Following a painful bike wreck earlier in the summer, I was still eager to get back on my bike while we were in Jackson Hole. It was terrifying at first, but I loved riding through the National Park with Chris and Sarah.
It was a great day to ride along the lake.
What can be better than mountains, water, kids and bikes on a pleasant summer day?
We had fun hanging out with our friends in Jackson. There’s plenty to do, even without wifi or TV. In this photo we’re playing Left, Right, Center. My goal was to get rid of all the candy bars I had left over, and the scheme worked for me. Everyone else won rounds of the game except me.
There’s plenty of time to sit and admire the mountain views.
We took our friends to see the Cunningham cabin, and I couldn’t avoid taking a few “through the window” photos.
We also drove them through the National Park.
Then we returned home and shot some pop cans with a bb gun. We all found out it isn’t easy to shoot from a moving swing, but it was a lot of fun.
We had a great opportunity to watch the full eclipse of the sun at my dad’s home in Jackson Hole. Some friends from Kansas–Gretchen and Jim–came to join us, as well as two of our kids. Thankfully, the weather was great that day.
Paul and Jim set up tripods for their cameras and we watched the entire process with great enthusiasm. We had free glasses from the library.
We saw the crescent sun in the shadows from a colander we had on hand.
And also in the shadow of the trees.
But the most exciting moment, of course, is when totality arrives and the beautiful horizon lights up in all four directions.
We could clearly see the corona effect. Then, very soon, it was daylight again and it was cool to see a jet that had apparently come across the Tetons to view the total eclipse turn back to the North.
Here are more pics of my mother, the one I’ve been celebrating these last two weeks. She was loved by everyone. She was talented and willing to help others in many ways. She taught piano lessons when we were young. This nice photo at the piano was taken years later.
She learned how to cane chairs well and was wiling to help others with their projects.
I love this photo of her with two of the dogs.
And this one at the phone is typical of her–often conversing with friends.
Here she is with her dearest friend from college, Maggie:
My parents had many couples that were considered close, dear friends. They also spent a lot of time with various groups of friends. Here is my mother with Glen and Beth Exum.
And here she is with me! This is the last weekend she came to Buffalo: in May before she passed away in July of 2001. I’m glad we stopped briefly to have this photo taken.