2005 Adventures with Uncle Teen

Uncle Teen
Uncle Teen

Prelude: In 2004, Robert’s uncle, Teen, came up to Ocean Shores on our invite. He took the train to Tacoma where we picked him up and then we headed down the Oregon coast. We cut inland through Medford, OR and down to Reno, NV for a night or two. After winning more money than he spent (a trait also found in Robert’s father, leaving Robert wonder why not him?), we headed back to Denver via Dinosaur National Park. We dropped Teen off in Denver and headed for a visit with Peggy’s relatives in Albuquerque, NM. Unfortunately, we have no photos from that trip for some reason.

Then, in 2005, Peggy had a family art show in Silver City, NM. While we were there, Robert had a conversation with Teen and found out that Teen had never been to the Canyons of Arizona and Utah. We asked if he would like to go see them with us after the show ended. Silly question. We were going back to the Canyon systems again.

After jumping at the chance, Teen boarded a bus and met us in Albuquerque. We departed soon after and the Adventure 2005 began.

Even with days on the road, Teen had a great time on both trips and you could tell it. Old age (he was in his ’80’s) had slowed his body, but not his enthusiasm or his curiosity. He never complained and started each driving day with a short rendition of “On the Road Again”.

Uncle Teen died not too long after we returned.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon with Uncle Teen
Grand Canyon with Uncle Teen

At eighty-something, Uncle Teen had never seen the Grand Canyon, Zion, or Bryce Canyon.  Needless to say, he had a great time.  He was up to just about everything and let us know when he was tired.  We really enjoy playing hosts!

Zion Canyon

Zion Canyon with Uncle Teen
Zion Canyon with Uncle Teen

We went nuts with cameras and had more than 60 images, but we pared it back.  Aren’t you lucky?

We enjoyed Zion, but we stayed at a campground on the east end and the drive through the tunnel was no fun at all.

Red Canyon

Red Canyon is on the way to Bryce Canyon and well worth a days visit itself.

Silver City, NM Art Show

In 2005, Peggy held a family art show featuring her works, those of her father’s, and, we had hoped some by her sister, Michelle.  We rented a downtown gallery hall for a month and set up the exhibit.  We had a great time and it was a wonderful learning experience.  Even though Peggy was in logistics and we had everything planned, something always goes wrong – and did.  But, for the most part it was tons of fun!