This is our very first Vintage View Vednesday post. It comes with a bonus funny story for kicks and grins. Do not expect funny stories with every picture post. Some of them are too embarrassing to share with millions of readers!😳
I mentioned back in December that we would be posting pictures from our archives on Wednesdays and this is our first installment. I am going to try to post a few pictures each Wednesday until we run out of pictures or interest, whichever comes LAST.😏
This post takes us back to the Grand Canyon in November 2003. We had closed revival for Pastor Richard Frank near Keller, Texas the week before. We left our trailer there and drove the truck to preach revival at Desert Cove Assembly for Pastor Billy Mills. We stopped in Flagstaff, Arizona and vacationed four days on the way.
One of those days in Flagstaff, we drove up to the Grand Canyon. It was an gorgeous day to visit a beautiful place!
The first picture above was taken from the south overlook at the Grand Canyon. We had something hilarious happen to us at that overlook and I believe it was on this very visit.
We were viewing from the top, which is the only overlook that Odie can access at that point in a wheelchair. It is a wonderful vantage point but there are other viewing platforms lower down that you access by stairs.
We left Odie sitting there and Kelly Jo and I ventured down to the lower platforms that extend a little farther out into the canyon.
Odie has always been able to make friends with a fence post so it was no surprise when we came back that she was having a conversation with two ladies. It was a limited conversation since the ladies only spoke about 50 words of English and Odie spoke absolutely NO Chinese.
The lack of understanding was not much of a barrier because the friendship seemed to be off to a great start. By the time we arrived, the ladies knew where we were from, what we did for a living and Odie's age. Odie knew they were part of a group tour, they were having a fabulous time in the US and they loved the Grand Canyon.
When Kelly Jo and I walked up, the ladies excitedly jumped up and greeted us with warm smiles and animated gesturing. They wanted Odie to take a picture of us and them in front of the canyon with their camera.
As we posed, the two ladies maneuvered themselves on either side of me and Kelly Jo on the end. What happened next was priceless.
Kelly Jo and I thought everything was set for the picture. Then the ladies began to motion (Push) Kelly Jo to move aside and for them to get their picture with me alone.
They posed on either side of me, put one hand each on my big belly and smiled the biggest smiles we had ever seen. We were so blown away and laughing so hard that we completely forgot to snap a picture with Odie's camera. Oh, how I wish I had that picture!
Some where in Hong Kong or the mainland of China there are two older ladies still showing a picture of their trip to the US when they met a fat Buda lookalike dressed in jeans, a casual long sleeve shirt and a Big Dog vest!
That day has given us many, many laughs all these years and I imagine it will continue to entertain us for a long time to come.
I do not know the back story on this next picture but I suspect Kelly Jo was trying and succeeding in entertaining Odie!
I hope you enjoyed the vintage pictures. Let us know what you think. There are many more to come.