Lynnette and Clint
Our first morning in the mountains we decided to hike up Palisade Mountain, four of us were up for the challenge. With walking sticks in hand we took off. It was a little tough for us flatlander's. Thin high altitude air can give you quite a workout.
With an easy pace and a few breaks.........
The Baker's, us and the Sixta's in Rocky Mountain National Park.
After 7 days with Clint and Lynnette, Tim and I headed for Fort Collins for a McLaughlin family reunion. (this is Tim's parents, siblings, nieces and nephews(minus 3).
Friday night's gathering centered around the evening meal, a crawdad boil.... a first for many of us. These little urchins flew in last Wednesday(Yes, they are alive! They were a little cold so they
didn't move much.)
A little seasoning, sweetcorn, sausage, chicken and potatoes.....
.........oh, and don't forget the little crawdads themselves....
It did make for a tasty meal, just had to be prepared for a little brow sweat.
There were around 75 McLaughlin's at the KOA in Fort Collins. The two days mainly consisted of a lot of reminiscing. Four of the brothers of the original 13 children of Alfred and Vetleen were telling stories and answering questions about growing up in southwest North Dakota. It's really a testament to the bond of this family when you can get many of the 75 to come hundreds of miles for a quick reunion. This all happens every two years....and we all look forward to the next.