Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Here is Louise at the trail marker at the Red Star Ridge in Palo Duro Canyon. We were hiking on the Givens,Spicer & Lowery trail  on April 1,2012.


Took this shot of a lizard on a hike in Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

Moly Mine

This picture shows Dave standing at the mouth of the Moly Mine. It was the third hike to find the mine and it was finally located.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

SS. Peter and Paul, Midnight Mass, Choir

Midnight mass December 24th, 2010

Saints Peter & Paul was founded in 1846 and is the oldest established parish in DuPage County. The parish was originally established as St. Raphael's, after the given name of its pastor, Rev. Raphael Rainaldi. The first church served 25 families, and was a small frame structure with a lean-to attached to the south side, which served as both sacristy and priest's residence. This church was built on the west side of Front Street (Ellsworth) and faced east.

Christmas Eve, 2010

On Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 1922, the church was completely destroyed by a fire that still remains the worst in Naperville's history. Out of the ashes, the 350 families that comprised Saints Peter & Paul parish at that time, built the magnificent church we have today.

Christmas Eve, 2010

The new rectory was completed in the fall of 1996. Because of the growing needs of Saints Peter and Paul, the new parish Ministry Center was dedicated in 1999. This building houses all the parish offices, the religious education offices, space for meetings and the parish auditorium/chapel. The parish now serves over 4,000 families.
Tom Wibbels Choir Director

Tonight (Christmas Eve) it was snowing, and the roads were pretty slippery so we headed out a bit early, so as not to be late. At 11:00 pm the choir began singing, those who ventured out and made it to SS. Peter & Paul were treated to some wonderful choral music. According to my son Karl, the choir was "sounding fantastic", he took some photos including those which you see above and also created a short slide show which you can see below.

Below is a video of Choir Director, Tom Wibbels at the organ, (video shot with Karl's iPhone on December 26th). Enjoy!

** Please note that any videos that appear after our video are randomly generated by YouTube and have absolutely nothing to do with our post about Christmas 2010.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance

Can't believe it has been so long since we had a posting but here goes.

The weekend of July23,24 and 25 we traveled to Auburn Hills, MI with our older son Steve to attend the Meadow Brook Concours de Elegance said to be the second most perstigious car show in the US. This is the second time Steve has been invited to the show.

In 1995 he showed his 1941 Chrysler T&C Station Wagon and this year he was invited to show both the 1941 and the 1946 T&C Convertible. The 1946 is an original condition vehicle so he was surprised that he was asked to show the car.

We left Naperville on Friday the 23rd and headed for Auburn Hills a suburb of Detroit. It was a very hot day and with no AC the drive was not too pleasant. Then to top it off the last 100 or so miles were accomplished in very,very heavy rain. (The woodies would have come in handy had the roads flooded.) Saturday was spent washing the cars between rain storms and getting the lay of the land between the hotel and show field at Oakland University.Sunday we awoke to more rain but drove the cars to the showfield. On the way the rain stopped and after the cars were dried off the day turned beautiful with a nice breeze for the show. Since the Chrylser Woodies were featured cars we had a nice turnout of 10 T&Cs for the enjoyment of the spectators. The show was great and we had a chance to visit with a group of friends at dinner.

Monday we headed back home on a very nice day with thumbs up from passing cars and a mini car show at a rest stop. The trip was accomplished without problems which is a tribute to the two cars some 60 years old.

Car show banner
The line up of Woodies
The 1941. This is the car originally purchased by Louise's Father. Louise's brother sold the car in 1970 to the owner of the San Jose newspaper. When that owner passed away in 1970 his  cars were auctioned off and Steve lost track of it. Then after a three year search in the late 1980's he found it in a collection in Minneapolis and was able to reacquire it.
This is the original condition 1946.



Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A New Project

Today our  workmen started  digging a trench around the  garage in preparation for a brick walkway.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

42nd Annual Father's Day Classic Car Show

Sunday was Father's Day; time to participate in the Annual Father's Day Classic Car show in Oakbrook. This year Steve and Dave took Steve's 1941 Chrysler Town and Country Station Wagon and the 1948 Chrysler Sedan to the show.
Dave loves to explain all about the cars and tell the story of the 1941 station wagon and its journey from Louise's family to two collections and Steve's  finally repurchasing  the car after it had been lost for 10 years.
Here's a photo of Steve's two cars in front of Bloomingdale's department store, with the cream colored 1948 Chrysler Sedan in the foreground and the 1941 wagon in the background.
Toward the end of a long day, Steve and Dave in front of the 1941 (commonly called "the Green Car").

See a video of Steve's 1941 Town and Country click here