We converged on lovely Gold Mountain RV park on the Similkameen River setting up house in tents, trailers and rustic cabins.
Some were busy creating a family tree
Others quickly bonded over table games with lots of chatter and laughter.
A tailgate party with the youngest cousins.
Panning for gold
Rick, our avid fisherman found a mountain lake and his supper.
Some hiked 4 Km to an abandoned gold mine.
Some were more adventurous than others
We all feasted on a fabulous potluck supper
Two nieces deep fried delicious Rollkuchen served with watermelon.
These are traditional family summer treats and they definitely were a hit.
Local cherries and chocolate sweets topped the delicious meal - groan
A family treasure, a pop bottle capper, was the prize of the day. We reminisced on all the root beer our parents had made - Dad would come home from work and sit at the kitchen table with an ice cold glass of this homemade fizzy. Once in a while there would be a bottle that would explode in the basement!
Thirteen of the clan went on a four hour tour of the Mascot mine which produced seven tons of gold extracted about 70 years ago.
These hardy souls climbed down and then back up 587 steps on a wooden staircase clinging to the side of the mountain.
View of the Similkameen River from the old gold mine site
Back at the campground there was lots of time to relax
Evening firesides brought the gang together for "s'mores", huddles of chattering, a modern minstrel with a guitar and beautiful harmonies floating softly through the night air.
Thanks family for coming and making the weekend a memorable occasion.
I will happily pass the planning of the next reunion to the hands of the younger generation :) May it be BIGGER and BETTER.