06 June 2014
The month of June was a very busy month. It began with a trip to Utah to drop off Dawn at her cousin, Angie Bytheway’s place. She was registered to ride with her in the “Little Red” ride in Cache Valley, Livingston, Utah on the first week end of June.
It is important that I announce Dawn and her cousin rode the longest they have ever ridden in a bike ride. They rode 70 miles in one day.
I was then on my way to Boise, Idaho to join with Stephanie, Holly and Robyn who had entered the Boise Idaho Ironman competition as a relay team. We met up with Gordon and Paula who were visiting Nancy (Linda’s sister with cancer). We stayed in the Best Western Northwest Lodge the night before the competition and put Steph’s bike together which was shipped out to Holly and Jon in a large box.
The next day the competition began with Holly swimming 1 ¼ mile in the choppy waters of the Lucky Peak reservoir. She did it in 48 minutes (seven minutes below the cut off time). Steph then put on the ankle timer and rode off on the 56 mile bike ride. She was hammered by a 20 mhp head wind on the way back from the 24 mile turn around point. However, she gained 30 minutes by the time she arrived at the transfer spot for Robyn.
Robyn charged out the timer gate and finished the 13 mile run under the qualifying time to finish the race. What an exciting time! We all were so amazed at their accomplishment. The many hours of hard training paid off. When we got back to Utah, Ella and Brock spent the night with Josh and family. The next morning Dawn and I took all the kids and Josh and Danielle to Lagoon for the day. How fun was that!?
So the first week of June was exciting.
Then next exciting event for Dawn and I was Central Stake girls camp. We had volunteered to spent two days with the 3rd ward girls and take them on the adventure hike. On the 18th of June we arrived in a snow storm at the Darby Girl’s Camp. Around the fire Don Schanz and I talked until time to go to bed in a small tent. It was extremely cold and without the wool blanket he provide for cover I would have suffered severely.
The next day Dawn and I put on our backpacks (in preparation for our hiking in Colorado in August) and walked up the mountain to Pack Saddle lake with several of the girls. It was a step hike and slippery due to the weather the night before. It was not without incident due to the misfortune of one of the girls (Mattie) falling in the lake off a rope swing. She was given dry clothes and a fire to bring her back for near freezing.
On the 21st of June, Dawn and Christine Taow drove to SLC to attend the Swedish festival and meet with family. I did not go because I was preparing for our 50th class reunion the next weekend. However, Dawn had to return to Utah on the 27th to attend her mother-in-laws funeral. Marie Hopper died earlier that week. So Dawn did not get to attend the Shelley High school reunion.
The evening of the 27th of June, Leon Clark, Laron Shumway, Kendall Christensen and I met with 28 other class member at the North Bingham County Park near Shelley, Idaho to kick off the reunion. The weather was cool and it did rain earlier. None-the-less we started a camp fire and roasted hot dogs and smores. That evening we set up for the next day and all the activities.
On Saturday the 28th we met with nearly 80 member of our class and their spouses for lunch. I was in charge of decorations and a media presentation. After lunch we assembled in the Aldridge School house (an historical building) on the property. I gave a power point presentation of the class of 64’ beginning with the first grade and followed through high school. It was well received.
The last day of June, Nancy Need died. We met with her while in Boise, Idaho for the Ironman. At that time we said our good byes. We attended her funeral yesterday (5 July 2014). She is buried in the Taylor Cemetery near her home in Jameston, Idaho.
Darby Girls Camp Snow
Backpack to Pack Saddle Lake
The girls of Darby
Holly finishing the swim
Steph finishing the ride
Robyn finishing the race
The girls ready for fun
Dawn ready for "Little Red"
Strawberries from the garden
Flowers from back of Julia's yard
Hiking the Menan Buttes
Dawn and Hazel on top the the Buttes
64' class reunion
North Bingham County Park
Class of 64' - 50 years later!
Our last visit with Nancy Need