Gail, Nola and i had been emailing each other for a while and had thought about having a "Walling" family reunion of descendants of the Walling family. I got rooms for Darlene, her kids, grandkids and Milton and I. Gail made arrangements to rent a park area.
Darlene and Misty brought Misty's kids and stayed in the Ridpath with Milton and I the first couple of nights. I had got us rooms through Priceline bidding. The Ridpath had certainly seen better days but the rooms were quite adequate, especially when you consider that they brought all these kids with them. I don't remember where Darlene's son, Chris Tasker, and his family stayed. I don't remember them staying at the same hotel with us but do remember them coming to the reunion and meeting Chris' kids for the first time, who were now in their teens.
We stopped by Costco to pick up things to take to the reunion. For some reason, we bought some beer but apparently the Spokane park service had regulations about alcohol in their parks. I'm not even sure why we bought the beer since Milton and I don't drink it and Darlene and her kids don't drink it either. Roger doesn't drink. So now, reflecting back on this reunion, I can't remember at all why the beer was purchased in the first place. A while into the reunion, someone said something about beer and said they were going to go buy some. I pointed out that we already had some in the car, not thinking about the park rules. I think this might have caused some unnecessary stress for Gail as her name was on the park rental agreement. Thankfully, there were no problems about any of this.
The day was very nice. Kids played "shinny-stick." There was a good turnout of cousins and family. Kathi Tarbert Storer and Deanna Tarbert came up from the Bay Area. Their Mother, Danise, was there and she is always pleasant and kind. Alec Emerson was welcoming and pleasant to us. Kathi, Deanna and Danise were their sweet selves. April was friendly. Roger played music with the group of musicians.
There were representatives of the Moore family that are politically very conservative like Jim Tarbert. Milton insists that he felt welcome and enjoyed the reunion but, maybe overly sensitive, I felt that some of the attendees were a bit aloof from Milton and I. Milton was the only person of color present and we are a gay couple and liberal Democrats.
I had brought dvd's that I had made especially for this reunion that contained videos of family reunions in the 80's that can be found on this site as well. These were gifts from the heart which Clifford quickly trampled over, bristling with hostility. When I went to give him the dvd that I had made for him, he seethed through his teeth, the first, last and only political statement of the day, "I listen to Rush Limbaugh and I believe what he says." He took the dvd gift and mumbled a "thanks" and then avoided Milton and I for the rest of the day as did a few others.
Jim Tarbert showed up for a little while with his dogs. Apparently, he didn't want to leave his dogs for very long. It was either Kathi or Deanna that told us that Jim loved his dogs more than his own children or grandchildren. He had never visited his daughters or grandchildren since he had moved back to Washington.
At one point during the reunion, Darlene walked too close to Jim's car and the dogs visciously lunged toward her. They were confined by the car windows but they still startled Darlene.
I had an emotional moment, talking to Patricia Hammond. Of course we are genetically connected so it should not have been a surprise that I saw some of my Mother in her eyes. I had never really spent much time in my life with Patty but I felt like we had a moment or I had a moment of feeling "connected" through our d.n.a.. I saw my Mother in her face and in her eyes and my own eyes welled up with emotion.
These are more pics of my dad and his family.
I am going to fly out of Sacramento. Although it is a little further to drive, they have a nonstop to Spokane. All I could find out of Oakland required changing planes in Seattle or Portland. I think parking is cheaper in Sac too. My plane leaves at 3pm and arrives in Spokane at 4:50pm. I have not booked a hotel yet. My return flight leaves Spokane on Monday at 12:30 p.m, getting back to Sac at 2:30. Hopefully I can get on the road before rush hour.
Darlene says that Misty is coming and so I guess all those kids will come too. She said that Misty will take the kids somewhere but will need the vehicle and so I will need to rent a car. She said she wanted to keep the room under a $100 if possible. That would be pretty easy with Priceline but then you don't know how many beds you get and really only two people are supposed to be in the room although in the past, Darlene just exceeds that anyway and it hasn't been a problem-- But a priceline room can be one double, queen or king and I think she said she wanted to be sure it has two beds in it and so I don't think we will be able to do the cheapest "name your own price" for her anyway. I looked at the the "three start" hotels on priceline for Spokane to see how much of a gamble the "name your own price" would be. There are only three, "three star," hotels in downtown Spokane so if we gambled, it would have to be one of those three I think: Doubetree Hotel Spokane- City Center, Red Lion River Inn, or Red Lion Hotel at the Park Spokane.
If we did NOT want to gamble at all, for under $100, there is a Howard Jonson's, Travelodge, Quality Inn, amd Ramada.
I liked that place we stayed during the reunion by the river. It was the Fairfield Inn by Marriott. I think we got that by gambling the last time and got a pretty good deal on it but it is actually $124/night without the "name your own price."
I am going to call her later today to try to discuss it a little more and I want to talk to you too before I book rooms. Roger said he doesn't have a "gig" for that weekend but if he got one he would have to play since he would need the money but if he didn't get a gig, that he might be able to come. I will call you this evening.
HELD RESERVATION DETAILS
Below is your reservation summary as of July 11, 2008.
Confirmation Code: GBKBDC
Friday, August 15, 2008
Alaska Airlines #2596
Operated by Horizon Air
Depart: Sacramento (SMF) at 3:00 p.m
Arrive: Spokane (GEG) at 4:50 p.m
Monday, August 18, 2008
Alaska Airlines #2597
Operated by Horizon Air
Depart: Spokane (GEG) at 12:30 p.m
Arrive: Sacramento (SMF) at 2:25 p.m
My aunt, Ole, did a lot of research on the Walling- Glenn family tree. Her book can be found by clicking the following link (NOTE- THIS IS A HUGE FILE AND WILL TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO DOWNLOAD):
You can click on either of the images below and they should "Pop-up" a little clearer.
Root of family tree from Ancestry.com starting with me:
From James Walling in above root tree. Parents of James are John Walling and Anna Chisum:
From Thomas Walling in above Walling branch of tree. Parents of Thomas are Thomas Walling and Mary Abbott:
Continuing Glenn branch of tree from Jeremiah Glenn: