Monday, August 17, 2015

Family Reunion in Colorado

I'm now at the YMCA of the Rockies, near Estes Park, Colorado which is on the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park. SO great to be in the Colorado mountains...

After our arrival on Sunday and a relaxed evening, we packed a lot in today. Started with the annual softball game. Brother Dave has just made a hit in the photo below. I actually got a couple of decent hits (had a young runner running the bases for me!), was not very good as a fielder (we had about 3 mitts between all of us), and had a great time. Mix of kids and adults - some good players who tried hard but didn't get all wigged out by errors or runs scored by the other team.

 Softball game over; time for mini-golf. Dave was the champ. We all got holes in one!

After lunch, 3 of us went on a zipline. Nothing in the online registration told us we'd have to climb a telephone pole to get to the launching platform. Jumping off for the zipline was easy after that! Here cousin Randy climbs on up.

The view from our lodge. They have a bunch of "reunion lodges" here (besides a whole lot of other rooms and activities). The reunion lodges have a kitchen, big dining room and big meeting room, besides a lot of bedrooms. Perfect for the 60 or so of us gathered for the reunion.

They have a lovely little museum here. Dave's checking out the piano, of course!

A.A. Hyde, founder of the Mentholatum Company, was a huge supporter/donor for the property.

A mountain bunny...

We're at the Petrie Family Reunion, and here's the original family. The mother in the photo is my great aunt - my dad's mother's sister. Because my dad was an only child, all these kids were his first cousins, and they did a lot together. The little girl in the center is Barbara, who is the last left in that generation and is now 90 years old. Unfortunately, she couldn't make it to this year's "every 5th year" reunion...

The Beck clan, who are the ones we've had longest acquaintance with. Our lodge in the background... 

Posing for our "official" photo.

View from the lodge deck.

Dave singing for the talent show...

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