FRIDAY JUNE 30 - TO GRAHAM, TX
This morning I left Brookston around 10:30 and headed for Graham via Gainesville and Jacksboro. It was a nice drive all the way but my favorite section was Texas 59 between Saint Jo and Jacksboro. Daisy and I traveled through rolling hills with lots of trees of many species interspersed with large meadows of prairie grass.
During my visit with Bill and Lillie, we had to plan around their work schedules. Bill works 8:00 to 12:00 Monday through Friday and Lillie works 4:00 to 10:00 Friday through Tuesday. However, she will not be doing this much longer, as she has started the retirement process. After one more week, she will get to be a bum like me.
SUNDAY, JULY 2 -- LAKE POSSUM KINGDOM
This afternoon Bill and Lillie took me out to Lake Possum Kingdom, which is about 20 miles from Graham. We ate a late lunch at The Lighthouse Restaurant. We had a good view of the lake from the dining room which, surprisingly, was packed. Then we drove around a bit before going home.
TUESDAY, JULY 4 -- INDEPENDENCE DAY IN SMALL TOWN, USA
Since Bill had to work today until noon, Lillie and I walked the few blocks from their house to the courthouse square to watch the parade. It had been sprinkling earlier so we took umbrellas; but we didn't need them after all. We enjoyed a good view of the parade from the steps of a health agency, which used to be the Methodist Church. Some of the stained glass windows remain.
Just before the parade started, there was a fly-over of jets in the missing man formation. Also a single plane flew back and forth over town several times. I could not tell what kind it was. The parade included an old police car and several old fire engines, as well as some horse-drawn vehicles. Several little boys drove their miniature cars and there were some little girls doing cartwheels down the street.
As Lillie and I started walking back home after the parade, Bill found us. We went to a popular barbeque restaurant for lunch.