Within all the family activities and work obligations, Tracey and I finally had an evening to do “our thing.” She treated me to a trip to one of their family’s sinful pleasure palaces, the Sweet Frog.
Sweet Frog is a chain of frozen yogurt stores where we picked up cartons and went through the line of flavors, pulling the handle to add yummy soft-serve flavors. My favorite was Peanut Butter…and Blueberry Burst…and Cookies & Cream…and Cable Car Chocolate…. I guess that would be “My favorites were.” I’m not even going to discuss the variety of toppings or how much it weighed when I put it on the scale (or how much I weighed afterward!)
The founder of Sweet Frog, Derek Cha, immigrated to the U.S. from S. Korea and opened his first Sweet Frog store in Richmond VA in 2009. They are founded on Christian principles and the F.R.O.G. part of the name actually stands for “Fully Rely on God.” As of 2013, the stores number 215 throughout the country.
I’m kind of glad there isn’t one in my neighborhood! Will and I took his Grandma Sue to a Sweet Frog a few days later. She liked it, too!
The second tier of my four-tier United Airlines flight and summer trip started with Tracey and I staying overnight in Charlottesville, VA. Within walking distance of our motel, we shared a tasty Reuben sandwich at Applebees and our delightful waitress enticed us to have a “tiny” dessert of scrumptious fudge cake and a dollop of ice cream… and it really was just that, and a delicious ending to our dinner. The cost was a $1 for each of us. (You didn’t think we were going to get only one, did you?)
We spent the evening looking at pictures on her computer and having special daughter/mom time together. It is always heart wrenching to leave my children, because I never know when I will see them again.
We were in motion by 4:45 a.m. I finally found my passport and Tracey combed my hair because I had already packed my suitcase. I was not sure my lipstick fit my lips or my eyebrow pencil my eyebrows, but we were on our way.
The four-seat-across butterfly awaited my flight to Washington Dulles. The three-seat-across #757 to Chicago O’Hare was much better. Why do they spend so much time on “water escapes?” No, I don’t really listen. If we crash into Lake Michigan, it may solve the “outliving my money” issue. I’ll just help everyone else out, be on NBC for my old-lady braveness and if Matt Lauer asks why I did it, I will say, “To publicize my book, Winter in the Wilderness.” I will become famous, become a trillionaire and then I’ll buy my own blasted airplane!
I could have been made famous by something else. A child right behind me kicked my seat most of the trip. I was very tempted to get on my knees, peek over the seat back, point my fingers at him and say with my beady-eyed look, “If you don’t stop that, I will turn you into a frog!” but I didn’t. I love kids…I love kids…I love kids. God Bless until next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, is offered through Amazon and most Internet book sites. A print edition may be obtained from Amazon or you can order an autographed copy from the author at Box 1040, Congress, AZ for $7.95 plus $3.50 for postage and handling. The fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada is available through Amazon.com.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”