It was our weekend for the Durfey Reunion at Zions Canyon. From far and wide our cousins and aunts and uncles come to strengthen family ties and make new memories. This yearly adventure started many years ago in the heat of the summer with a dad, six daughters, their husbands and children. Their father, Henry Oakley, wanted to gather his growing posterity so he could enjoy and be a part of their growing years. Henry Oakley choose Zions because of the closeness he felt to his departed and beloved wife, Vilate. He could feel her presence as he walked the meandering trails in the cool canyons by the river surrounded by the majestic rock mountains. 50 some years have gone by since that first reunion and new generations have returned year after year to be renewed by the magic of
|The 3rd generation with more adventurous tales than you can imagine.|
Zion. Each year we look back on the past years and see the changes that have come to the park; trails are paved in concrete, the swinging bridge no longer swings but is solid and firm. There are chains to hold onto along the mountain wall to Angel's Landing, Shuttles transport visitors into Zion park and there's no more swimming in Emerald Pool. RV's have replaced tents. .
|5th generation-same rocks-same beach-same trails-same fun.|
|Who's afraid of hiking Angels Landing? We started when we were 8 years old without the chains I might add. It wasn't so bad if you didn't look down.|