Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Revisiting America

 There have been so many coincidences on this trip.  Another being an e-mail from nephew John Schell, a lawyer,  living in D.C. many years, a "hiker", an all-around great person, father, husband, people -person.  "Lou, guess what, I'll be in Bozeman, Montana, September 9, and leave for home on the 10th."
I was invited to the home of his friend and hiking partner, Steve Schnee and wife Jean for a get-together and dinner Friday the 9th.  I also met Clark, Steven, and Modi.  The five men have hiked together many times, this time in Yellowstone, and the Tetons.  What a nice gathering of talented, likable men and Steve's lovely family, wife Jean, daughters, son-in-law and grandson.  The meal was absolutely wonderfully prepared and served by Jean after her being in attendance at a funeral all afternoon, a friend of the family.  She seemed tireless.  I was such a good time.  What an opportunity to make new friends and see Johnny.
I had make reservations to stay in Livingston, so drove on there after the get-to-gether, getting there around 10:00 p.m., making it much closer for my drive to Clyde Park the next morning.
Ellene and I couldn't quite remember the year, we think around 1979, when we came to Clyde Park, Montana and spent the week at the G Bar M ranch, along with Cindy Craig, our leader, Kay Odom, Fletcher( driver extraordinaire) and 8 other GA girls.  I re-visited this ranch, finding the son, Mike, the owner-manager of the ranch who was around 10 or 12  years old at the time we visited so many years ago.  His father, George, had died just three weeks ago, so it was hard for him to talk about a lot of things.  Took a lot of pictures which are quite a different view of things because when we were there that December every thing was covered in snow.  One of the popular things for ladies in this area is quilting so the new lodge, built since we were there, was hosting 18 ladies who come twice a year to quilt, have clinics, and be together.  I said my good-byes and drove back to Twin Bridges, remembering what a wonderful time we had that December.

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