Masterpiece Smiles August/September 2019



Renaissance READER


Susie and I have a tried and true method for beating the heat. We get out of Dodge. Travel is one of our great joys in life for a number of reasons. Over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to travel to many places and create incredible memories together. Getting away from the extreme weather is great, but arriving at a new destination is even better. We’ve developed a particular love for the Pacific Northwest. It’s a part of the world where you can be in a huge city, drive 10 miles, and feel like you’re in another world entirely. We’ve been to Vancouver, Seattle, Coeur D’Alene, Park City, Jackson Hole, and probably a few other places I’m forgetting. While these locations aren’t too far from one another geographically, they’re each distinct in so many ways. I don’t think we’ve ever had two trips that were alike, and we’ve had adventures we could never imagine here at home. When we were at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, we had the chance to get up close and personal with some grizzly bears. After arriving at the park for a bicycle trip, the guides advised us to go on a little hike to stretch our legs. We’d all arrived from long flights, and it was a good idea to warm up before we got on our bikes.

I don’t think I remember experiencing a summer with stranger weather. During May, we had record rainfall throughout the state. For a 30-day period, Tulsa had the most rain in the nation, even more than Miami. If that weren’t enough, July produced a heatwave. A few weeks ago, I looked at the thermostat and it read 97 degrees. If that isn’t balmy enough for you, the heat index was 110.

It was a very special day getting to celebrate this beautiful girl’s birthday! She is going places with that smile!

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