"Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water." W. C. Fields
Johnson reunions are infrequent. We are a family far flung, with daunting logistics. This year we managed a gathering over Thanksgiving at MOAB's house in Golden. (MOAB: An acronym for Maia, Owen, Anita, and Brent).
Our last Thanksgiving Gathering was in 2013 at Darin and Tracey’s house in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (they’ve since transplanted to Toledo).
|What happens when you have Champagne before Breakfast!|
From Jersey we caught a ferry to Lower Manhattan in New York City, then set off on a bewildering series of subway connections that, most of the time, popped us somewhere in the vicinity of Nephew Darin's long list of must-see "attractions." We must have walked 15 miles that day, arriving back home in the wee hours of morning. Though foreign and arduous, I found it a worthy urban adventure...not all that unlike our hikes out west—you know, lost, confused, exhausted—surrounded by skyscrapers instead of mountains.
This year the Thanksgiving Weather gods smiled on Golden. We played and dined outdoors in summer attire, free from the burden of layers of clothes.
It all went down a little something like this:
|Young Dan let's it fly at one of two Frisbee sessions...|
|Then Owen is mesmerized by a "Perfect Bloody Mary" lesson...|
|Elder Dan works the puzzle while I randomly sample the booze...|
|Daylight gives way to darkness, and I drop out for a snooze...|
|Tables are set with linens and utensils...|
|While Bobbie prepares pies, a Thanksgiving essential...|
|Pecan and Pumpkin, what more could one ask...|
|Perhaps an aspirin, and more help with a puzzling task...|
|A hike is in order, something difficult and steep...|
|To work off the fat from all of the sweets...|
|How about this route, let's give it a try...|
|Bobbie says "NO, I'm not yet ready to die..."|
|We follow blindly like sheep to the slaughter...|
|Kelli's first on top and Caleb's the spotter...|
|This is our reward for breaking a sweat...|
|While others sipped coffee and nursed "Bloody Mary" regrets...|
|Breakfast brunches made to order...|
|Quickly devoured! We are not hoarders...|
|Caleb and Kelli, looking so sweet...|
|While chef Brent and Dan handle the meat...|
|We gather round the fire as the sun finally drops...|
|Till we're all called to Dinner, and Patriarch Dan offers a little "food for thought"|
|It's elbow to elbow as we rush the buffet...|
|A battle for food on Thanksgiving Day|
From our family to yours: We wish you good fellowship and good food, and in the spirit of the holidays, a little joy mixed with gratitude.
Mark and Bobbie
Celebrating the holidays in Lovely Ouray, where snow is falling (finally). I sense a tug from "The Road," to old friends and new haunts in Southern Arid-zona...or maybe it's the other way around :)