Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Ok, so I have to show you my new apron before I...

This is the reverse side, love the puppy paws pocket...I purchased this...

Preparing for the party...

Steve, Larry & Van...

Janet & Rose, good shot!

Marci & Terry enjoying the guacomole & chips...

Doesn't it look like they're asking "Can we come too?"...

Time to eat!

Brad, time to play...

Steve, Janet & Rose...

A drum set for Van...LOL

Beautiful evening for a campfire...

Nice pic of Steve & Janet...

Bonnie, Trevine & Larry yippin'...

Brad & Bonnie's place in Hot Springs...

Really nice layout...

Two of the chairs & mentioned, those are not throws on the...

And the third chair design, very nice...

Nice deck with spa...

And a hammock too, nice place for a little nap!

What an awesome view from their deck! No neighbors peering in the...


This past Wednesday we invited a small group of friends over for Mexican food and a campfire. We thought it was about time that we extended an invitation as we've been invited to many of their gatherings. I spent Tuesday cooking chickens to make a green chili chicken enchilada casserole and Larry grated a ton of cheese & cut up lots of onion. Our menu included a red beef enchilada casserole, a chili relleno casserole, the green chicken casserole, Mexican rice and beans. Guacamole, salsa and chips and margarita's too of course. Lou contributed a nice salad and cheeseball and Marci baked a wonderful cake and brought two kinds of ice cream to go with it. Oh my, full tummies for sure!

Our meal was postponed a bit, due to the large oven in the 'big house', the largest cabin here at Custer Mountain Cabins & Campground. I had two of the three casseroles in said oven, and apparently after it pre-heats, it turns off & you have to reset the temperature & bake time. Fortunately I went a bit early to check on how things were going and the oven wasn't even on!!! Arghhhh, oh well, we just munched on our snacks a bit longer, chatted & played a beanbag game.

After the meal our guests broke out their guitars. Dick cracked everyone up when he arrived with a couple of buckets, a bowl and sticks for Van, the resident drummer. A Wyler's Lemonade can filled with rice provided an interesting 'shaker' for Rose. Steve & Brad & Bonnie took turns strummin' and singing the majority of the tunes although Van did one as well. The weather was absolutely beautiful the entire evening but the heat from the campfire was welcome toward the end. I hope everyone had a good time, I know Larry & I sure did.

Thursday morning we made the 40 miles drive into Hot Springs to the VA hospital for Larry's final appointment with the orthopedic doc here in SD. New x-rays were taken and the results were pretty much as expected. The break is slowly healing, still in the arterial, fibrous stage with little mineralization yet. On a positive note, Larry can now wear both shoes, preferably hard soled, with caution. No heavy duty hiking or rock climbing of course. As long as walking causes no obvious pain then things are progressing as predicted. If pain returns, then back to the hard, Velcro boot and possible pin surgery. But for now it's a wait & see game and we're looking forward positively. Larry's very happy of course.

After leaving the hospital we went to see Brad & Bonnie's lovely new home up in the hills above Hot Springs. Very nice and what a view! They have a wonderful deck out back with a nice spa. I especially loved three chairs in their living room. Neat backs on them. After visiting a bit we headed over to Wooly's Restaurant for a very tasty lunch before heading home. If you get in this area, we recommend Wooly's for sure. We'll be back to Hot Springs next Saturday. Pleasant Valley Sunday is performing there that evening so we're going to celebrate my birthday with dinner and music. Nice....

http://www.custermountain.com/



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