Fun things

We had a fun day on July 4th, America’s Independence Day! We went to a Festival at Fort Vancouver. Now this Fort was a part of the onward westward expansion of the US. So originally it was a Hudson’s Bay company property. Check out the website at:http://www.nps.gov/fova/historyculture/index.htm

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It is a neat place to explore and we have had the opportunity to do before. So on July 4th we got to see a 1860’s house called Marshall House. I was excited to hear that this was named after a man named George C Marshall who was responsible for the Marshall Plan after World War II that helped Europe get back on their feet. Phenomenal. We also stopped the Grant House..which was decorated for the event with lots of flags from various eras of time.  Ulysses S. Grant was a soldier here at the Fort and thus the name. Now a very nice restaurant.

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And this day we also went for the fireworks event. It was full of the normal summertime fun. Ken and LeAnn met us there and we had a fun full day and the fireworks were even synchronized to the music. Pretty cool!

Today we got to do another fun local thing. It is a very special kind of car show. The event is called “Cruisin’ the Gut.” I think the Gut part refers to the main street as all the cars cruise along main street. It is several miles where the cars just go cruising by.

All the businesses on the street are open and there were thousands of people there. I asked someone how many cars and he said about a thousand. It was the most unique event of this kind that Kent and I have ever been to. It was entirely free to spectators and car owners. There was a food drive going on to help a local food charity. Here is the web link for you to check it out and see some of their pictures of some of the cars. http://www.cityofvancouver.us/community/page/cruisin-gut-car-show

Now we do not have a car that qualifies for this event, but Ken and LeAnn have one. Here it is. It is a Sterling. I know a little about it. A kit car and with a Volkswagon engine. I got a short ride in it today as he wanted to move it from it’s original parking spot to a more notable place. That is right, in front of the DQ!

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They did cruise on the main street and then parked their car and we all walked a few miles to see as many cars as we could. We stopped for some lunch and just watched the cars going by. If you had chairs you could sit them up wherever there was space and sit and watch. It was fun.

We did see a car like Kent used to have.  A 1964 Mercury Comet. I got a picture of one like it although Kent’s was a very beautiful color of Metal flake Purple, not the yellow of this one.

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All in all it was a fun event and one we will certainly be remembering.

Having fun,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

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One Response to “Fun things”

  1. Rachel Says:

    You had a wonderful 4th of July! We were in Gunnison, Co. and had a spectatular fire work display also. Happy 4th!

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