Location: Indiana & Illinois
Host: Lost4Eternity/TanyaDates: September 2-12, 2009
George comes to Northern Indiana looking forward to seeing some great sites. His host Tanya did a fantastic job taking him to the following places: In nearby Chicago Illinios, the Silver Bean in Millenium Park, The Sears/Willis Tower, Navy Pier and The Magnificent Mile. In Indiana they went to the Dunes, Lake Michigan, and a historical site in Griffith Indiana where there is an army tank and some significant railroad yards.
But unfortunately, according to Murphy's Law, "Everything that can go wrong will go wrong".
When uploading all the great pictures from the camera to the computer, a
technical malfunction occurred and all but 3 pictures were LOST. So here they are; Near I-64 & Wrigley's
field in Chicago and with his lovely host, Tanya.
Dates: September 14-21, 2009
Sunday, George takes a trip to Starved Rock State
Park near Oglesby to sight
see and do some hiking.
realize that rocks get hungry.
the visitor's center, he sees a section of an Elm tree that was growing
in the 1800's and even had a bullet from the Civil War embedded in it.
becomes distracted at the fish tank.
checks out one of the displays and
thinks that the Illinois Indians had strange
hiking for a while, George takes a break to admire the view
of the Illinois
River and the tall sandstone bluffs.
Lost Pepper Girl
and her son sit and rest with George, because this
hiking is hard work.
Along the way, George finds a really cool stone bridge and
then spends some time climbing
around on the sandstone cliffs.
the way back from Starved Rock, they come upon a couple of curious signs.
Monday, George goes to work with Lost Pepper Girl and
guards her drink for
her. Because he did such a good job,
he gets to sit in her chair.
work, they head over to Metamora where Abraham Lincoln often
is excited that the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales are there and poses next
to one of many huge trailers and then with the Clydesdale horses themselves.
comes full circle with his visit when he once again heads off to another
He also visits a family friend Sandy.
She is a French teacher.
says, "Je me demande si elle est un fan PERDU."
Translation~ "I wonder if she is a LOST fan."
After all of the places that George visited, he was glad to spend some
time at Lost Pepper Girl's home with her family. He played chess with Caleb
and picked out Lost episodes with Peppers husband,
known on the boards as
Lost Stranger. And
George has a little fun with Caleb's Lego plane and takes
a ride on his Lego electric train.
such a fun and busy week, it's time for George to relax in a nice bath
and make himself all spiffy for his trip to Kentucky and beyond.
Location: Kentucky & North Carolina
Host: Mountains Gandalf/Mel
Dates: September 22nd - October 20th
comes to Kentucky to visit Mel, but darn it, Murphy and his law followed.
Though Mel was a wonderful and loving host
and took care of George well,
she was unable to take him out site seeing in her
In her house he was nice and cozy on a beautiful star quilt Mel's grandmother made.
all go out for a day at the beach.
George loves it and realizes
how awesome it is that he has now seen both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans.
poses with some interesting bear sized things, including a model ship of the
C.S.S Colonel Lamb. It's a Confederate blockade runner ship from 1864.
also posed with a couple of great looking statues. A classic tree trunk carving
of an Indian
chief and another piece of work that reminds him of the "Boys Town"
statue George had seen in Nebraska.
leaving North Carolina to continue his journey,
George spots a beautiful
rainbow; a great sight for any bear.
He had a fantastic time with Mel, Donna, Bailey and David.