It began with a trip to Portland, OR for the wedding of my nephew Jarom in the Portland Temple on July 2nd. Bruce & I, Mary and Libby were the only ones able to go, and it was a wonderful time.
The 4th of July was spent here at home. We went to the parade and got in the "wet zone" where the firefighters have a heyday getting everyone soaking wet. It was way fun! We had my nephew Corbin with us all that week - from my side of the family - and he entertained us with his great sense of humor.
On July 9th we took off to Rexburg to see Joshua perform in the new BYU Idaho Center (a new building on the campus that is almost exactly like the Conference Center only smaller). He sang in the Men's Chorus and was on the big screen several times for us to ooh and ahh. The concert was great! The next Monday we took off to Bear Lake for the reunion for my side of the family.
|Peter playing Ultimate Frisbee|
|Libby and cousin Hailey|
|Playing with cousins - Libby, Hailey and Alyssa|
|Bruce - in classic family reunion pose|
We finished that week out with a quick trip to Utah for Jarom & Whitney's reception in Lehi.
|Hells Canyon River Trip|
The week after the River Trip, we went on a pack trip with our whole family. (Yes - the fun has not stopped - the whole month!) We decided to go back to an old favorite - Langer Lake in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
They can carry a lot, but we found them labor intensive while we were camping, and also a lot more volatile while crossing rocks and streams. Either they need to be trained better or we need to not take them again! We found we much preferred the llamas. Horses are more for riding than leading, that is for sure.
We thoroughly enjoyed the pack trip. The highlight was the hike up to Ruffneck Peak.
We met Lookout Dave up there (the first time we have seen the Lookout manned), and had a fun time eating lunch and rolling huge rocks down the glacier. Jesse was sick most of the trip and made a gargantuan effort to even attempt the hike, and she made it! We treasured having all of our family together.
I'll have to post more pictures later of this trip - too many to put on right now.
Tomorrow we are off on another camping trip - I know - very crazy - to Sage Hen Reservoir, where we had the Family reunion many years ago on Bruce's side, and Joshua Wayne saw the moose swimming across the reservoir. He also came with us another year. I wish he and Rachel could come with us - maybe another year.
We have made many great memories this month. Hurrah for summer, good friends and family, and beautiful places to visit!