We left for Diamond Lake on Saturday morning. More curvy driving. One thing we noticed were all the green trees. In our area, trees are either decimated by bark beetles or forest fires. This was a nice change.
The family gathering at Diamond Lake included some of Mark's first cousins and extended family/friends. We always call this family the ABDC family, as the first born was Adele (we celebrated her 85th birthday at Diamond Lake), then Betty (also in attendance). Then there was a boy, Dan, and another girl, Connie. At this point they realized they were kind of following the alphabet in naming their children, with that one minor exception. So then came Edith, Florence, Gladys, Howard, Ione (she was at Diamond Lake), Julia and Ken.
The first time we attended a family gathering at Diamond Lake was in 1997, the summer after Aaron's freshman year in college, so it's been a while. We stayed in a little studio, and a lot of the rest stayed across the road in a really gorgeous cabin that accommodated 20, which was good because there were lots of mouths to feed, and it had a gourmet kitchen and lots of seating, both inside and on the decks.
We celebrated milestone birthdays and anniversaries, along with anything else needing some kind of acknowledgement.