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Senior Spotlight: A family vacation with a surprise

Mary Jo Brown
Mary Jo Brown

I had the pleasure of taking a short vacation with my daughter, Jane, great-granddaughter, Haley, and great-great grandson, Caemden, last week. My oldest grandson, Jaceson, was going to celebrate his birthday, and it seemed like a good time to surprise him with a visit. There was an added surprise because his daughter, Sarah, also was flying in from Alabama.

In order for us to celebrate with him we had to travel to La Plata, New Mexico, which meant a journey of 400-plus miles to the south. The weather didn’t seem like it was going to be a concern as it had been sunny and nice all week before. Packed and ready to go I stepped out the door to find that it had snowed lightly the night before. The roads we had to travel might present a problem, especially on the passes, but I trusted my daughter’s driving and was excited to go on the adventure. With the car packed to the brim, we headed out about an hour later than we originally planned, which turned out to be a good thing because the roads had enough time to melt.

Instead of heading across any of the passes, we went a little longer route and traveled through Gateway and Dove Creek. What a beautiful way to go, except it was a little surprising to see just how dry it was everywhere we went. As we got farther south the soil became redder and the canyons we traveled through were made of towering reddish rock with black lines of stain running down them. Some of the cliffs were worn smooth from the weather and had holes of various sizes running in almost straight horizontal lines; my granddaughter and I joked that they looked like bird hotels.

My grandson knew we were coming, but we arrived a day early and were able to surprise him. The real surprise came the next day when he went to a “meeting” for his motorcycle club and there we were for his birthday party. We told him that he needed to open the huge present that we brought him, and little did he know that his daughter, Sarah, was inside the box. The look on his face was priceless, and then his grin was ear to ear. Everyone enjoyed pizza and visiting with the members of his club, after which we took five generation family pictures to mark the occasion. We were able to celebrate not only a birthday, but the gathering of five generations all together once again.

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