July 16 – Full Circle

The morning started with hard rain and we ate our breakfast huddled under the hammock tarp. It had slowed to a drizzle by the time the kids and Mama Bear started hiking. I packed up the wet tarp and started soon after. While I was hurrying to catch up, I took the opportunity for a morning swim in rocky pond. The silver mist rose slowly from the ponds surface and the soft drizzle rippled the mountains’ reflections.

I eventually caught them, and we had a beautiful morning stroll to meet Mama Bear’s sister at a road crossing. She brought us back to Williamstown where Mama Bear’s parents, siblings, nieces and nephews all met us to celebrate their grandfather and spread some of his ashes along the section he hiked with us twelve years ago.

The kids and their cousins swam in the streams and goofed off together. The adults recreated some of the photos from our first trip with Mama Bear’s grandfather’s walking stick (cut in Georgia at the end of our southbound hike in 2002) held his remains. The kids built and launched a funeral ship made from twigs bark and leaves to carry their great grandfather down the river.

Back in town we had a picnic at a park. We ran into some old family friends that live nearby. We were an unruly group, but all enjoyed the controlled chaos. RobinHood was thrilled to discover and join a youth Ultimate. Frisbee clinic. And we all had fun in borrowed town clothes while we had a personalized laundry service care for our smelly garments.

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8 Comments on “July 16 – Full Circle

  1. How very proud Mamma Bear’s grandfather must be, watching you all now..

  2. It was so fun to see you guys! Thanks for taking the time off to hang out. A– was sooo happy to be reunited with her cousins, if only for a few hours.

  3. Absolutely amazing and wonderful! You are
    Truly blessed kallinfamily! Hugs!

  4. Awww sleepy Winnie, not sure I remember that she did that πŸ™‚ Lovely pictures, lovely memories.

  5. In two weeks I’ll be starting the Long Trail with my dad. If only you guys had hiked slower, maybe we would have crossed paths! πŸ˜€

  6. I have just started following you (from Williamstown, where I spend my summers) and seeing your photos made me feel like I’d missed the chance to catch up with some very dear and beloved friends. Moonlight Diner! The elementary school! Thanks for being such an inspiration.

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