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Lonsberry Summer Part 2

Lonsberry Summer Part 2

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    On vacation, we stopped in Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy, at a Waffle House. I had my hash browns capped, stacked and chopped -- with grits and butter on the side.
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    If the Flood of '72 hadn't bankrupted the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad, this where I would have spent my working life. -- onb a freight train. On vacation, we went to a family reunion and rode on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.
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    Mommy and the kids taking in the beauty of North Carolina.
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    Young Jack on the caboose rail.
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    From the caboose platform, Robbie peered out at the passing scenery.
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    What they were looking at.
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    Four railroaders oversee the coupling.
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    While in North Carolina for a family reunion, we went to Santa's Playland in Cherokee. Here, mom and the boys ride Santa's train. That's cousin Jada up there with the engineer.
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    Young Jack at Santa's Playland, on a playground carousel that OSHA hasn't found yet.
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    Political correctness has not yet gotten to Santa's Playland.
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    addle boats in 100% humidity is always fun.
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    The attack of the killer koi.
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    His wallet is on a chain connected to his belt.
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    Jack, 5, just beginning to realize that going around in circles isn't that much fun.
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    This would be tolerable, except for the guy in the back seat.
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    Has anyone seen my pacifier?
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    Even he is getting bored.
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    Poor white trash vacation. You drive 700 miles to stay next to a river exactly like the one you have back home. Here is our hero near Silva, North Carolina.
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    On the way to our family reunion, we stopped at the New River gorge in West Virginia. Here, three tourist kids take in the sights.
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    A paper from suburban Pittsburgh. Only noteworthy because, actually, the guy was only ACCUSED of killing his roommate.
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    Aubrey and Alex Tahou on the first day of business at the new Nick Tahou's on West Henrietta Road. The Garbage Plate goes on the road to a whole new community.
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    An all-American dinner at the Texas Cafe in Hornell. I ate here when I was these kids' age.
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    My beehive.
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    Jack, Mommy, Ellie and Robbie, picking blueberries at Stone Hill Farm in Arkport.
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    Little Robbie over his head in blueberries.
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    I think the people at Ridge Donut should have to clean this. They made the cupcake, after all.
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    The flying Lonsberrys at the Puerto Rican Festival 5k. Hannah, left, was third in her age group and Sophie, second from right, was second in hers.
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    For little Robbie's second birthday, we went out for golf and go-carts at Minnehan's in Lakeville. It was our first mini-golf outing with the little kids. Amazingly, nothing got broken.
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    Sophie and Aubrey and the local Mormon missionaries.
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    We took the course by storm.
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    Little Robbie on the links.
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    No ball in here.
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    If this cake looks anything like a copyrighted product of the Walt Disney company, it is a complete coincidence.
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    As part of the birthday fun, we rode around in go-carts. Here, Jack and mom whoop it up behind the wheel.
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    Uh oh. Aubrey seems to have missed the turn.
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    Sophie "Hotfoot" Lonsberry thunders around the track.
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    Barely visible next to Aubrey is the birthday boy, little Robbie.
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    A cluster of Lonsberrys on the Minnehan's Super Speedway. Princess Bride and Jack on the inside, Aubrey challenging for the lead, and Sophie sucking exhaust.
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    The key to driving is always knowing where the camera is. Unfortunately, that's also the key to crashing.
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    Young Jack coming out of Turn 3 at the Minnehan Motor Speedway.