Everyone whose known us for more than a couple years knows where we spend the third week of April. This year, it was a week early to avoid the Easter holiday. It's our annual high school (town) reunion in Laughlin, Nevada.
As Bill and I were high school sweethearts, and he took me to my Senior prom (he was a Junior), we both know many of the same people and share lots of stories from that wonderful time in our lives. I actually lived nearly 50 miles from the mining town where the high school was so he knows a lot of the younger sisters and brothers that I never met. I'm getting to know many of them who come to the reunions on a regular basis.
We spend a lot of time hanging out with everyone between our rigs, moving to chase the shade during the day, and the light winds in the evening. We share all our dinners, and really enjoy gathering for coffee in the morning. It's a great time that goes by too fast.
|Despite a few breaks in "our" chair, Tessa manages to get filthy from a week of being in the dirt.|
|Quinn gets a ride around the park with the grandma-brigade.|
|Sometimes Jimmy needs a time-out :-)|
|Maggie with the Pat Tillman Bridge|
|The engineering of this structure is mind-blowing.|
|The walk-through built during the original construction - I try not to think about the gazillion gallons of water pressing against these walls (although the tour guide continues to mention is over and over!)|
|Inside the dam, these narrow tunnels lead to the vents on the front of the structure.|
|Photo taken from the vent in the side of the dam.|
|Despite two years of good rainfall, the bath-tub ring shows an all time low for the lake.|
|Meanwhile.....Bill is having an equally great time running around the golf course in his official cart.|
|The golf gang - each year more people get involved.|
|We always have a handful of teachers - here Coach Finton and wife Pat.|
|Quinn plays balloons with Daddy and her sister Roz.|
|Our own Blues Sisters get the party started!|
We even get a visit from our pals John and Pam (Oh the Places They Go) out for a motorcycle ride! It's so fun to see them even for a short visit! I fail to get a pic so you'll just have to believe me :-)
Our last day we take Kevin with us to check out Christmas Tree Pass. I've wanted to make this drive for years and am still amazed by it's natural beauty.
|The highlight of Bill's day - a beautiful young Bull Snake. Tessa won't cuddle up with him after he has "snake-smell" on his shirt :-)|
|Many of these namesake trees along the road.|
|The variety of formations is fascinating.|
|Another great time with great friends comes to an end.|
|Joshua Tree Highway|
|A sweet spot for overnight.|