With 2012 flying by it was already July which meant it was time for our family reunion in Idaho. So west I went for almost two weeks, first stopping in Salt Lake City to visit Crystal and Tayt.
Next stop was for a little lesson in quantum mechanics. My nephew Eric, a physics student at ISU, works at the Idaho Accelerator Center and kindly gave us a tour of the facilities. He and his fiancé Sidney also run the department’s outreach program which gives magic-show-like physics demonstration to Idaho youngsters (and his family on this particular day.)
A visit to Idaho wouldn’t be complete without a trip out to my old BLM fire station in Atomic City. Leaving Idaho Falls at 5 AM I was at the station in time for sunrise and a run to Table Legs Butte. At the top in the crisp morning air I could clearly see the Tetons in Wyoming over 100 miles away!
Before heading to the reunion Eric, Sidney and I spent a morning in the country taking their wedding announcement photos. Though quite a change from my usual subject matter of mountains, rocks, rusty vehicles, and flying fish we had a wonderful time. I have to say if their marriage is anything like their jubilation during the photo shoot they’ve got it made! Congratulations guys!
After months of planning it was finally time for our family reunion. With hours to spare my brother Michael, sister Taryn and I finished the grocery shopping and headed to Island Park, Idaho. It’s held about every four years at our great-grandparents family cabin near Yellowstone National Park and this year more than 50 family members came from far and wide for the three day event. All in all it was a huge success, in no small part thanks to everyone’s help before, during, and after the reunion.
Heading south again I was greeted by a very happy Crystal and even happier Tayt who was finally free after his four month stay in the hospital. Though still restricted to the Salt Lake City area so as to be nearby Primary Children’s Hospital, it means he can finally get back to some semblance of being a kid again!
And now I pack for a 6 AM flight east to prepare to leave the country for several months. The first stop is a wedding on a continent I’ve never visited and then in September (via some yet-unknown means of transportation) I’ll return to one of my favorite places, this time with my folks in tow!