Our trip was wonderful although exhausting. We left home about 9:00 am and drove thru north Texas then up into Kansas. We spent the night in Salina, Kansas at least I think that is the name of the town. The next morning Noel called in a panic because they had moved the ceremony from 5:00 in the evening to 11:00 in the morning so we rushed to get ready and left as fast as we could, I don’t remember what time it was. We barely made it. When we got there, parents were milling around and then they started grabbing seats very fast so Noel told us where to sit for the best view of her. The ceremony started and we couldn’t really hear what was being said except I heard “yes sir” several times. The unit came to attention made a precision right turn and then started walking. They walked past the families and made a left turn got into a two row formation. The acoustics were terrible so let’s just say there was a lot of mumbling into the microphone. They played the “Star Spangled Banner” and then they did the repeat after me thing. Then they were released them and so we spent the rest of the day with Noel, I took a little nap while David and Mom took Noel shopping, David got both of us a University of Nebraska hat’s. He spent too much money but Noel needed a few things, and you only live once, right?
On Saturday, we got up and went to a picnic with and for Noel’s unit. It was a very nice day. We had to leave right after the picnic to head for home. We stopped in Newton, Kansas (I think that was the name of the town.) Mom and Bob went exploring the town while David and I rested. When they got back, they said they had found a little Italian restaurant for dinner. David and I shared some calamari and spaghetti after dinner all we wanted to do was go back to the hotel and go to bed. We got up on Sunday and drove the last 7 hours to get home. Boy howdy, were we ready to be home.