|Pure joy … hugging Gwen!|
There was only one missing component, and that was our mutual childhood and best friend Gwen, who now lives in Sheridan, WY. Gwen’s house was where you could always find me if I wasn’t at Robin’s. The three of us have been discussing a celebration of our 60th birthdays, which came and went in early 2014. We are almost exactly a month apart in age (I’m the oldest!). Alas, our schedules couldn’t ever coincide.
You probably know where this is heading … as I arrived at Robin’s for dinner the first night. Yes, Gwen was there at the front door to greet me along with Robin. The two of them had been plotting this surprise ever since the August weekend was set, and Gwen even drove all the way from Sheridan!!!
|Above: transporting the bikes up and the bikers gathered before taking off.
Below: Were it not for our drought the green borders around the lake would not be visible.
I had lovely accommodations at The Inn at Fawnskin, run by Robin’s friends Nancy & Bill. Robin had raved about the wonderful hospitality and lovely accommodations, which were totally on point. A wonderful added bonus is the delicious, home-made (by Nancy) breakfast each morning served for all the guests. It is a great opportunity to interact and eat delicious food. We all had a front-row view for the Antique Car Club participants as they made their way around the lake lined with people cheering them on. This is small-town Americana at its best.
|The parade of unique vehicles passing by the Inn|
|Fawnskin grounds are just beautiful with the lake in the background|
|My garden suite (fireplace not visible!); below is resident dog Beau with the flying ears and
his constant companion/playmate
|Feeding time at Robin’s: The horses (Comet, Jubilee, and Echo, plus the very handsome llama Masquerade below). I now fully understand the “chores” involved with these wonderful animals — twice daily feedings and a whole lot of love (plus clean-up!)
|Robin’s log home|
Too soon, it was so long “for now,” because we will get together again — in Sheridan or maybe back in Big Bear or even in Los Angeles. Regardless of where, it will continue to happen as it has for about 55 years …