WOW....... I guess if I had to pick one word to describe my first " Meet and Greet " that's it.
When I first mentioned to and invited my wife Carol, I'm sure she agreed to tag along just to humor me. In the aproaching weeks I stayed in contact with Steve ( KingCoal) and Scott (Scottscoald) as we planned to meet up on the way down. Steve and his lovely wife Lorna drove in from Indiana, arrived at our house Friday afternoon and within minutes, driving down from New York, in rolled Scott.
I would guess it took every bit of five minutes , before I would place a very substantial wager that........... A total stranger would bet that we were all either related or lifetime friends.
Scott, stayed for an hour or so, and headed to Hazleton meeting up with Hamden Bob & Miss Julie for a few rounds of adult beverages.
After a good night's rest, we cranked out of the crib early and headed down to join the Tamaqua Breakfast Club.
Meeting everyone in person was awesome, and the tours were a real treat. A special thanks goes out to Jack and Richard for making this entire event possible, and our fellow members who made it so enjoyable.
We stopped in Jim Thorpe for a few hours on the way home, and Carol was already suggesting some coal related attractions, in the area such as Eckley Village, one of the 9 Co-Generation plants, or possibly a coal preperation plant tour for next year. She really enjoyed the day and was genuinely interested in the tours, but I think it's a bit too early to get her interested in taking over running the sandblaster.