Greetings, Friends and Family. June has been, and continues to be, busy. The big event was the marriage of Heidi Hinkle to Joey Vargas on June 11. Susie and I escorted Heidi down the aisle and I proclaimed that "Her mother and I" supported her in this union. (You don't give the bride away these days.)
For wedding pictures see the Facebook page of Heidi Hinkle Vargas.
For those who don't know about this storybook romance, Joey and Heidi were friends, but not an item, from fifth grade through high school, then went separate ways and were reunited some 17 years later via facebook. We're thrilled. Everyone who knows them is so happy for them and has said so on Facebook. Their story and more wedding pictures here.
Son-in-law Paul and granddaughter Kaci sang a duet at the wedding - the musical highlight for us.
The wedding was held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, on the bank of the Rio Grande just north of Albuquerque. We stayed a couple of nights there and one morning I went walking along said bank. Some pix:
There was a little of that Arizona-fire smoke in the air, but not bad at all.
Just before I took that sunrise picture, what I thought was a large log went drifting by. Seconds later, I heard a loud Whack, and turned around. It was a beaver, I think, or else the Rio Grande Monster, slapping its tail as it dived under the surface. Repeated the performance a few more times.
Sunday, June 12, we had Mike and family; Jeff and family; Mandi and Paul; Matt, Suzy, Kaci, and Andrew; Kenny and Vonnie Hinkle; and Joyce and Jay Rush out for a day of visiting and chowing-down in Cedar Crest. Kenny and Joyce are siblings of Susie's late husband, Manny. Sorry, but I didn't get pictures all around, but here are a couple of young grandkids pictures:
The bedroom glow comes from the sun shining through maroon shades.
Jason recently re-started bicycling, having not ridden much since the training wheel stage of bicycling life, and is now really into it. I looked into renting a bike for him to ride here - he will be with us for two weeks - but found a good used just-right mountain bike to buy for less money. Just happens to be the same make and colors of my mountain bike. Also is an incentive for Jason to come back and visit often. More on bicycling adventures later.
Tuesday, Mike, Karen, Jason, and I went rafting on the Rio Grande, a white water section between Taos and Espanola. Here's a partial publicity shot from the rafting company. Will post our pix later after we purchase them.
Coming next: Trip to Canyon de Chelly, AZ, and El Morro (Inscription Rock), NM.