I woke up this morning in rarified air.
First person awake, I smiled at the thought of big family so close. My dear wife Karen soon to awaken from my stirring, my darling daughter Elisabeth and her terrific boyfriend George Three on the first floor below, sisters- and brother-in-law and nieces and nephews in other units close by and more to arrive today.
Good first morning at the Miner Family Reunion. Fine first morning in Estes Park, Colo. My, it had been some afternoon and evening Thursday, meeting Jana and Dacia and Drew from Alaska and Steve and Joan and Ross from Oregon and Washington and Stormy from Texas for the first time, and seeing Lynne and Kimi again. Karen’s siblings and their beloved. My family, too, it’s so obvious as we ate and drank and walked this lovely little town and basically carried around. There will be many blogs to come, yes, indeed.
But first I had to wander outside the Lovely Cottage Karen snagged from her online search to see the sun peek over the peaks here at the entrancet to the big National Park. Just last night, the nice woman behind us in the checkout lane in Safeway who provided us with her store card so we could get the appropriate discount — $12, thank you so much, ma’am — told me I had to see this. Thank you again, polite resident.
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I walked a bit up and down the block, and shot liberally with my iPhone as the clock approached 6:30 a.m. Mountain Time.
The blue Lovely Cottage we’re calling home and its backdrop caught my eye and took my breath.
I didn’t have to wander too far for the majesty of my surroundings to sink in.
Yes, this will be quite a setting for the first time for all five Miner siblings to be in the same place in 20 years. And it was my idea that the time had come for such an occasion. My dear wife worked hard for everybody a to agree on dates and a place. Hooray for all. Unfortunately, Karen’s son Daryl, and Lynne’s husband Chuck and son Chaz can’t make it because of work commitments. Chaz is deployed in the military. We’ll be thinking of them all.
There’s a balcony from the den on the second floor of the Lovely Cottage.
And because I think the mountains are beautiful, a gallery:
Does your family have a regular reunion, and if so, can you share stories? Do you live near your siblings or spread out, and can you explain? Have you ever been to the Rocky Mountains, and if so, what have you done here?