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Donna Terry Skeens will coordinate this travel page. Please email Donna with photos and write-ups on vacations you would like to share with our class.

04/01/15 - Ron and Di Knipp have had a much better winter than many of us who suffered the frigid cold this year. Instead, they have been enjoying the great weather in sunny Green Valley, Arizona, which is 25 miles south of Tucson. While we were enjoying subzero temperatures and 12 inches of snow, they were basking in the 70's, 80's, and even the 90's. Ron says that there are many, many interesting historical sites within an hour's drive, several even less than that. They often go south to Tubac, which is a town built at the site of an Old Spanish presidio. Di likes the tons of southwest-type items for decorating their yard.
 
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Pictured is a Bed and Breakfast in Madera Canyon Mountains. It is very isolated and hard to get to but, according to Ron, "Worth it." Wouldn't we all like to stay a few days there?
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Di took a hot air balloon ride up to 2,500 feet. We will attribute her bravery to her youth and her daring.

In Ron's words, "The Madera Mountain picture is self-explanatory. The Mountain Road is one we traveled on to get to Tombstone and Bisbee...it was one lane, and we were thankful we didn't meet another vehicle coming down."
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I must agree that the one lane road does look a little intimidating.
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I will have to admit that this looks like one great place and in Ron's words, ONE HAPPY COUPLE!



Thank you for sharing with us! ~ Donna Terry Skeens

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08/04/14 - Ronald Knipp and his darling wife Di certainly know how to get rid of the winter blues.  That is what we call it in Indiana and Illinois from January to April. The following is an email describing their escape to the sunny South.
 
We left the end of January 2014 and headed to Florida for the winter.  We stayed in a very nice condo in Lake Wales, FL for February and March.  It was hot, humid and had the worst ever pollen count.  We visited with our good friends Bonnie, Bill and Regina Craycraft and some friends from TN who also wintered in FL.  We got home the first week in April. 
 
According to Ron, it was still too cold to be home, so this coming winter we will be wintering in Green Valley, AZ for Feb., March, and April.  AZ won't be as hot, and humid as FL and shouldn't have the extreme pollen count that FL had this past winter.  We are already looking forward to going!
 
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think Arizona sounds like a great idea. Keep traveling, having fun, visiting friends and enjoying each other’s company. ~ Donna Terry Skeens
 
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04/02/14 - Thanks to Bill and Mary Alice Caskey for sharing the pictures of their recent trip to Hawaii. They certainly know how to celebrate Bill's 75th birthday. Take a took at the places they visited on their 15-day cruise on the Princess Star. Island hopping is definitely for the young at heart, and that describes the Caskeys.
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Take a look at the gorgeous ship they boarded in Los Angeles.
Dinner aboard the Princess Star
Dinner aboard the Princess Star
 
 
 
 
 
These two look like newly-weds. We should all be so lucky.
Volcanic Crater on Maui
Volcanic Crater on Maui
 
They took a two-hour bus ride from the dock up to the top of the crater. It was a "switch back" road that at times looked straight down the mountain. The temperature was around 70 degrees at the beginning of the ride and dropped into the lower 50's at the top of the crater, which was at close to 10,000 feet in elevation. At times they were looking down at the clouds and seeing small planes flying in the valley below.
Volcanic Crater on Maui
Volcanic Crater on Maui
Beautiful Falls in Waimea Canyon
Beautiful Falls in Waimea Canyon
 
 
Next, they traveled to Waimea Canyon State Park, which is about 10 miles long and 3 miles wide. "Compared to the 277 mile long and 18 mile wide Grand Canyon, this seems small," says Bill. However, it is a beautiful canyon and very photogenic.
 
These pictures make many of us want to see such a wonderful place that exists in one of our own 50 states.
Grand Canyon of the Pacific - Waimea Canyon Kaual
Grand Canyon of the Pacific - Waimea Canyon Kaual
 
This is a direct quote from Bill. "We were very fortunate to visit Hawaii at this time of the year as the whales were gathering there to give birth. I imagine we saw between 25-30 whales on this trip. Of course, the older you become, the greater appreciation you have of nature and seeing these magnificent creatures is breath taking."
Depart from Hilo
Depart from Hilo
Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
 
 
This picture was taken just off the grounds of the Hale Koa hotel. This is a military hotel located on Waikiki Beach and where Bill and Mary Alice have visited on several occasions. They spent the day there having lunch and just relaxing.
 
As we can all see, Mary Alice and Bill are not wasting any time in a rocking chair, watching the Adventure Channel, and just dreaming about what it would be like to see all the wonderful places in our world. Congratulations to them both and to Bill on his 75th.
 
Keep on moving! I look forward to hearing about the next adventure. ~ Donna Terry Skeens
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02/21/14 - Kudos to Charlie Maynard for sharing these photos with all of us.
 
Try not to be envious as you shovel your driveway, plod through the ice, and try to avoid the three-foot drifts at the corner of your street.  Charlie Maynard and Janie are escaping all of this in a beautiful, second floor, beachfront condo at the Boardwalk in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
 
This is what he sees out the window every morning instead of icicles that are hanging from the balconies of houses in Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan.
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If they can't go to the ocean, they can just sit by the heated pool and think about avoiding a return to the cold.
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The laptop, coffee cups, crossword puzzles, and other examples of the leisurely life sure beats the cabin fever that I have been suffering for six weeks. ~ Donna Terry Skeens
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05/04/13 - The Ashland Ya Ya Sisters pictured left to right, Carole Young Harbison, Myrna Moore Laque, Judy Parsley Patton, Janice Weisenberger Brislin, Lynda Hobbs Hollan, Kay Moore Hart, and Donna Terry Skeens, spent five days in Cincinnati last week. Unfortunately, Judy Franklin Lear had to miss it because she was busy cleaning up after the winds and rain that hit Memphis two weeks ago.
 
The Freedom Museum, Jungle Jims, Fountain Square, The Netherlands Hotel, and Macy's kept us busy.
 
An added treat was Saturday night when we were privileged to meet Myrna's son Tom and his family. They treated us to a wonderful dinner at their home.
 
Every year, we realize how blessed we are to be able to meet and always say we need to travel together more than once a year. We are all going to try to make it to the class reunion in September. Carole and Jim, the true world travelers, will be on an African Safari and will have to miss it. After a trip like this all I can say is "Life is Good!" ~ Donna Terry Skeens
 
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During the first week of October, the Ashland Ya Ya Sisters (named so by Bill Laque) traveled for the third time to Myrna Moore Laque's cottage in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. The eight of us look forward every year to our reunion and travel from Asheville, Memphis, Atlanta, Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, and New York. We feel so fortunate to still be friends and to be able to do this. We are always greeted by a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Bill. (Yes, we all love him!)
Judy Parsley Patton/Carole Young Harbison/Janice Weisenberger Brislin/Judy Franklin Lear/Kay Moore Hart/Lynda Hobbs Holl
Judy Parsley Patton/Carole Young Harbison/Janice Weisenberger Brislin/Judy Franklin Lear/Kay Moore Hart/Lynda Hobbs Hollan/Myrna Moore Laque/Donna Terry Skeens





We visited the Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum.
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Kay Moore Hart took this great picture on the beach at night as we watched the moon over the water. What a beautiful sight it is. Life is good!
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Donna Terry Skeens snapped this picture on our last day. We prepare to fly back to all our separate homes and take with us wonderful memories of laughing, talking, and reminiscing about how great it was to grow up in the 50's and to be a part of Ashland High School and the Class of 1958. ~ Donna Terry Skeens


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Janice Weisenberger Brislin and her husband Leo found a great way to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this past summer.

They not only had a celebration with family and friends at their son Brian's home, but their daughter Theresa helped them commemorate this wonderful occasion with a cruise to Alaska.  They traveled via Holland American to the inner passage where they experienced the beauty of Juneau, Ketchican, Sitka and Victoria.

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Here they are standing outside their stateroom on the cruise ship, and pictured in the background is a pristine and spectacular sight, the Misty Fjords.
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They were able to see an otter giving birth on a glacier when they visited Mendenhall glacier in Juneau.
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A highlight of the trip was a family fishing trip, and watching grandson Bennett catch his first salmon was a real thrill for Grandpa Leo.
~ Janice Weisenberger Brislin

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Lee Hart/Kay Moore Hart
Lee Hart/Kay Moore Hart

In July 2011, Kay and I toured the New England states for the first time.
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A highlight of our trip was visiting Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine, where we enjoyed a whale watching excursion 20 miles out into the Atlantic. We were overwhelmed with excitement as the whales performed for us.

Our trip also included Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Plymouth Rock, Boston, covered bridges in New Hampshire, Norman Rockwell Museum, Basketball Hall of Fame and Niagara Falls. At the Basketball Hall of Fame, they had displays for only about ten high schools ---- one of which was the 1928 National Championship Ashland Tomcats! ~ Lee Hart

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Masaya at night as the sun goes down behind the volcano
Masaya at night as the sun goes down behind the volcano
Swimming in a volcanic lake at Ometepe Island
Swimming in a volcanic lake at Ometepe Island
Ending with a zip line at the Mombacho Volcano
Ending with a zip line at the Mombacho Volcano

If you want to see a beautiful country, friendly people, excellent accommodations, and great food, then go to Nicaragua. It was the best ten-day vacation I have ever experienced. In February, fifteen of us from various parts of the U.S. met InterludeTours in Houston. We landed in Managua, stayed in a refurbished convent in Leon, and spent the rest of the time in Granda. We saw active volcanoes, hiked through the Mombacho cloud forest, walked through a coffee plantation in Selva Negra, swam in a volcanic lake and zip lined from 14 platforms. We had the time of our lives. My favorite word was "WOW!" I tried to find one picture, but it was hard to choose. I would encourage anyone to go! Interlude Tours is located in Indianapolis and has taken this trip 17 times. ~ Donna Terry Skeens

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San Francisco with the Golden Gate in the background
San Francisco with the Golden Gate in the background
A windy hill in Montana
A windy hill in Montana




David Patton and Judy Parsley Patton took a six-week road trip, and the two places that impressed them the most were San Francisco and the mountains of Montana. David didn't even play golf on this trip, and Judy didn't go shopping!

They also liked visiting friends from the old days like their recent trip a couple of weeks ago to visit Myra Mason Griffith and Jim Mason in Fayetteville, Georgia. They have met several times for dinner and enjoy reminiscing about the good old days at Ashland High School. ~ David Patton and Judy Parsley Patton
Myra Mason Griffith/Jim Mason/Judy Parsley Patton
Myra Mason Griffith/Jim Mason/Judy Parsley Patton
David Patton/Jim Mason outside Jim's home in Fayetteville
David Patton/Jim Mason outside Jim's home in Fayetteville

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Some people like to travel to foreign countries, others head to the beach, and a few want to mountain climb, but Judy Franklin Lear enjoys traveling back to Kentucky in the spring to meet with her high school and college friends.
Betty Bruce Gilson Everman/Janice Weisenberger Brislin/Lynda Hobbs Hollan/Kay Moore Hart/Judy Franklin Lear
Betty Bruce Gilson Everman/Janice Weisenberger Brislin/Lynda Hobbs Hollan/Kay Moore Hart/Judy Franklin Lear

In April, she drove from Memphis and met AHS 1958 friends in Midway, Kentucky. This is a small town in the middle of Lexington with restaurants and clever shops. Betty Bruce, Janice, Lynda, Kay, and Judy had a great time catching up with recent activities.  They all plan to continue catching up at the class picnic in September. Judy thinks all her trips back home to Kentucky are worth the long drive.
Eastern State University Luncheon and Induction
Eastern State University Luncheon and Induction

Judy also has attended the Eastern State University Luncheon and Pioneer Induction. This year, they received their 50-year pin and certificate. Susan Nipp Blevins was there at this year's activities but not in the picture. ~ Judy Franklin Lear

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Jim Harbison/Carole Young Harbison
Jim Harbison/Carole Young Harbison

In November, we flew to Australia and on to New Zealand where we cruised the coast of New Zealand, on to Tasmania and back to Australia. The highlights of our trip were snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and walking across the Sydney Bridge (1,500 steps). This was definitely on our bucket list.

This picture was taken with the Opera House in the background. ~ Carole Young Harbison

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Thanks to John Thaxton for sending pictures of some of his travels. He inspires us all to take a trip through the Carolinas on the Appalachian Trail. Check out the pictures of this gorgeous place right in the good old USA.
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Also, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife June just going to a great restaurant .....
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or taking a road trip to the beach in Destin, Florida. He recommends this as a great place for January getaways. ~John Thaxton

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Mary Alice walking on the Great Wall
Mary Alice walking on the Great Wall

Bill Caskey has some wonderful pictures of his trip to China. In 1998, his wife Mary Alice, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Struggling for a year to stay alive through extremely difficult cancer treatments, including a Stem cell transplant, Bill promised to fulfill one of her dreams, to walk the Great Wall of China. Thankfully, Mary Alice survived, and they took that once-in-a-lifetime trip. They spent 22 days in China with 4 of those in country air flights, 2 train rides, 2 river  cruises, and many bus rides.



I think you will find Bill and Mary Alice's pictures to be interesting and Mary Alice's recovery to be inspiring. It makes me want to go to China too, one of the places on my "Bucket List." Thanks Bill for sharing.  Donna Terry Skeens

To quote Bill, "Prior to taking the trip, our research indicated that the Chinese were very reserved and would not show much emotion to tourists. Wrong, they were absolutely great. They were very glad to see us and would send their children up to us to speak a few words in English. We toured a kindergarten, grade school, and high school. We even had lunch with a Chinese family in their home." ~ Bill Caskey

You have to have one Rickshaw Ride.
You have to have one Rickshaw Ride.
Terracotta Soldiers
Terracotta Soldiers
Tian'anmen Square
Tian'anmen Square
Visiting Shanghai
Visiting Shanghai
Li River
Li River

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