We know how fortunate we are to come from a small town, to have friends we've known for decades, to have the opportunity to see them every year.
It is especially sweet since our little town no longer exists. And the pumping plant village where I lived 50 miles away is now closed to the public. The fact that every year up to 100 of us get together in Laughlin, NV, is so unique. Not just classmates and their spouses (many who are also classmates), but several of our former teachers, and even a few parents.
We arrive Tuesday afternoon to Riverside RV Park to stay for week. Friends start arriving on Thursday and we all meet for dinner and brews to kick off our weekend. The River Walk is quiet and we all enjoy hanging out by the water under the full moon.
|The moon rises quickly|
|Jimmy, Coy, Bill, Rennie, Donnie|
|Janet, Pam, Sonya, Patty, Stacy, Cheryl|
The day heats up fast and I end up hanging out at home doing absolutely nothing all by myself. Lovely.
We head to the Edgewater Casino for the Meet-and-Greet around 6 PM.
|Nine years of year books and a sadly growing list of those we've lost|
|Me, Donnie, Stacy, Chris, Connie|
|Bill's doppleganger, Kenny, and photo-bomber Patty|
|Neither of us were drinking - really!!|
Saturday morning Donnie and Anna walk up to join us for second cup, and soon there's a knock on the door. Cyndee was also out for a morning walk and found our rig - by the duct tape on the windshield!! Such a classy look :-)
The day flies by visiting by the pool and soon it's time to get ready for the reunion dinner.
Even more people are in attendance, including one of my very best high school friends who I haven't seen since 1975.
|We love getting to see Danny each year, but seeing his sister Kathy after 40 years is a special treat!!|
|Oldest and youngest|
|Teacher and student sharing photos|
|Classmates who haven't seen each other in 45 years getting caught up - Coy and Steve|
|Mr and Mrs Brenniese, Mrs and Mr Sparkman, Coach Finton, Mr McDowell - our teachers|
|18 from classes 1967-1979 who attended K-12 at Eagle Mountain|
|We all had a wonderful time!|
|Woohoo, sealed nice and tight!|
I find a medical lab in nearby Bullhead City, AZ, where I can get some overdue blood tests done and my Monday morning appointment is a quick in-and-out. The cost is very reasonable so not being able to use my California-based health insurance is not an issue. Nice to get that off my list :-)
We run a few more errands and spend a relaxing afternoon at home. Tuesday morning we'll return to Williams for an overnight stop.
It was another wonderful gathering of lifetime friends, something we treasure more and more each year.