Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I'm back

I just returned from a meandering trip with my brother to Colorado and back calculated to arrive there, in Longmont, in time for my uncle's 92nd birthday. Uncle Vic, Rev. Victor W. Skaggs, is our father's younger brother and the last member of that generation of our family still living. He has served all of his adult life in Christian ministry, in the pastorate and in the education of pastors, and he continues today to lead bible studies where he lives. Our time with him [and with cousins] was thoroughly enjoyable, sharing memories and learning a great deal of family history. Uncle Vic has one of the most infectious laughs I have ever experienced and every subject inspires him to recollect stories about himself, family and others - most of them seemingly about mishaps and misadventures.

On the way back we stopped in Abilene to visit the Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Library; in Fulton, Missouri, to tour the Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College where the great man delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946 [my brother, on the left, adopts an appropriate pose in the garden next to the museum]; in downtown St. Louis; and in Mark Twain's home town, Hannibal, Missouri. At almost every stop along the way we were able to enjoy good food and drink.

Much of the scenery along the way looked very much like that in the picture below.