We stopped in Jamestown on our way to Erie and had lunch with Sue's sister, Dottie, and her husband, Dave. We enjoyed having the chance to see them. Meanwhile the hunt for Bucky continued very near their home. He was captured that evening around 8:00 p.m.
We arrived at Hill's Family Campground near Erie on Friday afternoon and picked up race materials early Saturday afternoon. My sister, Charlene, and her daughter and son-in-law, Mandy and Mark, joined us around 3:00 and my brother, Bob, and his wife, Patty, joined us shortly thereafter. Bob and Patty returned to Cleveland late Saturday evening, but the other three spent the night in a camping cabin at Hill's.
Sunday was the Erie Marathon. Presque Isle State Park or, as we always called it, The Peninsula, is a beautiful park on Lake Erie with many sandy beaches plus bike and walking trails. It is much improved over the already great place where our family spent considerable time in the 1950s. The race proved more difficult than I had hoped and I finished in the same time as the other three marathons (photos). Sue was there to greet me with sweat clothes, food and water (she also took the pictures). Char and her family were there at the finish (photo). While they waited for the race to finish they had a little time to visit one of the beaches (photo).
On Monday we drove to Geneva-0n-the-Lake, OH to have lunch with our friends Dee and Ken Davis. We had a good time visiting with them and look forward to seeing them in Florida in January.
Monday evening we had a great time when the King family came to visit us in the See Ya. Tom, Gary, Bev and Patty are all progeny of my mother's sister Irene and her husband, Ray King. We had a wonderful time catching up on happenings over the past ten years or so and reminiscing about the fifty years prior to that. We had such a good time I forgot to take pictures!
It rained this morning, but stopped long enough for Sue, Arnie and I to head back to the Peninsula for some beach time (photo). The rock piles and jetties that you see in the photo are part of the State, City, and Corp of Engineers efforts to offset the assaults of Lake Erie on the Peninsula.
Before our visit to the beach Sue visited Weightwatchers (photo) as she does every month in maintaining her lifetime membership. While she attended the meeting, I drove around town visiting spots from my youth including the house on Evanston Avenue (photo) where I spent many of my growing up years.
We leave for the Pittsburgh area in the morning.