada to Michigan. Heading south out of Michigan we continued to see many areas where fall was continuing its magic of transforming green clorophyl into golden reds and brilliant yellows.

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Sep 29, 2014 by Arthur

Colored Leaves, Part 1

(No, our van didn’t look back and turn into a pillar of stones. This is just one of the interesting things we encountered on our “van trek” into Vermont). It has always been a desire of Bonnie’s to be able to be in Vermont during the season of colored leaves. But, the timing was never just right nor was it convenient for us to make that trip from Tennessee to the hills of Vermont at just the right time to enjoy the changing of green leaves to colored leaves.

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Aug 01, 2014 by Bonnie

Mazza Museum of Children’s Book Illustrators

On our way back to Michigan from the Creation Museum in Kentucky, we stopped at Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio. This unusual museum is on the campus of the University of Findlay, and is the first and largest teaching museum in the world specializing in collecting original works by the most distinguished and honored illustrators of children’s books. It began with four artworks in 1982, and has increased to over 8,000 pieces today.

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Jul 30, 2014 by Arthur

The Wright Brothers were Right

Dayton is a town with many attractions, although it’s also a town whose history has often been forgotten.

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Jul 27, 2014 by Bonnie

Creation Museum in Kentucky

Answers in Genesis’ Creation Museum near Florence, Kentucky, is probably the most unusual museum that we have ever visited. Topnotch exhibits (Disney World quality) present an entertaining, yet also compelling, argument for young earth creationism.

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Jul 24, 2014 by Arthur

Mackinac Bridge

The Mackinac Bridge is currently the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world. It is also the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere. The bridge connects the lower peninsula with the upper peninsula of Michigan. The bridge opened to traffic on November 1, 1957 and is five miles long.

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Jul 23, 2014 by Arthur

Tahquamenon Falls

The Upper Tahquamenon Falls is the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Up to 50,000 gallons of water per second are propelled 50 feet down into the river below, sustaining a thunderous roar in the heart of an otherwise peaceful Michigan state park. In winter, the power of the falls is halted, frozen and preserved in the breathtaking beauty of crystalized water columns.

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May 04, 2014 by Arthur

Natchez Trace Parkway

If you’re looking for a scenic drive where the pace is relaxed and the views are truly calming, I would encourage you to consider the Natchez Trace. You won’t find any amusement parks or tourist resorts along the way, but you will find yourself refreshed when you arrive at your destination.

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