In this year, they both celebrated their 85th birthdays, and so this summer, we held MarboPalooza II at my brother's house to enjoy each other's company and raise a toast to everyone for their birthday this year. So I figured while Roger and I were in Texas on our Excellent Adventure, perhaps we could have a KaRoPalooza so that we'd have a chance to visit with some of our family, as we'd been somewhere across the country back in June when everyone got together, and weren't able to join them.
My older sister wasn't able to make it, but two of her sons came and brought their families. And my other sister and brother were there, with their spouses. So it was a pretty fine group, and we had a great time visiting, eating - and riding! - while everyone was here for the weekend.
First thing Saturday, Mom and I hit the farmers' market for some goodies. Waco has a very fine market, with some great local and organic farmers, cheeses, meats, food vendors and such.
One really cool vendor with a product I've not seen before was Crowned Bird Cafe, which was making up and serving something they called "Puffles" - a waffle-like confection with fresh fruit and amazing sauces. These are based on a street food popular in Hong Kong called quai gai jaan. If you are in Waco, go try them - they are great.
|Samples of the puffles|
|These silos have become a huge tourist attraction|
|Zeke and Stuart|
|Dad, Caitlin with Stuart, Nathan and Jericho, Amelie|
|Jericho with uncle Nathan|
|Nathan on the Brockton|
|Jason down by Lake Waco|
|Some trick riding|
|Dad tries out the tent with Zeke and Jericho|
Sunday was Oktoberfest at Melinda and Colin's house. More on that tomorrow!