Family reunion

It turns out that I have some long lost cousins living in Wyoming.  Dad had one sister, Edith Jean, who got married to an outdoorsman from Oklahoma and they moved to Wyoming.  Although dad kept in touch with her, we never went out there.  She would occasionally come back to Indiana to visit grandma, and I may have bumped into them when I was little, but I don’t remember them.

So, I decided to go out and visit them along with my brother Phil and his wife Joy from California.  Cousin James is quite the outdoorsman and he took us out hiking and biking.  On my last hike, attempting to get to the top of Medicine Bow Peak, I managed to sprain my ankle and couldn’t do any more outdoorsy stuff.  This gave me a chance to spend time with my other cousins, Kay and Lynn, while Phil & James did the outdoorsy, manly stuff.

I didn’t get a chance to meet my two other cousins, Frank and Peggy.  Frank was somewhere in Asia and Peggy lives in Washington state.  Maybe we’ll meet another time.

All in all it was quite fun.  They are all as friendly and sociable as our family and it was like we’ve known each other for years.

brother Phil, cousin Kay, me, and cousin James

brother Phil, cousin Kay, me, and cousin James

brother Phil & cousin Lynn

brother Phil & cousin Lynn

Cousin James on the Lost Lake trail in the Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow National Forest. This is about the prettiest hike you can go on.  Every turn and every angle was a different beautiful scene.

Cousin James on the Lost Lake trail in the Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow National Forest.
This is about the prettiest hike you can go on. Every turn and every angle was a different beautiful scene.

Lost Lake loop scene

Lost Lake trail scene

Lost Lake loop scene

Lost Lake trail scene

Lost Lake loop scene

Lost Lake trail scene

Ready to go on Douglas Creek trail of the Platte River wilderness.

Ready to go on Douglas Creek trail of the Platte River wilderness.

Douglas Creek was very beautiful.

Douglas Creek was very beautiful.

The Rocky Mountain Pine Beetle has killed millions of pine trees in southeast Wyoming and Colorado.  Much of the forest now looks like this.

The Mountain Pine Beetle has killed millions of pine trees in southeast Wyoming and Colorado. Much of the forest now looks like this.

Up close of the home of the Mountain Pine Beetle

Up close of the home of the Mountain Pine Beetle

The end of the hike.

The end of the hike.

Phil and cousin James ready to head up to Medicine Bow Peak.

Phil and cousin James ready to head up to Medicine Bow Peak.

Me and James anxious to head up to Medicine Bow Peak

Me and James anxious to head up to Medicine Bow Peak

I didn't quite make it to the top of the peak.  This is the result.

I didn’t quite make it to the top of the peak. This is the result.

Pronghorns are very common in this part of Wyoming

Pronghorns are very common in this part of Wyoming

Barbequeing with Phil & cousin Kay

Barbequeing with Phil & cousin Kay

Yum yum!

Yum yum!

Yum yum!

Yum yum!

cousin Kay new how to get us into a behind-the-scenes look at a T-Rex that was being prepared for display. Steve gave us this very interesting tour.

cousin Kay knew how to get us into a behind-the-scenes look at a T-Rex that was being prepared for display.
Steve gave us this very interesting tour.

Here's the whole T-Rex fossil in it's bed.  It takes a year or two to clean it up and prepare it for display. Sister-in-Law Joy in the background.

Here’s the whole T-Rex fossil in it’s bed. It takes a year or two to clean it up and prepare it for display.
Sister-in-Law Joy in the background.

Steve likes to use a model T-Rex skeleton as a pointer for showing us maps and timelines.

Steve likes to use a model T-Rex skeleton as a pointer for showing us maps and timelines.

Great Grandpa Delong He was grandma McAfee's father and ran a very successful farm near Bluffton, Indiana.

Great Grandpa Delong
He was grandma McAfee’s father and ran a very successful farm near Bluffton, Indiana.

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One Response to Family reunion

  1. Jennifer says:

    Paul – that’s so awesome to connect with long lost family! It’s too bad for your ankle…eek! You better get that healed for Sept! 🙂

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