This past week Annie had a special visitor: Dan McGuinness! When Dan arrived Annie was simultaneously barking at him trying to intimidate him and then trying to jump in his lap for him to pet her. She can be a very confused dog sometimes.
One of Dan's dreams is to attend a soccer game in each of the MLS soccer stadiums. So he timed his visit with a Sporting KC soccer game. We drove up to Kansas City Friday night after work and cheered on as Sporting KC beat DC United 1-0. One of our favorite cheers was "Barbeque, Barbeque, Barbeque, Na Na Na, Barbeque, Barbeque, Barbeque, We're gonna score more goals than you". Other clever songs included teasing the DC United players and reminding them that they were not starters.
On Saturday morning we drove down to Branson where we watched as some propeller powered parachutes fly around. There was a bit of a mishap as the one pictured below landed. It landed too close to another contraption was getting ready to take off and their parachute after it got deflated got sucked into the propeller of the other machine ripping up the $2,000 parachute and dinging up the propeller in the process.
After the hot air balloon festival fun we continued to head South into Arkansas where we visited Cosmic Caverns. We were treated to an entertaining cave walking tour and even spotted a blind salamander that is native to the cave.
On Sunday we ventured off to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll gardens where we all got our Zen on.
We had a wonderful visit and were so glad Dan came to visit!
|Dan and Annie getting Reacquainted|
|The Professor and the Counselor at Sporting KC Park|
|We passed on a Ride in these Contraptions|
|Mary and Dan posing with a Stalagmite|
(Yes they said we could touch this one)
|The Counselor and the Professor getting their Zen on|
|Dan contemplates life as he peers into the reflecting pool|
|Japanese Maple in Autumnal Glory|