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Surprises are fun

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As I had mentioned in my previous post, I had made it to Cascade Locks earlier than expected and was able to make it a big surprise for my family. My wonderful sister, Renee, got up early on Monday the 30th of July. She made a good drive to Cascade Locks and picked me up. Then we drove together back to Seattle, got a few supplies and were off to our annual Gervais Family Campout up at Wenberg County Park. We pulled in there and while she was buying her parking pass for the day, I got out, grabbed my pack, and let her drive to the camp sites. I walked up once she had pulled in, or maybe I should say that I hiked up. My family was so surprised, especially my Dad. It worked out so well and my mom was able to keep it a big secret so that no one but her and Renee knew I would be there. Dad, Glenn, Debbie, Jacob, Alex, Danielle, Dave, Genny, Marc, and Meegan were all there and had a big surprise. It was so fun to be able to just spend time with family after such a long time of not being able to see them.

The next day, my mom had invited Corley and her parents to come out to the park and join them for dinner saying it would be a good chance for my dad and her dad to meet and for them all to be able to meet more of my family. Corley and her parents had no idea I would be there. So once we saw Les pull up in his truck, I hid in my parents camper and waited for Corley and her mom to arrive. Then, with a red rose in hand, came up and surprised Corley and her parents. I was so happy they made it out for dinner and it was so fun to surprise them all! Later in the evening after dinner, Corley's grandma Joan and grandpa Neil showed up! I pulled up the hood of my coat with my back towards them and let my mom introduce them to everyone that was there. Then came to me and I was able to surprise them as well! It was just loads of fun! I was so pleased the surprises worked out so well!

Posted by walkinman 18:50

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