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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mid-July Update

     Amazing how time is flying by!  The July 4th weekend was interesting with just five campsites occupied on our busiest night!  We had no idea what to expect, but several campers commented that they love to come here for holidays for just that reason… quiet and uncrowded!  Works for us :)  Has been picking up since, and we have had as many as nine campsites occupied a couple of nights!

      We were pleased to have Barbara & Wayne spend the holiday weekend with us!  They made several trips from our campground to Jackson and the Tetons, so we got in visits as their schedule allowed. We had a meal together at our home one evening, ice cream a couple of evenings as we chatted, and ate at a nearby, recently-opened restaurant we had been wanting to try… very good, and we highly recommend the Branding Iron CafĂ© in Bondurant, Wyoming to anyone in the area!  Thanks to Wayne for taking a new photo of our Warren Bridge Campground on the Green River, and for coming to visit us! 
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Warren Bridge Campground by Wayne Reese
     The Green River Rendezvous was an annual event in the 1830s. Mountain Men, Trappers, Travelers and Indians all gathered in a valley “below the Green” river and bartered, traded, sold, and swapped various items such as skins, pelts, guns, jewelry and whatever else they needed. All knew the place where Horse Creek flowed into the Green in the Upper Green River Valley, the site of six Rendezvous. The Rendezvous lasted anywhere from a few days to several months and was a time for getting new supplies, renewing acquaintances with old friends, story swapping, drinking and general rowdiness.

     This past weekend was the Green River Rendezvous celebration. Held the second full weekend of each July, it relives the early Mountain Man history of the area. During Rendezvous, the town of Pinedale comes alive with activities and events surrounding the Mountain Man theme, such as fur trade lectures, demonstrations and tours, talks by Native American historians and fur trade era historians, American Mountain Men encampment, parade, Trader’s Row, craft fair, art show, Rendezvous Pageant and rodeos.  Here are a few photos…
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     Yesterday we said goodbye to some campground visitors that we are pleased to now call “friends.”  From Louisiana, Deborah & Keith are long-time RVers, but new to “fulltiming,” and just happened to stumble upon our campground.  We meet a lot of nice people, but found a special connection with them! (Hmmm… sounds familiar, doesn’t it!)  “Shared rving histories, tips and hints, and they will be joining the Escapees RV Club soon!  Thinking they might like to attend a RV Boot Camp and join us in Quartzsite in January!  They will be an awesome addition to our Classless Class!  So many people have shared with us and helped us out, particularly in the beginning… was great to “give back” a bit.  Welcome, friends!
     Today our Day Use Area is a busy, busy place as we are a “rest stop” on Day 3 of Tour de Wyoming.  The route for this event covers 413 miles in six days. Some 400 participants, bicycle riders and event staff, are scurrying about. We are enjoying watching it all today!
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     Wow!  A busy two weeks of good visits, events, warmer weather and great summer storms!  We are well, and wish the same for each of you! 

     Be well, everyone!!!  Dianne & Tom

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Loss & Blessings

     Our quiet, peaceful lives here in Wyoming made me wonder what I might write about this time as I post a bi-weekly blog update.  But then, I’m standing at the kitchen counter cutting up veggies for a pot of soup and Tom reads to me from a Facebook post of a friend saying goodbye to her brother who has just passed.  And I think of my cousin who has just this past week lost his daughter.  Others we know of have suffered recent losses, and some are dealing with illness. Much sadness! How does one balance the good in each of our lives with such losses?  How do we post about fun gatherings and simple things, yet be sensitive to the losses and struggles of our friends and family?

     A sweet friend always ends his communications with the phrase, “Life Is Good.”  And, I believe, we MUST embrace these sentiments!  There is sadness and loss.  There is pain.  But, life IS good!  It seems that those who leave us behind wouldn’t wish for our lives to be anything but good!  So, we must not feel guilty when we are enjoying ourselves, any of us, having a laugh or experiencing fun and adventures.  Life is to be lived, and to be lived to the best of our abilities… ever mindful of the losses and yet celebrating the blessings.

     Now, after the heaviness of the two previous paragraphs, we move to a big blessing in our lives… visits with friends and sharing the joys of our adventures!  Becky & Dave arrived on June 20th to spend several days with us! One day, we took a drive to a place near by where Dave had camped and fished at back in the late 80s… Green River Lakes.  So beautiful, and such fun to be with them both as he reminisced about this area and his past adventures. We had good times together, the guys fished a bit (small fish, but tasty!), and it was fun to have them with us on the Summer Solstice! Special friends… we look forward to their return in a few weeks when they can stay longer!!!

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      So, as this new month of July begins, we wish each of you the joys of Summer, and heartfelt sympathy for those struggling.  Find the joy and celebrate the good times! Shed the tears, feel the pain, and look forward to all that is good.  Yes, Freddy… life is good!

Hugs and best wishes to all!  Dianne & Tom

 “One cannot get through life without pain. What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us.” Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.