I look up to our forefathers.

Hello there-

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting Mt. Rushmore. It wasn’t the first time I was there, but this time I spent a lot of time enjoying the scenery, the history and the reason behind the monument.

I also took the hike to the bottom of the mountain and snapped this picture looking up at the granite 4-some. It’s awe inspiring and hard to believe that artist Gutzon Borglum dedicated his life to the project and started it on his own.


Yes, he had some help and the project was finished in 1941 and is now open year round for visitation.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln all sit stoically for the ages. Did you know that this was almost a sculpture of Lewis and Clark? I didn’t until my last visit. I highly recommend it!

While there, I made friends with a German fellow that was also impressed by the monument. I said something to the effect of “This is a fantastic piece of American history, isn’t it” He replied by inviting me to visit Germany to see some “real” history. OK, Ok, I’m sure there are some amazing things to see abroad, but this sculpture is something that everyone should see. I mean it.

Have a great day…I know that a lot of Americans are on vacation right now; I hope your travels take you to amazing places.


It feels like vacation time around here!

Hello everyone,

It’s the last week of school for the kids around the Kansas City area, and my son Casey is happy to report that he will be home early the next few days because he had the option to “opt out” of a few final exams this week. He’s a sophomore in high school.


What is this “opting out” business? When I was in high school we had to take our finals. There were no free passes. It’s an interesting notion that would have made the remaining days of my high school years much more fun, don’t you agree?


“It’s finals week. Do you want to study with me?”

“No, I’m opting to not take my finals this year.”

That would have never worked at Independence High School back in the 80’s 😉

Well the times are changing, but it still definitely feels like summer vacation is approaching us. We have a few family plans and hopefully I can get my entire clan together and take a few camping trips as a group or get away to a destination somewhere…but the problem is that “dad” (that’s me) doesn’t get to take the summer off. I merely have to bask and live vicariously through those of you that do.

Ah well, I’ll be right here at Mission Repair planning my next vacation. Where are you going this year, and have you started packing?

Have a great day, Ryan