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Crested Butte & Idaho Family Reunion

IMG_0396Our next stop in our travels took us to Crested Butte, Colorado. Wow, what a gorgeous and quirky little town. It’s an old Western style town full of old patched together buildings combined with upscale ski resort condos. It was packed full of little interesting places to eat, saloons, shops, galleries and incredible views. We drove out into the country the day before the show to enjoy the scenery and the wild flowers.

Here are some of the flowers in town

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Lodging was scarce in this town unless you were willing to pay high prices for condos so we just rented a room in a rustic home conveniently located two blocks from my booth.  One morning we arrived at our booth and discovered a bear was hanging out in a tree only half a block away.BearThey squirted him with water to scare him away but we later found him up in a tree only another short distance away.  No one seemed to be terribly concerned.

The highlight of this weekend was a visit from good friend, Rachel Miller who came via train to Grand Junction from Napa. She then rented a car and drove another 3 hours to join us. We had so much fun catching up and exploring the area.  Rachels

A couple of days later we arrived in Bogus Basin Recreation Area above Boise, Idaho for my Gingerich family reunion.  These are all the cousins on my mother’s side of the family.   Our Aunts and Uncles have all passed on but the cousins still enjoy each others company a lot. We all love to laugh so it makes for a fun gathering.

RodWe hiked and had fun learning to know the wee ones.Colleen-&-NoraNora-&-Rod

Our daughter, Liz was able to drive out from Portland to join us at the reunion so we had a couple of nice days together.

Liz-&-RodFather daughter sunset gazing…

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