It is always a bit difficult to get back into the swing of things after a vacation, but I am working on it.
Our visit to the mountains was great. Jesse and I picked up my SIL in WF. We giggled our way across the top of Texas and New Mexico and back. My sister and her friend joined us in RR, along with her daughter and a friend. And we stayed with my cousin (the one I went to Paris with). So, it was a girl's weekend. There were eight of us ladies in all. Poor Paul (Barbara's husband)! He was a trooper to put up with all of us.
It has been 17 years since I was in the mountains for the 4th of July, which was always a good time, but a bit crowded with tourist. Here is a scene from our perch at the Swaggerty's house where we watched the parade.
The parade always starts with the firetrucks. When we lived in RR, we always rode our horses as part of the RR Riding Club. Great memories - funny how the horses always knew it was parade day and acted like idiots, made it difficult to catch them, horse sneezed on our white shirts, etc. Most of the parade consisted of ATVs, but the Community House float was my favorite.
After the parade, we ate with the Swaggerty's, who are old
friends of mine from way back in RR. They put on a feast and invited a
few others who invited their friends. One of the invitees was a pretty
blonde lady with her two daughters. I had no idea who she was and no one
introduced her, but she turned out to be one of the headliners for the
nightly entertainment over the 4th. Later, someone told me that Pauline Reese was a fairly famous Texas singer. At the Motherlode on Friday night, she joined in with the band and we got to hear her sing - pretty darn good. But we did not buy the 45$ tickets to hear her and Michael Martin MurpheyPictured here in the parade. Instead, we paid 20 bucks to go to "Hoodstock" at the Bull. The twenty dollars got us in on Friday night, all day Saturday, and Sat. night to hear several different bands - lots of fun.
Of course, I did my usual visiting of old friends.
We ate at Sundance. Jesse and I took a ride up the chairlift and listened to a little band there while enjoying the view. Jes did some serious hiking up the East Fork Trail and to Old Mike's Peak. She took some awesome photos.
And a good time was had by all.