Sunday, July 15, 2012

Idaho / Montana vacation

It's road trip time!!

We left for McCammon, ID on Friday, July 13.

We are now the road to Helena, but let me tell you about McCammon:

Dirk's dad, Arlan, grew up in McCammon, ID and so that's where we held the reunion this year. It was a great time! Arlan's sister Marlene still lives in McCammon and we did most everything at her house, although our fifth wheel was parked in an empty field across the street along with Estella and John's trailer and Herb's trailer (Arlan's brother).

I've never met most of Arlan's family other than Marlene / Bruce and Dean / Brenda so this trip was a real treat. I really like his family! They are all very nice!

Arlan's family has endured some tragedy along the way: His oldest brother Sidney was murdered at the young age of 30 back in 1967. He had 5 kids at the time. Of Sidney's kids there has been tragedy as well, but this weekend I met Tina, Sid's oldest daughter (I think) and she's terrific!!!

Arlan's mom also had a few baby's that died right after birth (either two or three). I'll have to get more information about these. Arlan's moms name was Thelda and she was a nurse by trade. She studied up in Logan. Arlan's fathers name was Ariel and he worked on the railroad an we are not sure what else. I will be happy to meet them someday :-).

Marlene prepared and picture scavenger hunt yesterday and that was fun!! We split up into groups and walked around town finding the things she had given us pictures of. Estella, Emma, Carmon and I were on a team along with Ivy, Adan, Hazel and KayLee ( we were a bit handicapped with so many little ones). Fortunately, Estella knew where most everything was so it didn't take us long. We did meet up with the guy team at some point so Dirk and I stayed at the elementary school to play with some of the kids. I'm SO glad we made it to the reunion!!!!

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