Hello from Elkhorn, WI
Tuesday evening June 8, 2010 (sixth travelogue of this trip).
We are at the Walworth County Fairground in Elkhorn, WI (map). This is the site of a regional FMCA rally where we will be vendors. Tomorrow is set-up day and the rally runs from Thursday to Saturday.
After our last post, I realized that I was really dating myself. KCKA was the airport designation for the old Kansas City airport in down town Kansas City. I flew in and out of there many times. It was a strange airport with both ends of the runway defined by the Missouri as noted on this (map) It is still an active airport. Pilots considered it to be a dangerous airport for commercial aircraft as there was no room for error. However the safety record was excellent. The “new” airport is in MO and is designated KCI.
Our flight from Orlando was interesting. There were huge thunderhead clouds and the ride was a bit choppy. The pilot did not turn off the seat belt for at least 45 minutes. Pat had to use the restroom and “violated” air policy to do so. She was not alone.
We were picked up at the airport by the hotel where we left the truck (free as a part of a package of one night’s stay). Our drive back to Prescott was uneventful or nearly so. We saw a lot of standing water as we got closer to Corning/Prescott. As it turns out, they had a terrible storm during the night (over 3 inches) and there was a lot of flooding in the town and farm land.
We spent Sunday catching up on things and getting ready to leave on Monday. On Monday we still had some errands to run and we wanted to visit Pat’s aunt before we left. We finally left about 1:00 PM and drove about 200 miles to Coralville, IA (close to Iowa City). We did our typical Wal Mart stay, as we needed to stock up on some supplies.
One of the activities during our stay in Prescott included some pretty significant genealogy work. I had mentioned about our visits with Pat’s dad’s relatives. Pat and her cousin Jeanne spent quite a bit of time visiting cemeteries to gather more information.
Our drive today was terrible! We ran into a lot of rain and wind. I-80 was closed over the Mississippi and we had to take a pretty significant detour in Davenport. What should have been a 220 mile trip was over 260 miles of downpour and construction. We left about 11:00 and did not get here until just before 5:00.
We have an excellent location with no close neighbors (not the norm). We have electrical power and access to water. The organizers hosted a dinner tonight for the volunteers and vendors (again not the norm).
That is all for now.