June 23rd and 24th ~ Bear Lake, Utah
A couple of years back, I located one of my cousins that I had never met through the magic of Facebook. With occasional posts, I got a tiny bit of insight into James, his wife Mandilyn and their two children. I learned that he was a talented tattoo artist and she was an accomplished hair dresser. They had recently moved into a home that they had built themselves.
When we were in the formative stages for our road trip, I reached out to see if it would be possible for us to meet when we passed through Utah. Much to my delight, they said yes!
Our timing was so loose, that the best I could do was give a very wide estimate of when we might arrive, with a promise to again contact them when we drew closer. As we approached Salt Lake City, we coordinated our schedules and decided to meet at Bear Lake, where they were camping for two nights. That worked out fabulous for us as well.
We had a beautiful drive through the Cache Valley, past Logan and on toward Bear Lake which sits in the corner of Utah and Idaho.
Crowning over the last mountain, the lake came into view.
Garden City is known for growing raspberries, and we had been told not to miss having a raspberry milkshake. We had one and they were not kidding – delish!
The lake has a lovely marina as well as several beaches where a variety of water sports were up for grabs.
We made reservations at the KOA Trailside in Garden City, right next door to Conestoga Ranch where they were camping. What a view they had from their deck!
We had such a lovely evening together, talking up a storm, getting to know each other, sharing family memories, and cooking brats over an open fire pit.
RV LIFE INSIGHT: I have discovered that it is definitely challenging to shave your legs in an RV shower that is not much larger than a phone booth. Hmmm, I’m wondering if that size reference even has meaning to the younger generation. Anyway, I’m thinking it might be easier to pluck the hair off of my legs instead…
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that I had the opportunity to meet my cousin James and his lovely family. With promises to stay in contact, I am very hopeful that they will come to stay with us at our mountain cabin before long.