Whitewater, the San Diego Chicken, Lightening Strikes, and a city filled with Vespas

July 31, 2008

I tried to update my blog earlier this week – but for some peculiar reason my computer shut down unexpectedly.  It’s worked fine since that frustrating moment, but nonetheless it delayed this post.

Last Friday, Rhonda and I set out on a whirlwind 33 hour adventure with some friends. 

6:45 AM – An early start but by midday we should be on the Ocoee River.

12:30 PM – After some quick instructions – they let us loose with a helmet and a paddle (and an experienced river guide).

12:30-4 PM – Did everything that the guide told me to do.  I have a strong preference for staying inside of the raft.

5:30 PM – A warm shower and a tasty meal.

7:15 PM – We’re a few minutes late to the ballpark.  The local minor-league team is already down by two runs.  The highlight of the evening was the appearance of the San Diego Chicken.  I forgot my camera – it was a missed opportunity.

Midnight – Lightening strikes our house – only we don’t know it because we’re not there.

11 AM – Drove to downtown Chattanooga to view an event known as Amerivespa.  It was very cool.

3:45 PM – Return home to discover that lightening struck the biggest tree in our yard (I think that’s the general trend in lightening strikes) and jumps to the house for a quick jolt.  We’re pleased that the house didn’t burn to the ground.  The only damage beyond the tree was a frazzled air-conditioning system.  We experienced several days of less than pleasing temperatures – but as of yesterday – everything was back to normal.

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3 Responses to “Whitewater, the San Diego Chicken, Lightening Strikes, and a city filled with Vespas”

  1. Laurie said

    MMM Lupis pizza. Since I sent you there it has been on my mind. We are headed that way next weekend for a trip of our own. River and Pizza! Yippee!!!!!

  2. what a fun trip. Glad you all were able to get away for a short period, anyway! 🙂

    Really glad the house is okay. Give Rhonda my love!

  3. Hope you guys are getting some cold air pumping again. I still remember losing a tree to lightning as a kid.

    Glad you guys got away for a bit.

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