Gray reunion “Part I” took place six years ago. Reunion Part I and Part II were unsurprisingly familiar, all the way down to the part where we have to dial 9-1-1 and receive medical assistance. We’re hoping that the third time’s a charm so when next we gather here…
…on the Gray farm in another five or six years, maybe we can skip the ambulance part.
I mean, it’s really such an oasis without the siren and flashing lights.
There’s lots of entertainment – Like, the horses:
And this is a very normal sight; I’ve trained my nieces and cousins to groom the horses from their backs. Sitting bareback – even if sitting still – is great for developing your seat and learning to feel the horse. The horses are quite used to the jungle gym around them. BTW: Many thanks to my cousin, Matt, who I credit for several of these pics.
And the dustiest of hayrides. Two racks full.
After which we could commiserate about grit in our teeth and dust-caked hair.
Then there were canoe rides. Err… Races?
This is me saying, “It’s okay, I don’t have to go. I’ll leave room for someone else.”
I’m glad I went. It was worth seeing unnamed members of the family capsize. Ha!
Oh and the tarts went over quite well.
Oh and a quick running update: I haven’t been. We sold our treadmill. Soon we’ll receive a new Zero Runner in exchange. Spent a couple of hours “running” on it at the IA State Fair and fell in love. It’s like an Alter-G treadmill but without the exorbitant usage fees. Or almost like aqua-jogging but without the need to get wet. I love it! I’m feeling better and better. I plan to get going on the Zero Runner to rebuild base mileage. Then I’ll balance “zero-running” with actual running outside. T’is my plan. Not a great plan, but I’m doing what I can.
Oh and one last update: I have a job.