On Saturday morning, we headed out for the final leg of our journey, our trip home. This was mercifully the shortest drive of our whole grand tour, just three hours. I think the boys might have died of excitement if it had taken much longer. We rolled into town just before lunchtime and went to our very dear friends' home where we would be staying, the Larsons.
Tim and Anne had driven all the way from Indiana to Page, and Shaun and Melissa were in town to see everyone as well. This gave us the perfect excuse to stay in town where we had more room and the where the kids could be with their friends. Lunch at RDs was our very first order of business. Once we were filled with burgers, fries, and Oreo shakes, it was off to the lake without further adieu. The Larsons joined us along with the Martins that were in town. I don't know if the water ever felt that good!
The rest of the days we were in Page were spent playing at the lake and enjoying the company of our friends and family. John and Michelle even came over for a couple of days to enjoy some lake time. I even got to go and get my hair done while I was in town by my friend and very favorite hairdresser, Melissa.
No matter what they say, you can go home again! Love to all of our Page family!
Friday, July 6, 2012
The second part of our trip was a quick, but wonderful one. My parents decided early this year that they wanted to serve another mission. They opted to go to Cove Fort, UT for six months to serve as tour guides at the historic site. This is a place that we have driven by a million times on our travels between Arizona and Utah. I had heard of it, but had never stopped to see what was there.
We made about a six hour journey from Durango to this small Fort at the junction of I-15 and I-70. As we arrived in the early evening, my parents were able to give us the tour of the site. It was really fun to hear them share with us what they had been doing as well as the history of the Fort. For those who don't know, Brigham Young called families to go and colonize all over Utah in the latter half of the 1800's. As the prophet and president of the church, Brigham Young would travel to many of these small towns and settlements, and Cove Ft. was built as a stopping point for him and other church travelers. Ira Hinkley, an ancestor of President Hinkley was called along with his family to build and maintain it.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
We settled on early July to make our trip which would be in three stages including stops in Durango, CO, Cove Ft., UT, and finally Page. Unfortunately, Theo and Drake both had to stay behind due to school obligations.
And so, off we went to John and Michelle's house, an eight hour journey. We arrived in the afternoon and were able to cross paths with another branch of our family that had been visiting with the Gilleland clan, the Hannays. One of the things I love most about getting together with family is the way our kids can pick up right where they left off. From the moment we arrived, the boys abandoned themselves to all of the fun to be had at the Gilleland homestead. Swimming in the pond, basketball in the shop, sleeping in a huge pile of blankets together, all the good things to be had by boys in the summer.
The second day we were there happened to be the Fourth of July. Originally, we had planned to drive up to Silverton to spend the night and enjoy their small-town parade. Rain put a damper on the plan, and kept us in Durango instead. Michelle has been very active in local politics the last several years, and arranged for us to be in the Durango parade representing the Republican Party candidates. John drove us in the pintzgaur while we waved our flags and banners.