Wednesday, July 29, 2015

2015 Womble Reunion–Final

This year marked the 59th or 60th (depending on how we are counting) consecutive Womble Family Reunion.  It has been held for many years in Morse, TX at the Community Center.  Some years have been in Amarillo, some in Stinnett, some in Spearman, Dalhart, Panhandle.  But home is the Morse community.  I can remember one we had at my grandfather, W.T. “Tab” Womble’s farm.  This is the family of Lorenzo Dow Womble.  For any who need some family tree information, please just let me know. 

Anyway, for many years the reunion has been shrinking.  That happens to a lot family gatherings.  The elder members die and the younger members scatter and become more involved in the immediate family.  Which is as it should be!  We have struggled with organizing the reunion, places to hold the reunion to entice more people, things for the young people to do.  But is just not working.  So this year we voted to end the Womble Family Reunion.  I have a very heavy heart but also know this is for the best. 

Here are lots of pictures taken of the attendees this year.

One of our family had the idea to put the tree up on the wall on pieces of paper.  I so wish I had taken better pictures.  It was great to see who belonged to who. (Linda, I would love some copies of this if you got good pictures!)  I many have to just do my own so I can see where everyone is in the great scheme.07-26-15 Womble Reunion 0107-26-15 Womble Reunion 0207-26-15 Womble Reunion 03Looking over proposals for reunions.07-26-15 Womble Reunion 0407-26-15 Womble Reunion 06Garrison was such a happy baby!07-26-15 Womble Reunion 0907-26-15 Womble Reunion 10He was fascinated with Cynthia’s nails that glittered.07-26-15 Womble Reunion 1307-26-15 Womble Reunion 1407-26-15 Womble Reunion 1507-26-15 Womble Reunion 1607-26-15 Womble Reunion 1707-26-15 Womble Reunion 1807-26-15 Womble Reunion 1907-26-15 Womble Reunion 20Silent auction tables.07-26-15 Womble Reunion 2107-26-15 Womble Reunion 2307-26-15 Womble Reunion 2507-26-15 Womble Reunion 2607-26-15 Womble Reunion 2707-26-15 Womble Reunion 2807-26-15 Womble Reunion 2907-26-15 Womble Reunion 3007-26-15 Womble Reunion 31Steve, you ruined the picture by moving!07-26-15 Womble Reunion 3207-26-15 Womble Reunion 3307-26-15 Womble Reunion 3407-26-15 Womble Reunion 3607-26-15 Womble Reunion 3707-26-15 Womble Reunion 3807-26-15 Womble Reunion 3907-26-15 Womble Reunion 4007-26-15 Womble Reunion 41Food.  One of the best reasons to go to a Womble gathering.  Yum.07-26-15 Womble Reunion 4207-26-15 Womble Reunion 4307-26-15 Womble Reunion 44Two babies this year!  07-26-15 Womble Reunion 4507-26-15 Womble Reunion 4607-26-15 Womble Reunion 47Garrison could not take any more.07-26-15 Womble Reunion 4807-26-15 Womble Reunion 4907-26-15 Womble Reunion 5007-26-15 Womble Reunion 51

And another reunion is gone.  Forever.  However, we discussed that if anyone is interested, Memorial Day at Lieb Cemetery is a big family event.  People bring covered dishes and gather at the community center for lots of memories and renewing of friendships and connections.  Go join.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cool Red River, NM

We finally got away from the heat to the forest between Red River and Questa.  We try to always stay in Columbine Campground when we go there and we were lucky enough to get a great spot.  Pretty secluded and full of hummingbirds.  07-16-15 campsite

The first night there we had a huge buck come through our camp.  It was so close that Zane could see his hair and said it looked like Buddy’s.  He came through so fast I could not even get pictures!

So we of course have to have campfires and s’mores!  Right off the bat that is what we did.07-16-15 Red River s'mores 0107-16-15 Red River s'mores 0207-16-15 Red River s'mores 0407-16-15 Red River s'mores 05Mmmmmm. No, these are not good at all.  We did do a little different this year.  We used Nutella instead of Hershey bars. Don’t knock it til you try it!  It is sooooo good.  Nice and gooey.07-16-15 Red River s'mores 06We were there 6 nights and 5 days. So nice to sit and enjoy and let everyone do what they wanted pretty much.  Of course the boys fished every day.  But we did a lot of just sight seeing.

This is part of Fawn Lakes, just down toward Red River from our campsite.  It is a great place to take the younger ones, or anyone really, to fish.  From here Zachary and Mike could go stream fishing and let Zane, with Kathleen supervising, fish away.  They caught a few fish and we did eat one the first night.  The rest of the time it was catch and release.07-17-15 Fawn LakesWe took a small road trip to Cabresto Lake.  It is listed on a tour guide as a jeep trip but we opted to take the truck.  Just going into Questa you follow the signs and eventually get there.  It was not an easy road but except for low vehicles, is very accessible.  Really pretty area.07-17-15 Cabresto Lake 0307-17-15 Cabresto Lake 0407-17-15 Cabresto Lake 07Hiking around the lake while the boys fished.  No catches here but worth the drive.07-17-15 Cabresto Lake 1007-17-15 Cabresto Lake 12See the lizard.  They were sunning and quick to move.07-17-15 Cabresto Lake 14This chipmunk found a gold mine in in a corn cob left there.07-17-15 Cabresto Lake 17Some of our hummingbirds…

07-18-15 Red River 0407-18-15 Red River 0607-18-15 Red River 08I think we had some black chinned but not sure as the throat color changed.  Probably they were all ruby throated, jut the light changed them.  07-18-15 Red River 20Buddy enjoying the sun.07-18-15 Red River 21This one is a Rufus.  He was really pretty but came around rarely.  Pictures do not do justice to his orange colors.07-18-15 Red River 2407-18-15 Red River 2507-18-15 Red River 5407-18-15 Red River 5607-18-15 Red River 5807-18-15 Red River 6207-21-15 Red River hummingbirds 0107-21-15 Red River hummingbirds 0707-21-15 Red River hummingbirds 13I could have stayed and snapped away all day.  So fascinating.07-21-15 Red River hummingbirds 22We went into Red River and went to the “shoot out” and they had some native Indians  dance for us too.  You can see the Indian singer in the background.07-18-15 Red River gunfight 0707-18-15 Red River gunfight 13They lead the crowd round the area in a native dance.07-18-15 Red River gunfight 1507-18-15 Red River gunfight 16The costumes were really impressive.07-18-15 Red River gunfight 1707-18-15 Red River gunfight 2107-18-15 Red River gunfight 2207-18-15 Red River gunfight 26And the play begins…07-18-15 Red River gunfight 6307-18-15 Red River gunfight 6507-18-15 Red River gunfight 66It was a great diversion for an evening.  All local players of course..

Another fire and more s’mores, of course.07-18-15 Red River fire 0107-18-15 Red River fire 0207-18-15 Red River fire 04

We decided rather than rent a jeep to take a “jeep” tour up to Goose Lake.  Goose Lake is famous for it’s drive – a one lane ROUGH road. There are lots of pull overs but I would not go there in my vehicle unless it is a 4wheeler.  Those were everywhere and that looked like fun.  We rode on the back of a 4 wheel drive pickup outfitted with a seating area.  We laughed all the way up!  It was rocky and rough but our driver, Tom, was full of information regarding the mines and ownership of the land around there.  And it was beautiful.

One of the first mines.  No, I would not go in that hole.  It looks big in this picture but it is actually only about 3 feet tall.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 08Miners lived all over this area. I cannot imagine trying to get there.  07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 10I think this is the home of a woman who baked for the men traveling the road in front of her cabin.  Of course, they would be walking or riding to the mining area from where ever and to smell the fresh baked goods!  Bet she sold a lot.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 1207-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 1307-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 14This cabin was built by some engineers with some good idea.  Over 100 years old and in really good shape.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 1607-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 19This mine is owned by a family who has not given up.  Apparently their ancestors were mining gold when the mine started filling with water.  The miners grabbed the bags of gold and shoved them into shafts that came off of the vertical shaft then headed to the top.  So there is gold already mined still in this shaft.  Try as they might, when they try to retrieve the gold, the water just keeps rushing into the shaft.  But it looks like a long drop to us!07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 2007-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 2107-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 22Zane and Tom dropping a rock down down down…….07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 23Pretty little flowers. 07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 24More old cabins.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 2607-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 31Yep, there is snow up there…07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 33And fog…07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 36Aren’t they sweet?07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 37Soon after these pictures a small skirmish broke out between brothers.  Surely not you say?  Well, they are brothers.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 40Can you see the big horn sheep up there.  That is a long was.  I was using nearly all of my 300 lens.  07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 46Here it is cropped.  Female sheep.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 46Really pretty lake.  Zane and Zachary loved skipping rocks here.  (Especially Zane.  He is really good.)07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 4807-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 5107-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 5207-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 5507-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 58Coming down the mountain the view of Red River.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 60

The final night.  We had another fire.  Rain the last couple of nights slowed down our fire building but we did enjoy this one.  We had some of the packets of crystals that gave our fire some color .  Beautiful and warm.  We did not really want to come home…

07-21-15 Red River fire 0107-21-15 Red River fire 0207-21-15 Red River fire 0507-21-15 Red River fire 0907-21-15 Red River fire 1007-21-15 Red River fire 1707-21-15 Red River fire family

Good night all.  Looking forward to our next adventure!

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2015 Womble Reunion–Final

This year marked the 59th or 60th (depending on how we are counting) consecutive Womble Family Reunion.  It has been held for many years in Morse, TX at the Community Center.  Some years have been in Amarillo, some in Stinnett, some in Spearman, Dalhart, Panhandle.  But home is the Morse community.  I can remember one we had at my grandfather, W.T. “Tab” Womble’s farm.  This is the family of Lorenzo Dow Womble.  For any who need some family tree information, please just let me know. 

Anyway, for many years the reunion has been shrinking.  That happens to a lot family gatherings.  The elder members die and the younger members scatter and become more involved in the immediate family.  Which is as it should be!  We have struggled with organizing the reunion, places to hold the reunion to entice more people, things for the young people to do.  But is just not working.  So this year we voted to end the Womble Family Reunion.  I have a very heavy heart but also know this is for the best. 

Here are lots of pictures taken of the attendees this year.

One of our family had the idea to put the tree up on the wall on pieces of paper.  I so wish I had taken better pictures.  It was great to see who belonged to who. (Linda, I would love some copies of this if you got good pictures!)  I many have to just do my own so I can see where everyone is in the great scheme.07-26-15 Womble Reunion 0107-26-15 Womble Reunion 0207-26-15 Womble Reunion 03Looking over proposals for reunions.07-26-15 Womble Reunion 0407-26-15 Womble Reunion 06Garrison was such a happy baby!07-26-15 Womble Reunion 0907-26-15 Womble Reunion 10He was fascinated with Cynthia’s nails that glittered.07-26-15 Womble Reunion 1307-26-15 Womble Reunion 1407-26-15 Womble Reunion 1507-26-15 Womble Reunion 1607-26-15 Womble Reunion 1707-26-15 Womble Reunion 1807-26-15 Womble Reunion 1907-26-15 Womble Reunion 20Silent auction tables.07-26-15 Womble Reunion 2107-26-15 Womble Reunion 2307-26-15 Womble Reunion 2507-26-15 Womble Reunion 2607-26-15 Womble Reunion 2707-26-15 Womble Reunion 2807-26-15 Womble Reunion 2907-26-15 Womble Reunion 3007-26-15 Womble Reunion 31Steve, you ruined the picture by moving!07-26-15 Womble Reunion 3207-26-15 Womble Reunion 3307-26-15 Womble Reunion 3407-26-15 Womble Reunion 3607-26-15 Womble Reunion 3707-26-15 Womble Reunion 3807-26-15 Womble Reunion 3907-26-15 Womble Reunion 4007-26-15 Womble Reunion 41Food.  One of the best reasons to go to a Womble gathering.  Yum.07-26-15 Womble Reunion 4207-26-15 Womble Reunion 4307-26-15 Womble Reunion 44Two babies this year!  07-26-15 Womble Reunion 4507-26-15 Womble Reunion 4607-26-15 Womble Reunion 47Garrison could not take any more.07-26-15 Womble Reunion 4807-26-15 Womble Reunion 4907-26-15 Womble Reunion 5007-26-15 Womble Reunion 51

And another reunion is gone.  Forever.  However, we discussed that if anyone is interested, Memorial Day at Lieb Cemetery is a big family event.  People bring covered dishes and gather at the community center for lots of memories and renewing of friendships and connections.  Go join.

Cool Red River, NM

We finally got away from the heat to the forest between Red River and Questa.  We try to always stay in Columbine Campground when we go there and we were lucky enough to get a great spot.  Pretty secluded and full of hummingbirds.  07-16-15 campsite

The first night there we had a huge buck come through our camp.  It was so close that Zane could see his hair and said it looked like Buddy’s.  He came through so fast I could not even get pictures!

So we of course have to have campfires and s’mores!  Right off the bat that is what we did.07-16-15 Red River s'mores 0107-16-15 Red River s'mores 0207-16-15 Red River s'mores 0407-16-15 Red River s'mores 05Mmmmmm. No, these are not good at all.  We did do a little different this year.  We used Nutella instead of Hershey bars. Don’t knock it til you try it!  It is sooooo good.  Nice and gooey.07-16-15 Red River s'mores 06We were there 6 nights and 5 days. So nice to sit and enjoy and let everyone do what they wanted pretty much.  Of course the boys fished every day.  But we did a lot of just sight seeing.

This is part of Fawn Lakes, just down toward Red River from our campsite.  It is a great place to take the younger ones, or anyone really, to fish.  From here Zachary and Mike could go stream fishing and let Zane, with Kathleen supervising, fish away.  They caught a few fish and we did eat one the first night.  The rest of the time it was catch and release.07-17-15 Fawn LakesWe took a small road trip to Cabresto Lake.  It is listed on a tour guide as a jeep trip but we opted to take the truck.  Just going into Questa you follow the signs and eventually get there.  It was not an easy road but except for low vehicles, is very accessible.  Really pretty area.07-17-15 Cabresto Lake 0307-17-15 Cabresto Lake 0407-17-15 Cabresto Lake 07Hiking around the lake while the boys fished.  No catches here but worth the drive.07-17-15 Cabresto Lake 1007-17-15 Cabresto Lake 12See the lizard.  They were sunning and quick to move.07-17-15 Cabresto Lake 14This chipmunk found a gold mine in in a corn cob left there.07-17-15 Cabresto Lake 17Some of our hummingbirds…

07-18-15 Red River 0407-18-15 Red River 0607-18-15 Red River 08I think we had some black chinned but not sure as the throat color changed.  Probably they were all ruby throated, jut the light changed them.  07-18-15 Red River 20Buddy enjoying the sun.07-18-15 Red River 21This one is a Rufus.  He was really pretty but came around rarely.  Pictures do not do justice to his orange colors.07-18-15 Red River 2407-18-15 Red River 2507-18-15 Red River 5407-18-15 Red River 5607-18-15 Red River 5807-18-15 Red River 6207-21-15 Red River hummingbirds 0107-21-15 Red River hummingbirds 0707-21-15 Red River hummingbirds 13I could have stayed and snapped away all day.  So fascinating.07-21-15 Red River hummingbirds 22We went into Red River and went to the “shoot out” and they had some native Indians  dance for us too.  You can see the Indian singer in the background.07-18-15 Red River gunfight 0707-18-15 Red River gunfight 13They lead the crowd round the area in a native dance.07-18-15 Red River gunfight 1507-18-15 Red River gunfight 16The costumes were really impressive.07-18-15 Red River gunfight 1707-18-15 Red River gunfight 2107-18-15 Red River gunfight 2207-18-15 Red River gunfight 26And the play begins…07-18-15 Red River gunfight 6307-18-15 Red River gunfight 6507-18-15 Red River gunfight 66It was a great diversion for an evening.  All local players of course..

Another fire and more s’mores, of course.07-18-15 Red River fire 0107-18-15 Red River fire 0207-18-15 Red River fire 04

We decided rather than rent a jeep to take a “jeep” tour up to Goose Lake.  Goose Lake is famous for it’s drive – a one lane ROUGH road. There are lots of pull overs but I would not go there in my vehicle unless it is a 4wheeler.  Those were everywhere and that looked like fun.  We rode on the back of a 4 wheel drive pickup outfitted with a seating area.  We laughed all the way up!  It was rocky and rough but our driver, Tom, was full of information regarding the mines and ownership of the land around there.  And it was beautiful.

One of the first mines.  No, I would not go in that hole.  It looks big in this picture but it is actually only about 3 feet tall.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 08Miners lived all over this area. I cannot imagine trying to get there.  07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 10I think this is the home of a woman who baked for the men traveling the road in front of her cabin.  Of course, they would be walking or riding to the mining area from where ever and to smell the fresh baked goods!  Bet she sold a lot.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 1207-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 1307-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 14This cabin was built by some engineers with some good idea.  Over 100 years old and in really good shape.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 1607-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 19This mine is owned by a family who has not given up.  Apparently their ancestors were mining gold when the mine started filling with water.  The miners grabbed the bags of gold and shoved them into shafts that came off of the vertical shaft then headed to the top.  So there is gold already mined still in this shaft.  Try as they might, when they try to retrieve the gold, the water just keeps rushing into the shaft.  But it looks like a long drop to us!07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 2007-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 2107-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 22Zane and Tom dropping a rock down down down…….07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 23Pretty little flowers. 07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 24More old cabins.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 2607-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 31Yep, there is snow up there…07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 33And fog…07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 36Aren’t they sweet?07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 37Soon after these pictures a small skirmish broke out between brothers.  Surely not you say?  Well, they are brothers.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 40Can you see the big horn sheep up there.  That is a long was.  I was using nearly all of my 300 lens.  07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 46Here it is cropped.  Female sheep.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 46Really pretty lake.  Zane and Zachary loved skipping rocks here.  (Especially Zane.  He is really good.)07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 4807-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 5107-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 5207-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 5507-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 58Coming down the mountain the view of Red River.07-20-15 Goose Lake Red River 60

The final night.  We had another fire.  Rain the last couple of nights slowed down our fire building but we did enjoy this one.  We had some of the packets of crystals that gave our fire some color .  Beautiful and warm.  We did not really want to come home…

07-21-15 Red River fire 0107-21-15 Red River fire 0207-21-15 Red River fire 0507-21-15 Red River fire 0907-21-15 Red River fire 1007-21-15 Red River fire 1707-21-15 Red River fire family

Good night all.  Looking forward to our next adventure!