Sunday, July 8, 2007

My birthday surprise

When I came back from the cabin yesterday morning, Cliff had some surprise plans for my birthday:  Load up the motorcycle with tent, air mattress, and a lunch for on the road, and head up to Pershing State Park.  Once camped, he said, we'd hunt up a steak dinner twenty miles away in Chillicothe, the original home of sliced bread.

We no more than got our tent set up until Cliff's sister called his cell:  She and hubby were out cruising on their Harley, and they decided to join us for supper.  They arrived less than an hour after calling.

Anyone who has ever camped in Missouri State parks knows that raccoons will raid coolers and tents looking for food.  So we kept all food in Cliff's motorcycle, in the upper storage compartment.  Wouldn't you know the blasted varmints went climbing all over our Honda?  Footprints were EVERYWHERE.

We took my daughter's propane camp stove along, so we had good coffee this morning, and were able to heat water for instant oatmeal.

And we were home by 10 AM today.

Cliff would much rather have been home, so he made the supreme sacrifice by taking me on a motorcycle ride/camping trip.  Thanks for the happy birthday, Cliff!

There are three more pictures I took this morning as we left the park on my Blogger site, and I will also have a Wordless Wednesday entry there from our travels. when the time comes.

(Luckiest day ever or not, the lottery thing didn't pay off.  LOL.)


amy122389 said...

I so love the stuff you guys do together....  :-D


lanurseprn said...

What a fun Bday surprise!! How do you fit all that camping stuff on the motorcycle?? I enjoyed your pictures.

ktkamanski said...

I know what you mean - my b-day was yesterday as well (no winning ticket here either). Your day and night sounds like the kinda time I enjoy! Sorry for the invasion. Hope your today is a Happy one!

geocachelinda66 said...

Happy Birthday!  At least it wasn't a bear walking on the bike!  :)  Linda

madcobug said...

Sounds like a great Birthday treat to me. The deer was beautiful and I like the shot where all four legs were drawn up in that leap. The sunset was so pretty and so were the fireworks. You did good on taking all those pictures. Helen

bookncoffee said...

Oh that was a wonderful idea Cliff had and I hope you all had a great time.  That was neat.  I can't believe those raccoons would get on the motor bike.  That is wild.  How on earth did they get up there?  LOL.
Ok I have got to go check out the other blog.

magran42 said...

Enjoyed the "Hale" pun.

karlaellen said...

Happy 63rd Birthday a day late.
I will be 63 next month.
It is nice to be able to go on all the outings
with you (thru pictures)

marainey1 said...

What a great birthday gift!  You know I love camping and to me that would be a great gift too !  Wordless Wednesday???  I'll be watching for the entry!  Happy Happy Birthday!  'On Ya' - ma

luvmort said...

That sounds like great fun!  Good for you, dahling!

loisontheweb said...

  LUCKY YOU ... birthday surprise AND a motorcycle expedition! (AND steak!)  Raccoons can do everything except fly to get a treat ... sometimes you'd think they can do that too.