Friday, August 10, 2007
Everything is Bigger in Texas - Even our Blog
Bigger blog, but slower, as we have been chasing wi fi connections at various coffee shops without much success. Hope this one stays with us long enough to post blogs from the past few eventful days.
August 8: We awoke in a place called Hope . . . Hope, Arkansas that is. Birthplace of former President Bill Clinton and home of the 150 lb watermelon seen in the photo. Our long drive southward, to Texarkana, took us to Austin, capitol of the Lone Star State.
We met with 2 outstanding young ladies, both ThanksUSA scholarship recipients, at the Austin Recreation Center. We desperately wanted to dive into the Center's big swimming pool to cool off from the 100+ degree heat, but instead we sat down inside with Ashley Neves and Jasmine Jones. We captured their remarkable and heartwarming stories on video, fortunately, and will be putting together a video. They really hit it off with Kelsi and Rachel, who have two new big "sisters" to add to the ThanksUSA family. Ashley, who drove over an hour with her friend Krystal just to meet us, promised to drop by the San Antonio USO tomorrow where we will meet some more scholars from around Texas.
Dinner at the Rio Grande authentic TexMex restaurant, a walk by the waterfront awaiting the flight of the bats under the Bat Bridge at sunset and then a drive to rural Wimberly, located in Hill Country, concluded another marathon day . . . but it was all worth it just to meet Jasmine and Ashley. We all will sleep like babies.