by Jan Vaughn
Yvonne Weir from Tira, Brenda Allen from Yantis, and Pam Cathey from Como flew into Las Vegas, Nevada on May 1st and rented a car to begin an adventure they called “California Dreaming.” The first night was spent in Beatty, Nevada, where they met two families from France at the local cafe. They began their drive on Tuesday and toured Death Valley. Yvonne commented, “It was much more scenic than we expected.” From there they traveled through the Sequoia National Forest and National Park and report that it was amazing. They report moving on from there to Yosemite National Park, which was already crowded, but so beautiful. Yvonne says, “The waterfalls were plentiful and the rivers were raging due to a drought-relieving winter.” She adds, “We then drove across to Mendocino, where we had fun eating in an Irish pub and staying in a motel that was designed like an old frontier town. We started our drive down Highway 1 with a stop to do laundry and to tour Anchor Point Lighthouse. It was windy and cool next to the ocean. On Saturday we arrived in San Francisco and found it difficult driving up and down the hills .We met up with Pam’s cousin Peter Matthews and his daughter Madison and they took us to Golden Gate Park to a historic restaurant for brunch. They then drove us around to see the sights. We had a great time. The next two nights were spent in Paso De Robles. We really liked that little town. We toured the Hearst castle and went to a beach covered with elephant seals, which were supposedly molting. From there we went back to Las Vegas and spent the night. We took the shuttle to Mandalay Bay and dined at the House of Blues. After losing each other in the casino we were glad to meet up and shuttle back to our hotel. We flew back into Dallas late Wednesday night and drove on home. It was a beautiful trip and we had so much fun with each other.”
Yvonne reports, “Mother’s Day at the Weirs was shared with all the kids except Destri. We had lunch at La Pietra in Cooper and it was excellent. The moms got free mimosas and delicious dessert. Then of course we all went to Justa’s and shopped.”
Our great-grandsons Rylan, Brailon, and Slaiden spent Friday evening and night with us. We always have a good time watching them play. On Saturday Chip, Tiffany, and I went to Broken Bow, Oklahoma for Thomas Vaughn’s high school graduation party. Thomas is the son of Johnny and Cindy Vaughn and grandson of Jim and Sandra Vaughn. Guests were treated to grilled hamburgers and a graduation cake. After the party, we came back by way of Dike, where we went to the fish fry at Community Bible Fellowship Church, which was a fundraiser for their youth camp.
Grace Vaughn, Tiffany, Kenden, and Jaidyn were with us for Mother’s Day lunch. Chip served the mothers (and guests) taco salad and angel food cake with strawberries and whipped topping. John Vaughn came by later that afternoon and took Grace to have dinner with their family.
I’m sure that many families in our community celebrated Mother’s Day. I hope to have more reports next week.
I always need and appreciate input from my friends to help keep me informed of news in our community. If you have any news pertaining to Tira residents, past or present, please contact me, Jan Vaughn, at 903-945-2190 or 903-438-6688 or [email protected].