Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Reunion 2010

I packed my car with several different art projects, a sleeping bag, lanterns, dice, camera, the list goes on and on. Then I thought of what the trip was for and unpacked the art supplies. Camping with the family.... 52 of us.

Most of our time was spent around this ring of rocks filled with fire. It worked on this gathering as it has for thousands of years promoting stories, songs and sharing of food aka s'mores.

I was one of the first up and enjoyed the sight of the ring still glowing with life from the night before.

Looks like we all had morning hair, this robber found a jar of mixed nuts left out. She brought her relations and we all got to see them try to out smart us for food.

The fire ring saw the youngest and oldest in the family and the story's are retold.

After dinner we were able to be a bit arty with an impromptu puppet show.

This was our view from the covered area where we had our big potluck. The sound of the horn on the stern wheeler was like magic drifting through the trees. You could pretend that it was 1910.
The camping trip was held at Eagle Creek Campground in the Columbia river gorge, we stayed at the group site called Overlook. It was so nice to have the place to ourselves.
This is looking northwest over the river to the Washington side. The sunset colors didn't show as nice as in real life. It was so beautiful with the scent of pine and the sound of an Osprey crying out to it's mate.

We all packed up on Sunday with many hugs and dreams of next year. I am so lucky to have this big happy family.
I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich. ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford, "Identity Crisis," M*A*S*H


heather noye said...

looks like everyone had a fabulous time. i loved the pictures. specially the shadow puppets! thanks for sharing them.

Dayna Collins said...

What a great tradition! Looks like you had a great time - and I loved the photo of the bird with the crazy hair.

cynthia said...

I think I want to be a member of your family, Tory! You seem to have so much fun together and you all have a great sense of humor. Thanks for sharing this event.