Saturday, August 22, 2009

Family reunion

Friday night after making smores we came upon a drum circle on the beach and visitors were welcome to participate.
Here Grandpa and Junior show the others how it is done.

Family reunion

Friday night was spend making smores; a first for Marie. The other pictures show some of the others things we did.

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Family Reunion

Sebastian pointing to where the geocache should have been. The last item had to be recorded as not found. Apparently someone had found it and removed it.
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Well, the day started easy enough but proved far more difficult than we planned. We went geocaching and had a real adventure.
Geocaching is high-tech treasure hunting. Using a GPS we searched for hidden geocaches (containers). Inside the containers are various objects from a simple piece of papers to record that you found it, to objects such as key chains, pictures etc.
We took off with high hopes of finding unknown treasures. We searched for three and found two. We walked nearly 3 miles (some claimed it was much further than that). While walking we heard the time-old phrase, "Are we there yet?" However, it was not the children asking the question but some of the adults.
Some of the geocaches were easy to find. The last one was the hardest and we risked life and limb to try to find it.
In the first picture Sebastian and Marie found one of the geocaches. Junior was the navigator. The final hunt was the most challenging. The remaining pictures show the hunters trying to safely enter the river bed. Of course, it would have been easier and safer to walk further down the road to the bike trail but some of the members would rather by pass a locked gate (I wonder why that gate was locked?) than to walk any further. Fortunately we were able to make it to the river bed safely.
After arriving home safely it was time to take a well earned nap. Rest of the day was spent complaining about aches and pains and reliving the adventure.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Family Reunion

As of Thursday afternoon everyone has arrived. the first day was used for people to get settled in. For the evening we had a BBQ (chicken and round steak wrapped in bacon), baked potato, corn and salad.
After dinner we had a game night. Everyone participated in Wacko for several rounds and then some left the game to play a few rounds of pool.
After the games we had a family council to get feedback from everyone about having regular family reunions. All were very enthusiastic about making this a regular event. Some discussion was had about should it be every year or every two years. We also discussed the possibility of the next site and who should sponsor it. Nothing was decided at the meeting because there purpose was to get people thinking about these various areas. We will continue the discussion Friday night. The evening ended with dessert with a choice of chocolate cake or Dyer's Fruit Bars.
Friday morning, we will be going Geocaching for the first time then everyone will be on their own until dinner. Some are planning on bicycle rides, time at the beach or pool and etc.

Video: The Pool Sharks