Sunday, June 05, 2011

From Lake Lure to Olathe, KS

(Here's another report from our international foreign correspondent, Warren Sparrow who, along with his faithful companion and wife Becky, travels all over the world reporting for CHS54.NET )

By Warren Sparrow

Here is a note about our May vacation which took us from Lake Lure to Olathe, KS.

Folks around here do not know much about Olathe. Neither did we until our oldest daughter, her husband and their three children moved there 15 years ago.

Olathe is about a 45-minute drive from downtown Kansas City. It is 140 miles from Joplin, MO. The tornado struck Joplin on Sunday at the time we were en route to our granddaughter Charlotte Peele’s graduation from Olathe Northwest High School. Charlotte has two older sisters who graduated from Kansas State University. Believe it or not, Charlotte is going to KSU, too.

Contrary to what happened in Joplin, things were fine where we were.
 I hope you have as much fun looking at these photos as we had in making them. The first one is of Becky and me at the waterfall near Chimney Rock. THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS was filmed there. The fall is more than 400 feet.

(Left click on pictures to enlarge. -Ed)

The second photo is of the proud grandparents with the graduate at Olathe Northwest High.

The third picture is one of the gym where the graduation happened. There must have been 3,000 cheering for the 400 graduates. We were thrilled to see such a big bird painted on the wall, thinking it was a sparrow. Turns out it is a raven. That is what the Olathe Northwest teams call themselves. I was disappointed.

Hope all is well.