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Danny did it! Here, family call him and say congrats. 
United States || San Francisco

Danny did it! Here, family call him and say congrats.

United States || San Francisco

Danny relaxes in Duboce park. 
United States || San Francisco
 

Danny relaxes in Duboce park.

United States || San Francisco

 

An action shot!  Amber snuck a photo during Danny’s presentation.

An action shot!  Amber snuck a photo during Danny’s presentation.

We just got back from a trip to California, where Danny defended his PhD at the American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco.  Amber took a new head shot for Danny after his successful defense.

We just got back from a trip to California, where Danny defended his PhD at the American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco.  Amber took a new head shot for Danny after his successful defense.

Last guest post from Danny’s mom:

I couldn’t finish my guest blogging without noting that the first time we visited Rocheport, MO we stayed at Amber House.  Of course I picked it because of the name!  It was a lovely place to stay, but it was booked full when we started this trip.  I can’t believe such a tiny town has such great accommodations.

Guest post from Danny’s mom:

One mile from the end of the 2 day, 50 mile bike ride, we came upon a trail that would take us up to the top of the bluffs, for food and beverages!  Kathy hesitated, big time, but Maurice was persistent.  I swear it was the longest .3 mile, mostly straight up!  But the treats and wine and view were worth it.  Obviously only had 1 glass each.  We still had to hike down to our bikes and pedal the last mile!

Guest post from Danny’s mom:





Close to our return to Rocheport, MO on day 2 of biking, we find a shady bench with a view of a tugboat pushing a barge along the Missouri River.


 

Guest post from Danny’s mom:

Close to our return to Rocheport, MO on day 2 of biking, we find a shady bench with a view of a tugboat pushing a barge along the Missouri River.
 

Guest post from Danny’s mom:

The Missouri state champion burr oak tree (left) stands in a field near McBaine, MO.

For more than 250 years, it has stood resilient and weathered mighty floods and sweltering droughts. During the big flood of 1993 it was in 9 feet of water for 6 weeks. 
I think Danny and Amber’s Burr Oak in Decorah, IA (right) was just as impressive!

Editor’s note: the one in IA is actually more impressive.

Guest post from Danny’s mom:

Kathy rests on her thinking rock along the Muddy Missouri, as she thinks about how many more miles her legs have left!  She also contemplates what Lewis and Clark thought when they camped here!

Guest post from Danny’s mom:

Barn Swallows were zooming all along the bluffs south east of Rocheport.  They zoomed like bats across the landscape and found their nest with incredible speed and agility.