|Our youngest daughter Nicole and her family along with 2 of the grand kids' friends drove to the campground from Bothell, WA for a weekend camp out and visiting. While the visit was much too short, we are grateful that they made the 400 mile trek to spend the weekend. What fun we had. The kids got to go swimming in the lake all 3 days which of course they loved. We took them gold panning (no luck), huckleberry picking (good luck)and for a ride on the Sumpter Valley Narrow Gauge Railway from McEwen to Sumpter. The railroad was created in the late 1800's to haul logs that were harvested from the forest and during its peak was also a passenger train from Baker City which ran twice a day. The railroad stopped operations in 1929 but volunteers and a grant from the family who started the railroad back in the 1800's, they began to refurbish the tracks, steam engine and several cars and by the late 70's now carries tourists the 6 miles on weekends in the summer. While the scenery on the trip is beautiful, the highlight of the trip was a train robbery by 3 armed bandits who stopped the train, stole the strong box which carried the gold from Sumpter to Baker City in the gold rush days. Upon arriving in Sumpter, everyone was offered rides on the horses which was a big hit (a first for all except Nicole, Mike and I). Had time for an ice cream before the train ride back to McEwen. That night our friends and fellow hosts, Bill and Ramona came over and made pies for the kids out of bread and pie filling on pie irons over the campfire coals (YUM)! Several other friends joined us for the evening around the campfire and the yummy pies, piled high with whipped cream, a marshmallow roast and of course lots of stories. The next morning after breakfast we said our goodbyes with hugs and tears, the kids off for their long trip home and us back to work. A priceless and memorable weekend for us all.