|The family enjoying roaming the Rollins Mansion grounds|
Yep. I completely blew the time of the service. It happened at 4:00pm and we didn't get there until just past 5:00pm. Oh well........ If you knew anything about my history concerning weddings, funerals, graduations and the like, you wouldn't be surprised. I have had a knack for getting times, places, and other things wrong. Well, this time it wasn't a total miscue. There was to be a dinner and after party held there, so we had that to look forward to. When we arrived, we snuck in the back way, (yes, the entire family), and mingled about the various folk there as if we had been there the entire time. Somewhat saving face and all, I guess.......
Anyway, the wedding party was getting photographed and someone wandering about informed us that we were encouraged to explore the mansion and grounds in the meantime. so, we did just that. Here are some random shots from the place.
|Wedding party photo time|
|My daughter was enamored of the place.|
|I always feel like someone is watching me.....|
|The two shall become as one.....|
|Former co-worker Jonathan (L) and Mike, a customer of the shop.|
|Wedding dance revelry.|
|Probably my favorite image of the weekend- Mrs. Guitar Ted lulling a young reveler to sleep.|
|My son with the new to us tandem|
The entire weekend was something of a vacation for us all. Especially for me. I "unplugged" from just about everything. I resisted checking e-mails and Facebook. (I did a few times) I focused on the people I was with, as much as I could. As I said, many of the people I chatted with I haven't seen in ten years or more. It was good to reconnect. Really good. It was also good to take a break from all the cycling-centric stuff I do. No testing, reviewing, writing, or training. The only time I was on a bicycle all weekend was for the two lap test ride of the tandem around the motel we stayed at with my son.
I even took a vacation from everything Trans Iowa. Maybe that concerned a few of you that sent in post cards and didn't see your name come up on the pages on the site. Well, I have done one update last evening and will do another today to get myself caught back up. If you haven't seen your name, now you know why.
So, that was a great weekend and I am tired and relaxed and ready to go back to the routine with a fresher outlook. It was a good time for the family, and we got a new tool that will hopefully become a thing that will allow us to do an activity I love together. That would be great if it works out that way. We will see. My son thinks he wants to be "Captain" with my daughter on the back. I'm not sure that would work out so well, but you never know.