Saturday, May 02, 2009

Today is sunny in Mt. Lebo

Catching up for those of you who are following our travels:
We had good travels on Thursday. Portland to Minneapolis was a great flight. We went over the Cascades in bright sunshine. To the left (north) we could see Mt. Rainier (Tacoma), Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams (southern Washington). To our right was Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson and all the way south to the Three Sisters (central Oregon).

When we got to MSP we had to trek from one end of the airport to the other (there is a tram, but we walked for exercise.) At our outbound gate, they told us they had overbooked the flight to PIT...yep, they offered some substantial vouchers to take another route to Pittsburgh. I called Jim to see if that would work with them and agreed to the new route...which meant that we had to trek back to the other end of the airport with no time to spare. The saving part was that they called an electric cart to take us to our new gate. It worked.

We flew to Detroit and then on to Pittsburgh arriving just 1 1/2 hours later than originally scheduled. What a deal.

Once here, the focus was on the Spring Bell Concert which Nancy was directing (and Jim taking care of logistics) on Friday evening. We spent the day in preparation: go get 21 (raspberry and apple) pies near Eight-four, PA (the home of 84 Lumber); eat lunch at the pie place (Spring House Farm); spirit the pies to the church. Once there, there were tables to decorate (huge pots of pansies) and a nap to take.

The "Berries and Bells" concert started at 7:30. 165 people enjoyed their pie and a spectacular concert. There are three bell choirs at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, which Nancy has directed for 15 years. I have never seen a bell choir do so many challenging numbers, so well. It lasted for and hour and a half. What a treat.

Well, that is why we came a week early for the on to Fallingwater on Tuesday and to Lynchburg Wednesday and Thursday and to Richmond on Friday. We come back to Pittsburgh on Mother's Day and fly home the 12th. Whew. Did you get all that? I am glad that the sun is out is gorgeous here in May.

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