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Koi seminar is reason enough to take cross-country roadtrip

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Posted: Saturday, June 19, 2010 12:00 am

Who went: Jak and Barbara Flockhart and Jerold and Phyllis Kyle.

Occupation: Retired.

Hometown: Lodi.

The trip: Jack and Barbara flew five-to-six hours each way. Jerold and Phyllis drove five-to-six days each way through Salt Lake City, Utah; Laramie, Wy; Denver, Colo.; Fort Riley, Kans. (to see the kids); St. Louis, Mo., to Nashville, and home through Jacksonvill, Ark, to see old friends and Oklahoma City, Okla. to see family.

Highlights: In May, we attended the Associated Koi Clubs of America Annual Seminar to see old friends in the koi hobby. We learned the lastest information on koi breeding, koi husbandry, water gardening and we went on a tour of the best koi ponds the Nashville club has to offer. We visited the historic old town area and attended the Grand Ole Opry presentation. Spending time in the Country Music Hall of Fame was particularly enjoyed. Jerold, who is the AKCA Koi Health Program Director, was one of the seminar speakers and received a club "Koi Person of the Year" award.

Would you go back? Driving across country — if one has the time — is the best way to get a sense of the grandeur and sheer size of the United States. With lives focused on cities, taking a trip through Middle America reminds us of or roots. Next year, the seminar will be hosted by the Indianapolis Club, and drive or fly, we will be there to see more country and make more friends.

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