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Day 23 (9.24.07) - Stayed in Michigan (Photos Added)

Uncle Bob and Aunt Madeline are being very gracious hosts! I will need to go on a diet (again or as always)

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My uncle Bob and Aunt Madeline had a lot of suggestions for places to show us that sounded really interesting, but I thought we should also stay in a bit and do some visiting. We did that Monday morning, which was really fun also. I got some pointers from Madeline on using my camera (what the White Balance graph was for), I also looked up the manual for Mom's camera on the internet so she could learn to use it a little more effectively. Madeline also showed us some of the pictures that she's taken with film in the past, very nice. She is using a Canon 30D now, which clearly produces pictures with much better resolution then my little digital, but it is also big & heavy compared to mine - so as always, a trade off.

Uncle Bob was able to export his family history file so that I could load it onto my PC. He goes out on the internet and flushes out all sorts of ancesters. I figure I'll never be as proficient at extending the ancestry chart as he is, so maybe I'll work on adding more 'color' (notes & details) to the more recent records. This is probably more what my interest is anyway, but as long as we're out east in some of the area's our relations came from, I might do a little digging around.

Later, Aunt Madeline arranged a nice little lunch with my cousins daughter, Laura. (First cousin once removed I believe). She is attending Andrews University as a sophmore, majoring in marketing. She continues to enjoy horseback riding, plays soccer, and is maintaining a high GPA - some kids just seem to have their act together.

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Madeline also picked up some Apple Juice on the way back, as my cousin Robert had recommended. We enjoyed that throughout the afternoon and have brought some with us on the road. Downtown Berrien Springs isn't very large, but it is a quaint little place.

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Madeline also took us to the Berrien Springs Courthouse (now a museum) that was built in 1839. It also had a sherrif's house and part of the old county jail which had the cells arranged in a circular pattern around the guard's area. As we walked around the museum grounds, black walnuts were falling on a regular basis. I wished I had a hard hat on, but nobody got hit fortunately.

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I had to work on some personal business when we got back to the house, but was able to fit a bit more visiting in here and there. We decided to continue on our journey the next morning, but we enjoyed our visit very much.

Posted by jl98584 18:10 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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