August 29, 2010

A Week in Georgia

After leaving Maryland, Dale & I ventured down to Georgia, to perform and teach at the TnT Clown Conference.  The conference ran a week, and we stayed busy the whole time.

I taught many people, including Dean Cook, to juggle.

Dale even taught an impromptu class on bead dogs, stars and cross necklaces.

On Saturday, we all did an outreach event in downtown Toccoa, and Dale tried his hand at some strolling juggling.
Some of the 100+ clowns headed into town for a community event.
Headmover, still funny looking.

Ball Juggling, during my show
Homer, in a moment of adrenaline
A goofy moment with an audience volunteer.
Freemounting the 7-footer.  This photo is just a second before I came tipping to the ground, then off the front of the stage.  It all happened in slow motion, and I survived with only a carpet burn on my knee & elbow.  PHOTO CREDIT: All show photos by Jerry Godolphin

After the conference, Dale & I headed up to Yankton, South Dakota, to perform a show at a senior activity center for Grandparent's Day.  Another good show, and then we headed home to Minnesota.


Summer in Maryland

This summer, Debbie, Dale and I spent it working at Sandy Cove Ministries in North East, Maryland.  Debbie helped run the craft cottage, Dale was the unofficial camp gopher, and I did shows, taught classes and helped M.C. the brown bag family devotions each morning.

We had an opportunity to visit with some circus friends from my past, including Chris Shelton, who was the boss clown on Ringling Brothers Circus way back in 1985, during my short stint on the road.

On our drive to the east coast, we made a day long stop at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.  We rode just about every roller coaster they have there.  By the way, they have 21 roller coasters!

I'll let the photos tell the rest of the story.

120 miles an hour, straight up.
Dale, going stir crazy in the van
Debbie completed a triathlon, in the pouring rain.
I went parasailing one day.

Dale, with a submarine in Baltimore Harbor
We saw HUGE butterflies all summer long
We made some great friends.
Normal?  Who wants normal?!?
We loved eating Rita's Frozen Ice on the hot days. Mmmmm...

We saw old friends.  This is one of our weird ones, David P.
And did I mention going stir crazy in the van?

When Deanna joined us for a week, we went to Washington D.C., and visited the Holocaust Museum, as well as  the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.  That's Deanna, with the original Wright Brother's plane.
We had a great summer of fun, of ministry and an experience that we will remember for a long time.

We saw friends from our past, made many new ones, rode our motorcycles through the small roads of Maryland and Delaware.

However, no matter how much we enjoyed our time away, there's no place like home.  We left Minnesota on June 16th, and returned home on August 15th.  2 months.

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