This is our third year staying at Don Laughlin's Riverside Casino RV Park to attend our annual high school reunion. Unlike most reunions, all our classes get together every year with the 40th and 50th years "hosting". Our little town is no longer there so we've been coming to Laughlin for over a decade. What's really special this year is our best buddies have finally retired and are bringing their RVs!
I made our reservations last year so we could all be together and we're the second ones to arrive on Wednesday afternoon. The other two arrive in time for chili dinner at our place. It's going to be hot while we're here so we have lots of time sitting outside trying to find shade.
|From the door - Jimmy, Maggie, Donnie, Bridgette, Anna, Pam, Kenny, Bill and Kevin.|
Thursday we hang out with our neighbors all day and Bridgette makes a yummy dinner for all of us. We're already loving having the gang together :-))
The guys all leave for the golf tournament early Friday, and us gals get together for breakfast in Bullhead City. I promised to get pics of the five teams coming off the 18th hole so I head to the course.
Everyone clearly had a great time, and each of the teams stop for their photos. Bill officiated with a couple good friends and had just as much fun!
|Our pals were the winning team - Harold, Kevin, Donnie and Jimmy|
|Officials Tommy, Bill and Mike|
|The all-women team came in last and had more fun than anyone! Tessa insisted on showing her support.|
|It's a great turn-out!|
|Sweet Patti - our intrepid photographer!|
|Our youngest Eagle, and granddaughter of our good friends Anna and Donnie - Quinn.|
|Always a treat to see our teachers - Coach Finton, Don Holder (US Government), Chet and Sharon Breneisse (choir and music), Mrs Sparkman (elementary school), and Mr Sparkman (math).|
|Bill's class of '74.|
|Jodee's class of '73|
|The proud winners of the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament - so much smack talking :-)|
|Choir members, led by our music teacher Mr. 'B', singing the alma mater. Always makes me teary-eyed.|
|Donnie and Anna's son Gary with his step-daughter Roz tearing up the dance floor. Definitely one of the highlights of the night!|
|After dancing with her 'Tata", Donnie, Roz put this sticker on his back.|
|He didn't know for hours, and everyone shared her delight of her successful prank. Too fun.|
|Jodee and Bill, Senior Prom 1973. We think we still look the same :-))))|
|Enjoying good friends under the Eagle Mountain flag.|
|Pam/Kenny, Maggie/Lizzy/Jimmy, Jodee/Bill, Bridgette/Kevin, Anna/Donnie. Yes, Tessa took the photo.|
For a school that had about 350 students yearly in grades 7-12 over 19 years, we have all stayed connected more than anywhere else I know. In addition to the reunions, Bill and I have visited with 79 high school friends across the country in the last three years on the road. There was something magical about where we grew up that connected our hearts for a lifetime, and we all appreciate how special it is.
Life is good.