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1999 Summer Vacation

(These are letters Jennifer wrote to her friend Kaitlin while we were on vacation in the summer of 1999.  They have been reproduced as they were written.  Clicking on a date will take you to an image of the actual letter.)


June 25, 1999

Dear Kaitlin,

Have you got the other letter I sent you yet?  If you did, did you like the Idea of being penpals, if not I guess we could call each other every once in a while.  If you did not get the letter, all it really said was I missed you very very much and talked about being penpals.  Anyway why I'm writing this is because I'm going on vacation and I'm going to write what I do Every day, this is the first day though.  I really do miss you very very verree-yyyy much!!  I hope to see you soon!!

Love,

Jennifer Rhodes


June 26, 1999

Dear Kaitlin,

Today I'm going to start at the beginning and go to the end.  So first I got up or maybe I guess my dad woke me up.  Then I went to the lobby and ate my free breakfast!  Then we went to the world of coke.

Dad, me, and Mom at the World of Coke

It was neat.  After that we ate at Jonny rocket's.  Then we went to the Science center.  Then shopped.  Ate at a pizza place that was yummy!!  Then went back to the Hotel.  Oh ya I forgot to tell you where we are!  well we are at, in Atlanta Georgia.  Sorry!  We are going to see my cousins monday ya!! Well by!!

Love,

Jen-Jen R


June 27, 1999

Kaitlin,

Today we ate are free breakfast.  Then we went to Stone mountain that had a cool carving of three people who fought for the south boo!  That was Civil war.  That was the war about having slaves and not having slaves also about the us splitting up the north won and thats how the United States became United.  We went on a boat ride.  We took the sky way up to the top of the mountain then we walked all the way down the mountain!!!  But my mom twisted her knee!!  We went miniatre golfing.  My dad won  I came in last.

Love,

Jenny

Me and Dad climbing the rock at Stone Mt.

Mom after she twisted her knee


June 28, 1999

Kaitlin,

Today I went to six flags which is a Theme park.  That is the place that I told you I'd see my cousins but they didn't come because it was raining too hard and because they live there.  Any way I rode lots of rides.  My dad was so excited about the batman ride.  I was too small to ride.  But it was both my mom and dads favorite ride.  I like one kind that I had never rode before it went like this    it went forward and then backward in the same loop like this     then in the same loop you go backward   It was my first time I went in a backward loop.  My favorite show was a gun fight show.

Love,

Jennifer


June 29, 1999

Kaitlin,
On top of Lookout Mt.

Today we're going to go to chattanooga and we're going to stay in a train!!!  Wow cool ha?  It's the one I sent you the postcard of.  I was only about two hours away from where we were.  When we got here this is what we did, first we went to ruby falls which is a cave that has a beautiful waterfall in the cave.  Next we went to lookout mountain that has a incline railway.  It is the steepest one there is in the world!  last we went to rock city.  It had pretty garden it also had a cave that led you to I think even a more beautiful that ruby falls.

Dad and me in Ruby Falls cave

Love,

Jen-Jen


June 30, 1999

Kaitlin,

Today we went to the aquarium.  They had beuituiful fish and some very ugly.  There were some pretty some not as pretty and some very very neat jellyfish!!  My faivorite one was the cool moon jellyfish.  Dads faivorite kind was not really a jellyfish but it was cool I don't no the name but I can tell you what it looked like.  It had had lights running down its, you know those stringy things.  Moms was a very ugly one!  Next we went to a kids museum.  It was fun we or I went to a workshop there.  I miss you so very much I wish you were here.  Hope to see you soon.

Love,

Jen-Jen

At the aquarium


July 1, 1999

Mom, Jack, and Me

Kaitlin,

Today we are moving to a different place.  We are going to Nashville in Tennessee.  We  stopped on some side trips on the way there though.  The first stop was the alpine slide it was a sled sort of.  It was on top of a mountain.  It had lot, I mean a lot of slopes.  The next stop is a one my parents wanted to do.  I had no interest in doing it.  It was some thing.  It was a tour of how to make Jack Daniel's whiskey.  I say it was very very very very very very very Boring.

Love,

Jennifer


July 2, 1999

Kat-Kat,

Today we went to Apryland thats a Hotel.  We didn't stay there though.  there was a boat ride that we rode.

Then we we went shopping.

We had some ice cream.  Mine was Reeses peanut butter cup.  you know how I love Reeses peanut butter cups.  It was gooood!

yummy!  Super!

Great!  Delicious!

I bought a beanie.  I saw the Worlds biggest teddy bear.  We went to see a show that people pretended to be contry singers like Garth.

Love,

Jen-Jen

Worlds biggest teddy bear


July 3, 1999

Kaitlin,

Country music hall of fameToday well first we went to the contry music hall of fame.  Then we went to a recording studio.  Elvis used too do recording in it.  Now sometimes Brian White Dolly Parton and other people do.  After that we went to the parthenon.  That is a museum of old stuff.  Then we went to the Grand ole opry.  That is a country singer's place. where country singer's dancers and music.  I only knew 1 song that Andy Griggs, it was one of his newer songs.  I took I picture of him for you to see what he looks like.

outside the Grand Ole Opry

Love,

Jen-Jen


July 4, 1999

Kat-Kat,

Today were leaving to are realxing part of the trip.  we are going to virginia.  We are not going to make any side trips so I am going to tell you what I'm going to do for Virginia.  I am going to wait intill the end of virginia and tell you what I did for the week I spent there.  When we got to virginia we saw lots of fire works for the forth of 4 of July.  Did you?  I wish you were here with me very very very very very very very very ver very very very much.  I miss you that much too.  Hope to see you soon

Love,

Jen-Jen

My first fish! Me and the Roberts family


Family reunion in Ohio - Gradma Essies family(She never got back around to writing any more letters to Kaitlin.  We stayed a week in Virginia and then went to a family reunion in Ohio.)