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.
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.
Mommy and the kids taking in the beauty of North Carolina.
Young Jack on the caboose rail.
From the caboose platform, Robbie peered out at the passing scenery.
What they were looking at.
Four railroaders oversee the coupling.
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.
Young Jack at Santa's Playland, on a playground carousel that OSHA hasn't found yet.
Political correctness has not yet gotten to Santa's Playland.
addle boats in 100% humidity is always fun.
The attack of the killer koi.
His wallet is on a chain connected to his belt.
Jack, 5, just beginning to realize that going around in circles isn't that much fun.
This would be tolerable, except for the guy in the back seat.
Has anyone seen my pacifier?
Even he is getting bored.
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.
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.
A paper from suburban Pittsburgh. Only noteworthy because, actually, the guy was only ACCUSED of killing his roommate.
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.
An all-American dinner at the Texas Cafe in Hornell. I ate here when I was these kids' age.
Jack, Mommy, Ellie and Robbie, picking blueberries at Stone Hill Farm in Arkport.
Little Robbie over his head in blueberries.
I think the people at Ridge Donut should have to clean this. They made the cupcake, after all.
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.
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.
Sophie and Aubrey and the local Mormon missionaries.
We took the course by storm.
Little Robbie on the links.
No ball in here.
If this cake looks anything like a copyrighted product of the Walt Disney company, it is a complete coincidence.
As part of the birthday fun, we rode around in go-carts. Here, Jack and mom whoop it up behind the wheel.
Uh oh. Aubrey seems to have missed the turn.
Sophie "Hotfoot" Lonsberry thunders around the track.
Barely visible next to Aubrey is the birthday boy, little Robbie.
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.
The key to driving is always knowing where the camera is. Unfortunately, that's also the key to crashing.
Young Jack coming out of Turn 3 at the Minnehan Motor Speedway.