Fiona and Neala (on left) brought their new blue heeler puppy, Blue. It was carefully passed from child to child. Esperanza (in blue), last year's baby, whom everyone worried about because she didn't start breathing as soon as she was born, is now over a year old, walking, flirty, and as bright as a pin, and we're all relieved and happy for her.
Carlos brought the elk antlers he'd discovered way up on our property while horseback riding. Yes, he asked first before retrieving them and taking them home to clean.
Joe (with wife Jacqueline in photo) spent 6 weeks working in the Williston gas fields of North Dakota earlier this spring, vowing never to return to its bleakness and wind and the prospect of no hook-ups for his camper.
Randi recounted his honey bee stories to Davy and Theresa. We're pleased to have bee hives in the valley to pollinate all the wild apple trees - good for us and for the deer, too.
John and Fran, originally from Texas, spun yarns of being in the Air Force during the early Cold War days, when 10 loaded nuclear warheads were kept aloft 24 hours a day.
Pat (with his girlfriend Cheryl in photo) and his daughter Meagan and her husband Matt (on right) recounted their trip to their ancestral Ireland.
We think about 31 of us were there, but I forgot to count. Left behind were a child's purse with small dog leashes and collars, a salad bowl with a delicious spinach salad (owner unknown), and memories of a valley gathering.