Yesterday my mom and I attended a reunion of the Clifton Isaac Laney clan, held just outside of Emmett, ID. The location was a nice little park right by the Black Canyon Dam. The weather was nice and the company even better. It was a lot of fun to get to know folks that are related to us all, coming from my grandmother's oldest brother. I had a good long talk with a 94 year-old man who married into the family (husband to Ella, one of Clifton's daughters, she is 93 now, and was born and raised in Kamas). His name is Vearl Rich, a descendant of Charles C. Rich, and served a mission in California in the 1940's. His first area was Chico, so we had a good talk about what had changed and what had not in the intervening years. Also had a good chat with his grandson, Spencer, who will be sending me some photos from that side of the family. He is apparently studying archealogy, and spent a summer in Gridley about 10 years ago. I got pretty excited about the prospect of getting some of our extended family together for a reunion at some point. Here are some photos.
There was a eagle in this nest making all kinds of racket when we go there, but after awhile either left or settled down in the nest.
A panoramic view of the dam and the river. A nice cool breeze came off the river the entire time we were there.
One of the nice parts of the entertainment was a cousin who plays the bagpipes very well.