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~ Kathy

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

I have shared these before, but I thought that you guys might enjoy seeing them again.

These Easter postcards were sent to my great-great grandfather John Letsom to his farm in Scotts Valley and Elkhead, near Yoncalla, Oregon. 

Hope that you all enjoy your Easter Sunday!

Kathy M.
 
The Letsom Letters: Vintage Easter Postcards
 
These postcards were sent to my Great-Great Grandfather, John Letsom between 1913 and 1919.  His birthday was March 13th, and to help him celebrate it in 1915, his friend Sue Burt organized a card shower for Grandpa John.  Since his birthday was near Easter, some folks sent him Easter cards.  We have around 100 birthday postcards of his that were included in "The Letsom Letters".  


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

To learn more about John Letsom and his wife Sarah, please "CLICK HERE".

Happy Easter!

~ Kathy Matthews

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Laughlin Riverboat Tour:

Recently, Cary and I, along with my brother and sister-in-law, took a charter trip to Laughlin, Nevada.  Leaving the cold and a bit of snow at home, we enjoyed weather in the high 90's and had a very nice little vacation.

On one of the days, we took the one hour boat tour of the waterfront on the Colorado River which divides Arizona and Nevada.  It was only $10 per person (too bad that we didn't notice our 2 for 1 coupons until the very last morning that we were there!) There is also a three hour tour which takes you all the way down to Lake Havasu (one hour there, one hour to look around and one hour back).  



Water taxi's do a brisk business bringing folks across the river and taking them to other casinos.  The cost of those are very reasonable, at $4.00 a ride or $15.00 for an all day pass. 



The picture above is of the parking lot across the river, where people from Bullhead City, Arizona can park there cars and taxi to The Riverside Casino (that is where we were staying).


This is the boat that we toured the river on.  It was very nice and clean, and the captain and the crew were just wonderful.  It was air conditioned in the cabin, and there was a little bar.  We sat up on the top deck.


Me and my Sis.



My traveling companions, my brother and Cary ...

... Cary and Maria.



The tour went up to the bridge that Don Laughlin had built with his own money.  It took over 4 years to get the permits, but only 4.5 months to complete.  Prior to the bridge being built, you had to cross the river 11 miles downstream, which wasn't very convenient to those staying and working at the casinos.

Upstream from the bridge is Parker Dam.  The river level was too high for our boat to sneak underneath when we were there, but sometimes that is an option.



On the Laughlin side of the bridge is a beautiful park and a trailhead for bicycles and horseback riding.



The Colorado River is clear and clean, and provides drinking water all the way to Southern California.  At Laughlin, it isn't very deep; ranging between 11 and 13 feet.




Jet skiers, speed boats and canoers share the water with the tour boats and water taxis.



You can swim in the river, if you take a water taxi down to the beach at Harrahs Resort.  There are some other places across the river on the Arizona side that looked inviting for swimming, but I'm not sure if they were public beaches or not.

Casino Row and The Riverwalk: 




We stayed at The Riverside.  The Riverside was the first casino in Laughlin.  Don Lauglin bought an old eight-room motel in the late 60's out in the middle of nowhere.  He and his family lived in half of it, and he put in a few slot machines and rented out the other four rooms.  With an all-you-can-eat chicken dinner and the slots, one thing led to another and then eventually to what you see above.

Other companies soon caught the vision and built their own casinos and resorts.  Here are some of them, the ones that I could see on our little river trip:






















This one is for sale!  Apparently, it is kind of dumpy inside.



Because Cary had back surgery right before we left, and it isn't super easy for my Dad to get around, we didn't explore any other casinos this time around.  I did walk next door to buy a book at The Aquarius, which is rather new and reminded me of a Las Vegas joint.


Harrah's is at the end of casino row.  We stayed there last time that we went, 7 or 8 years ago.  It is a very nice place.



This last picture is looking upriver on our way back.  I took lots of pictures of the Bullhead City side too, but this post is getting very long, so I'll save those for another time.

I'll write more about the trip soon, and I hope that you enjoyed your visit!

Hugs,

Kathy M.


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The 2012 Army All-American Day Event

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Photo Source: Nike "The Opening Brochure" Pages 2 and 3
During the week of July 5-9, 2011, Cary and I were privileged to attend "The Opening", watching quarterback grandson Tyler Matthews (#43 the first day, and #15 on game days) play with 150 of the best high school football players in the United States. The event was held at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. I hope that you enjoy the pictures ... some are better photos than others, but I tried to capture as many kids as I could.

There are approximately 500 photos in these slide shows. They are of the players, the fans, our family and everybody/everything that caught my eye. They are in chronological order. No names are on the pictures, even if I do know who people were.

As time permits, I will also be writing blog posts about my experience as a spectator. Since I still have a lot to learn about football and this is not a sports blog, I'll write some human interest stories as seen through my eyes. That said, Tyler Matthews, YOU ROCK!!!!

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK: http://oregongiftsofcomfortandjoy.blogspot.com/2011/07/photos-of-nikes-opening-july-5-9-2011.html


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