The Boys of Summer

Campground Elk

One if by land, two if by air, the boys of summer are coming to town and the gathering of the clan is about to commence. Dave flies into town first, followed by Dan, who will drive up the following day. Our little family will be reunited, for the first time in six months. This summer, we have a wedding to celebrate. We pray that all will be in attendance. I’m looking forward to seeing relatives again that I haven’t seen in years. I’m also praying for good weather, because this is supposed to be a beach wedding, don’t you know. They say though that wedding day rain makes for a good marriage. It has certainly has been true for Anne and I. It was our Teton waitress that proclaimed this fact, I believe. We were watching over the ongoing matrimonial proceedings that were occurring on the lodge’s rather damp lawn, all the while sitting safely ensconced at our warm dining room window table. If into each life a little rain must fall, maybe it is best to get it over and done with at the start? Personally, I prefer the sun.

This pictured fellow is one of three elk that hang out all summer at the Bay Bridge campground in Yellowstone and that the rangers have dubbed the boys of summer. This one was sitting fifty feet from where Anne was setting up our tent. Well within the proscribed exclusion zone. After a while, he got up and although he never entered the patch of real estate that was our campsite, he circled it and visited the neighboring sites, all the while checking us out. If it looks like he has a lot on his mind, the ranger told us that his antlers can grow up to an inch a day at this stage, not to put too fine a point on it.

Speaking of the boys of summer, Dan called me four times yesterday. The first three times he butt dialed me or as he prefers to call it pants dialed me. The fourth time, he called to apologize. He had been doing some sweaty work and his phone was in his jeans. TMI? He said that he was working with the ghosts of Christmas past, moving last year’s Macy’s Christmas window sets or maybe this year’s sets, if you live in Chicago or even next year’s sets, if you live in Philly, DC or San Francisco. It will be good to see the boys again this summer.

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