In late August 2023, I participated in a hike in the Snowies organized by the Cheyenne Audubon Society, a group I occasionally joined when I lived nearby. I spread the word among the gardeners of the town’s community garden where I'm active, and three more people signed up, a husband-wife team who volunteered to drive everyone, and a participant from France recently relocated to Saratoga with husband and child, who was grateful for her first outing into the vastness of the Snowy Range. The pictures below detail the hike.
Our destination, Miner's Cabin (above), shows the ravages of age and weather. From there it was another one-third of a mile on steep terrain to the parking lot.
Above: I believe this peak is called Diamon Head. We are at an elevation of 10,500 feet. Luckily the weather was as good as we could ask for.
Here I am with the Saratoga couple in whose car we arrived to join the Cheyenne group at Lake Marie to set out on Tipple Trail.
Above: my friend Angélique & moi on a hike in the Snowies with Audubon members from Cheyenne.
Above: The group comprised of some acquaintences from my Cheyenne days.
In early May, 2023, I traveled to California with my canine companion to be with grandkids while their parents were away. AJ is in high school; his sister, Grace, will be in middle school come fall.
January and February 2023.
The pic to the left shows my eldest and family with me at a restaurant in College Station, Texas; the other pics are of my youngest and family with me at a restaurant in Livermore, California. Also a couple of pics of my Calif. grandson and his girl. Finally, aldo a pic of my youngest granddaugther and me, preparing dough for bking cookies.
To the right: Yours truly and Abby with visiting dogs Scout and Cota, whose owners, my son Frank and his spouse Beth, visited also. This was early June 2022, still cool enough to wear long sleeves. I moved away from there IN October of that year.
Thousands of students from the various schools of Boise State University graduated that day, taking hours longer than announced. At one point a light rain fell but did nothing to diminish the crowd's enthusiasm, much less the students'.
Colton was commissioned in the army the following day, May 10, 2022, with his Uncle Walter (my eldest son) officiating at Colton's Oath of Office. Below are Colton with his parents, Colton with all family members, including his uncle from California (to the extreme right), who flew in. His uncle from Texas flew into Boise also, whereas I opted to drive. In the "All of Us" pic, I'm flanked by the two sons who visited for the occasion, Walter (in uniform) to my left, Andy to my right. Frank, the proud papa, (to the extreme left) is my middle son.
Above I am with my grandsons Brett and Colton. The two brothers and I are smiling at the festivities.
To the right is Colton with his Uncle Walter from Texas, where serves in the Reserves and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Colton is now a Second Lieutenant in the Army.
On October 9,2021, Grandson AJ and his date Lilly went on their first Homecoming Dance. They are both first-year students at Livermore High School in Livermore, CA. To the right is AJ with some friends/classmates at the event.
Grandson AJ snoozing with puppy Lola, now a grown yellow lab. To the right: In the backyard of my former Cheyenne home, June 2015. Abby has come to live with me.
Granddaughter Amanda in my garage when she was about seven years old. She and her parents now reside in Texas.
With Grandsons Colton and Brett in California in 2012. All three of my adult children grew up in California. The oldest left for Wyoming but the middle and youngest still reside in the state of their birth. Addendum: My middle son, Frank, and his family moved to Idaho a the end of 2019.