Part II: Westward Ho!
We’re back from Wyoming, the second leg of our annual east-then-west summer vacation. We usually visit my dad & stepmom Susanna at Sun West ranch south of Bozeman, Montana. But this year, Susanna threw a big birthday party for my dad in Sheridan, Wyoming.
My dad’s four sisters and their families came out to celebrate too – fun follows my lovely Meyer aunties, and this trip was no exception.
My aunt Kathy brought everyone’s favorite sausages and cheeses from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This platter was decimated in short order. Even little Cooper heartily dug in!
On Friday, our whole group toured the Custer Battlefields. I’ll never look at the buttes and mountains between Sheridan and the Taylor ranch the same way again.
Saturday we gathered at stunning Rafter T (aka the Taylor) Ranch – the cattle ranch my stepmom Susanna grew up on, and that her brother and nephews now run – to celebrate Baby Anna’s christening and Dad’s birthday. It was a spectacular day, hot and sunny and beefy.
Tenderloin for lunch, thank you very much.
I used to stay in this guest house when I was…Nathan’s age. Holy Crap that was a long time ago.
Lemon christening cake for Baby Anna (above), chocolate birthday cake for Dad. Both were incredible.
Yes, I ate both lemon and chocolate cake on the same day. Uff.
After lunch the crowd jumped in the pool to digest. Pool in the mountains…nice.
On Sunday we headed over to the magical HF Bar Dude Ranch, source of several memorable family vacations and many, many Taylor and Meyer celebrations over the years. (If you’re looking for a perfect family vacation, this is the spot.)
Before dinner, a group of us shot sporting clays…including John.
Home now, ready to eat less, sleep more, and finish sorting through my photos.
So long Summer 2010!