April 2002


Dear e-Fisherfolk,

For Spring Break this year, Keith and his wife, Beth, drove over to Memphis, TN to spend a few days. Although Beth was skeptical at first (read: Keith forced her to go against her will) the tour of Graceland was wonderful. It is nicely organized and highly informative. Did you know that Elvis received 11 Grammy nominations and won three? All three that he won were in the category of Gospel music. As far as we can tell, the King of Rock and Roll never won a Grammy in a rock category. The Grimwoods also visited the Memphis Zoo. It is huge! Beautifully arranged, too. Also if you’re looking for a good place to eat too much in Memphis, think about Anderton’s. They serve steak and seafood in the old school style. On the way back home, the Grimwoods decided that one zoo was just not enough, so they stopped at the Little Rock Zoo. Although it is smaller by far than the Memphis Zoo, they have three rhinos!! Rhinos are Keith’s favorite animals. There will be many rhino statues when Keith decorates his own Jungle Room.

The Idlet family split up for Spring Break. Dana, who’s almost 16 decided that she really, really wanted to take a road trip with her Mom. Karen and Dana drove to Gulf Shores, Alabama where they spent time soaking up the sun. Steven and Ezra drove to Springfield, Missouri where they got to spend about six hours of blissful shopping in the Bass Pro Shop! We ended up outfitting Steven with a fly fishing rig. The idea was to go flyfishing. The weather was totally uncooperative. It rained the first day and flooded the rivers we had planned to fish. The second day, we found a great place to fish in Missouri. Water in the stream bubbled up from a spring so it wasn’t a raging torrent from the rain. Steven did manage to slip and fall into the water with his waders on. Imagine icy water flooding into your pants and taking up residence. On our last day of Spring Break, a “blue norther” blew in from the arctic and blistered our fingers from the cold. We came home and went fishing in our pond and caught about three or four fish. Steven did learn to cast a fly rod which is a skill that he’ll keep for the rest of his life. He also learned how to empty his waders!

The rest of this email will contain pertinent information as to our whereabouts this coming spring. We’re going to be doing a lot of traveling and we’re looking forward to it. We’re also looking forward to seeing you.

Troutfully yours,
Keith & Ezra

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