Following the passing of Umeno Morita, Valerie’s Mom, the family began making plans for a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, Umeno’s birthplace, to scatter her ashes. That trip began on June 4, 2022, approximately one year after her passing. We flew into Kona, HI, and stayed in Fairway Villas by Outrigger in Waikoloa.
Family crab boil with Dungeness Crabs, shrimp and clams. Delicious and super fun.
Without recalling or re-posting all of the details of any particular trip, I thought it would be fun to post a few special photos of special places. Valerie does all of our photography and while neither of us claim any special photographic skills, she captures some very nice images. (These photos are in no particular order.)
Turnagain Arm – Chugach State Park: Near Anchorage, Alaska, May 2018. Continue reading
On November 16, Valerie’s son Jason and his wife Ashley hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for a small family group. They had a beautiful spread and everyone contributed some dishes to round out the menu. It was a terrific dinner and a fun day visiting with family.
We thank Jason and Ashley for putting together this event.
The 2019 installment of the Cooper family reunion held at Eagle Cove Resort on Dale Hollow Lake took place on November 8-10. Not much changed, which is a good thing. Good times and good food.
On the front end we spend a couple of nights with my sister Sheila in Tullahoma, TN, and afterwards we visited my brother on Nolin Lake in central Kentucky.
Our thanks to everyone for helping to make it a terrific visit with the family, particularly to Sheila, Hew and Nancy for their hospitality.