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By: joealaska , 1:20 AM GMT on May 10, 2012

The cruise is over. Still on vacation, just off the road now.

I headed south from Manistee for awhile, but at Ludington I headed inland on RT 10. At RT 37 I was southbound again. There was a nice golf course in Baldwin, so I hit it.

Then I hit the road, knowing Chicago was just over the horizon. Back on the freeway near Grand Rapids, I took 196 and eventually 94 into the metro Chicago area.

I lived in Griffith just after I graduated from college. Griffith is near Hammond, Indiana. I drove around seeing if I saw anything familiar, even going by my old apartment. It looked much the same, just 34 years later.

Next morning I wanted to check out 2 golf courses I used to play. I messed around for some time looking for one, then came to the conclusion it had been plowed over and turned into a housing development with the same name: Lake Hills.

The next course was on the way south out of the area. I took RT 41 south in Indiana, right along the Illinois border. Wide open farmland. All I had on the next course was a general idea where it was and a visual memory of the area. It was out in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately, I was not even sure of the name, and names change over that period of time.

I noticed the finger of civilization extended far south along RT 41. Farther than I remembered. My guess was the course was there, and just swallowed up in more development. I just kept on going and eventually gave up.

I stumbled on a nice course near Lafayette and played it.

After that I was debating what to do. I was close to Louisville, but I had the rental car for two more days. But, finally I headed home. I got back just a bit too late to turn in the car last night, so we dropped it this morning.

Today Mom, Dad, and myself played the course they live on. It is in great condition, lush green.

Here in Louisville for a week.

Total miles was a bit of a disappointment: 3350.

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16. dotmom
8:28 PM GMT on May 13, 2012
Thank you all for the Mother's Day wishes. It is nice to have two out of four here with me today. We are enjoying the day despite lots of rain. I hope all the Mother's who visit the blog are having an equally nice day. Both of the graphics are so neat. Thank you. xxo
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15. OGal
11:52 AM GMT on May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day Dotmom!

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14. Ylee
9:59 PM GMT on May 12, 2012

Dotmom, hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!
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13. Ylee
6:59 PM GMT on May 11, 2012
Remind me to never play JoeKy for money! ;-)
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12. dotmom
5:49 PM GMT on May 11, 2012
Ylee It is the home course - so far. This is the 3rd day in a row. I am amazed at JoeKY who hadn't played since Joe was here last and now he is playing 3 days in a row. I believe he is surprised at what he can do. Yesterday was only 9 holes and he had a 46 which I consider darn good at this time. My back is complaining, so I just can't keep going. I just watched them go by the house and took a couple of photos.
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11. Ylee
4:52 PM GMT on May 11, 2012
Joe, you couldn't have picked better weather to be in Ky., so why not enjoy it on the "home course"? Or courses, of course! :)
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10. dix608greys
11:25 PM GMT on May 10, 2012
I'll bet it feels good to be home, Joe. Enjoy your family.
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9. dotmom
7:51 PM GMT on May 10, 2012
I had to hurry to get the photo before he "buzzed" it off with a little razor. It is all gone now.

Hope everyone is doing well. We are having gorgeous weather here right now. A little more golf here today. Even JoeKY played and I don't believe he has played since the last time JoeA was here. He did pretty darn good for an 89-y/o guy!
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8. DHaupt
7:16 PM GMT on May 10, 2012
Dotmom, great photo! Kick back and ex-lax Joe.
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7. cybersuze
4:56 PM GMT on May 10, 2012
So who won the mileage contest?

Don't forget ... MOTHER"S DAY!
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6. Arbie
4:07 PM GMT on May 10, 2012
Ditto. :)
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5. miyuki
3:53 PM GMT on May 10, 2012
"There's no place like home."
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4. OGal
10:52 AM GMT on May 10, 2012

Joe so glad you made it safe to Lville. I know you will enjoy a week of lots of golf and good meals. We are in our countdown to Alaska mode. Mailing all our fishing stuff out next week and then coasting down to airport time on the 22nd.

Hello Dotman and Joe K.
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3. insideuk
8:05 AM GMT on May 10, 2012
He looked like a mountain man?

The Outlaw Joesy Alaska?

I do hope someone took a photo....
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2. dotmom
2:10 AM GMT on May 10, 2012
It was a big surprise when my doorbell rang at 5 p.m. last night. The little neighbor boy comes to visit - but I was pretty suspicious - as I went to answer it - I said I bet it is JoeA. It was! He looked like a mountain man with multiple days growth on his face but I still recognized that devilish grin with his surprise. Yes, welcome home. We are enjoying him.
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1. Bogon
2:07 AM GMT on May 10, 2012
Welcome home, Joe.
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