Cheyenne in 1868
Wyoming Family Reunion
(Sunday July 1, 2012)
hursday morning Mel
announced that we were going to the July 1st Fertig family reunion in
Cheyenne, Wyoming. My response was more like a groan, but I started
throwing everything into the motor-home. Hopefully, we'd be ready to go
later that afternoon. No matter checking whether or not everything was
working properly...we were going, and managed to be on our way around 9:30
that evening. We arrived at Ray and Donnie's Five R Ranch near Cheyenne
early Saturday evening where we spent the night. Donnie and I planned to
pick up some food to take to the reunion in the morning. This was our
first visit with them since they moved into their beautiful new home.
Mel's mother was a sister to Alex Fertig, whose family has a reunion
honoring him and his wife Fern every year around the Fourth of July. They
put a lot of planning and effort into this wonderful family event. The
elders are gradually disappearing and being replaced by new generations.
The number of young adults and babies is amazing....A never ending story.
Mary's busy as usual. Evelyn suffered a stroke not many days ago, but
she told her doctors she wasn't going to miss the reunion. A very spunky,
admirable lady. She looks so good it's hard to imagine what happened to
Mel and Mary's husband Calvin sharing some laughs. This bunch knows how
to have fun.
Remember Wesley the great magic card guy?
A good ol' western shoot-out!
Horse shoe is just one of the games to enjoy.
Catherine and her little grand sons.
Donnie's constantly on the move.
Ray Jr. enjoying a cool treat on a very hot afternoon.
The Alex n' Fern Fertig bunch heads out for a family photo op.
Ray and Donnie are positively entertaining with their many adventure
stories and jokes. Ray's type of political
would help America solve it's economic problems. Maybe that's why Wyoming
has $Billions in it's rainy day account.
The kids getting their prizes for winning various games. We got a gift
for coming the furthest, and another for being the oldest.
After the picnic we spent a few hours visiting in Ray and Donnie's cool
garage where they have family dinner get-togethers every Friday. The next
morning we went out to breakfast at a Perkins restaurant Ray's
construction crew remodeled.
After breakfast we thanked n' hugged them, and hit the road for
Wheatland where we visited with Calvin and Mary before heading home.
Wyoming has miles of oil wells, underground pipelines, and trainloads of
coal that we've watched being developed over the years.
Smoke drifting over the sun from the
A ridge of operating wind-mills
producing electricity. The
road trip was tiring for this old pair, but the experience seeing those at
the reunion was well worth the effort. Traveling over this
hot, windy sage brush land brings to mind how many months it used to
take travelers to get from one place to another on horseback or
wagons. No trees, water or food for miles. Those travelers figured out
ways to survive, and developed the wild west into civilization. Now it
takes us a couple of days in our RV with everything we need, including
air conditioning...thanks to creativity.
Below is an aerial view of
what Cheyenne looks like today. Looking back, now and ahead...you have to
admit that it's a never ending story overflowing with memories.
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