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Family Reunion at the Cabin

Updated on August 25, 2016
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The front of the cabinOut the back porchLooking up from behind the cabinThe big swingGrandkids loved the swingOur makeshift freezer in the snowTournament night
The front of the cabin
The front of the cabin
Out the back porch
Out the back porch
Looking up from behind the cabin
Looking up from behind the cabin
The big swing
The big swing
Grandkids loved the swing
Grandkids loved the swing
Our makeshift freezer in the snow
Our makeshift freezer in the snow
Tournament night
Tournament night

The thing we learned from our family reunion this year is that no matter how much you plan, you cannot control the weather. Starting last year, our grown children took upon themselves the responsibility of planning and organizing the upcoming family reunion.

Each month they had a meeting to decide the venue, activities and food preparation. There was a family reunion newsletter than was sent out a few months before the event. It informed all the family members in various parts of the USA about the plans and costs, so everyone could make work and travel arrangements to the campground that had been chosen.

Raging river near the back porch

Dinnertime in the deluxe cabin

Bunkbeds in the cabins

Printing family t-shirts

Making smores

We were to have two reunions in two weekends: one with just our children and grandchildren, and the other with the extended family on one side of the family.

June is usually pretty warm in Utah, even up in the canyons. However, Spring had come late this year, and there was still plenty of snow up on the mountains. The cabin we met at the first weekend was up the canyon from Salt Lake City. It is actually near a ski resort which is frequented during the winter.

The cabin we stayed in is right next to a river. This year because of the heavy winter snow and sudden late spring, the run off had turned into a raging river. We have twelve grandchildren, so I spent much of my time counting kids or getting after their parents to look for them.

We were very fortunate to stay in a deluxe cabin. It has five bedrooms (with three bunk beds in one large room), three bathrooms, living room, dining room, large kitchen, and a full basement with pool table, ping pong table and entertainment system. It even has a sauna room and jacuzzi. Now that is the way I like to camp! It was the perfect place for a family reunion. There is also a large swing in a very tall tree out in the front yard which the children love.

The weather cooperated quite well - just a few sprinkles here and there, but it was amazingly warm. I had expected to need a coat, but we rarely even needed a sweater. For four nights we enjoyed the reunion of our family after quite a long time of separation.

We ate, played games, watched movies, went for walks, and got reacquainted by sharing stories and experiences. It was a grand time at our intimate family reunion, and we did not lose anyone despite the nearby raging river and flooding in the canyon.

Our next weekend, the extended family was to meet at a girl's camp for one night and a day. This was up a different canyon near Park City, Utah. About 150 family members traveled to the location where we found ourselves literally in the clouds. It rained most of the time we were up there and it was frigid (you could actually see your own breath from the cold). The day we left it even hailed.

For our second family reunion, we stayed in cabins that were quite a bit different from our cabin the weekend before. There were eight bunk beds in each cabin and we had 12 cabins. Every four cabins had an eating facility and a restroom that was shared. We supplied our own blankets, futons, and pillows. One cabin was used to print family t-shirts, and each adult had a chance to put the family logo on a shirt.

Different families had been assigned to prepare the meals. The favorite food of the family reunion was hot chocolate and soup to warm them up and for the kids, donuts.

We had a talent night, story time, played the limbo with the kids and sang together. Despite the cold (or because of it) we got very close to each other during our family reunion. Everyone tried hard to make it a success, despite the less than perfect circumstances.

For sure, it will be a family reunion that is not soon forgotten. Thanks to all who helped make it memorable.


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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    @ja - it is up the canyon from Heber City.

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    8 years ago

    so where in utah is the location with the 12 cabins? maybe i could use it for a future reunion...

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    My son and his wife were doing the t-shirts. I just helped to dry them and iron them after they were printed. It does seem easy, but it is tricky to not smudge them. In the end, family members were bringing all kinds of clothing to have them stamped with the family logo. We did have fun despite the weather.

  • heart4theword profile image


    8 years ago from hub

    Thanks for sharing, would of liked to see the t-shirt you did? Screen printing is easier, than we think. Always been intrigued with this form of t-shirt art:)

    Looks like you had allot of fun with your family:)

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    It is really amazing and we really enjoyed our time together there at our family reunion. Thanks Cari Jean for your comments.

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    Cari Jean 

    8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

    The deluxe cabin sounds amazing. It's great that everything turned out so well!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    thanks drbj and sorry we didn't have you with us at the reunion - I'll let you know next time. Come visit us in Hawaii any time.

  • LianaK profile image


    8 years ago

    Let the good times roll! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us :).

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks drbj. Hope you can come back to Hawaii soon. Keep on keepin' on.

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    drbj and sherry 

    8 years ago from south Florida

    Mahalo, Elayne. Sorry I missed your family reunion. It reads like a helluva fun time. Let me know when you start inviting non-family members. Hawaii is one of my favorite places. Aloha.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you HealthyHanna for stopping by my neck of the hubs. I appreciate your comments.

    We did have a fun time with the peeps at our reunion. Glad you liked my hub Pamela99.

    You should come over to Hawaii as soon as you can sherrylou57. It is really beautiful, but so are other parts of the world in their own special ways. Aloha!

  • sherrylou57 profile image


    8 years ago from Riverside

    Thank you for sharing this. What a beautiful place to live. I have never been to Hawaii, but that is one of my hearts desire, is to go and see the sun set and put my feet in the hawaiian sands. God bless you and be blessed for you are a blessing.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    elayne, What a great idea! It sounds like you had a fabulous time. Rated up!

  • HealthyHanna profile image


    8 years ago from Utah

    Great hub for the family reunion season. What a beautiful fun place for a reunion.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Hello, hello. Families are great in small doses : )

    With such a big group, it can get pretty wild, but I am glad we can have family reunions.

    I appreciate your comments suny51. We had a ball. Now back to work. Ah shucks!

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    8 years ago

    What a beautiful place,that is really a great treat to watch the location and your lovely family,Thank you for sharing.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Gosh, I could envy you. Thank you for sharing this wonderful family event.


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