Sunday, July 19, 2009

Flowers in Coffeen Park



To answer Betsy's question: all four members of our little family got to vacation together this year: Alyson, 20 and Amber, 18 plus husband, Gary and me, old! We started our family late in life but have so enjoyed raising our beautiful, smart, funny girls. Neither one of us can figure out how the time went by so fast but then I know that's not unusual. Gary was raised in Wyoming and lived a completely different lifestyle than I did growing up mostly in the Washington, DC area. (We met in Idaho but that's a different story for another day.)

Gary's family is also quite a bit larger than mine. We decided truly the more the merrier and we had a very merry time. His sister, Jeri, brought her camper up and his other sister, Lauri, stayed in it with her. Jeri's daughter, Vicki, arrived with another camper and her husband, Willy, and three kids, Matt, Hunter and Keira. Jeri's son, Steven, camped in a tent. Cousin Ken and his wife Robin brought their daughter Emma with them as well. Ken's brother, Randy and two sisters, Cathy and Carrie and spouses all stopped by as well. It's been a family tradition for generations to camp in the Big Horns. We are pleased to continue this fine tradition and hope that our kids will too some day. It's a little freaky to be the oldest generation now. When I arrived on the scene 21 years ago, Gary's parents were still alive. We miss them so much now when we are there but they are not; however, it's the circle of life, is it not?

You can drive a truck or motorcycle to Coffeen Park. It's an entrance to the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area. There is no motorized travel allowed on the trail. Imagine my delight when I arrived to see a meadow full of flowers! Check out fabulous flower pictures at Today's Flowers.

16 comments:

Lisa Wilson said...

Beautiful!! It looks like you are having the most fabulous summer!

SquirrelQueen said...

A beautiful field of flowers, what a wonderful sight to discover.
Have a great day,
SQ

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Wow that looks great.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Loran, Thanks so much for the updates. Family traditions like that are just so special. I want to rent a big beachhouse someday --and get all of our kids and grands together (to start a new tradition). Don't know when that will happen--but it's my goal or dream.

Thanks again!!!! I do want to know how you and Gary met sometime.. Sounds like a great story.

Have a great Sunday.
Hugs,
Betsy

Naturegirl said...

Love this bright field of flowers!

Denise said...

What a wonderful post, I enjoyed reading about your family very much. Thank you for sharing. This must be a wonderful place to vacation, such beautiful flower photos also.

Kim said...

These are so pretty. I just love shots of flowers growing wild like this.

VALKYRIEN said...

It sounds like the perfect summer to me! And lovely sunny flowers! Thanks for sharing!

And yes: I would love a perfume made of peonies! :)

Sandy Kessler said...

quite a covering

Pat - Arkansas said...

What a lovely scene to greet you! Thanks for sharing your photos.

Wishing you a wonderful vacation.

Janie said...

The flowers are beautiful! So nice that the girls and Gary's extended family could all be there to make merry.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for sharing your delight! These flowers are intoxicating.

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

What a lovely field of yellow blossoms!
Hugs and blessings,

thecozyretreat said...

I feel like I'm standing in that meadow. Great shots!

Arija said...

A beautiful display of wildflowers.

Viola said...

Beautiful sunflowers! And just as lots of the sunflowers as your family and relatives when you meet at the camp.. :)It sounds like a very nice tradition :)