Showing posts from June 24, 2012

Some Things Never Change

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   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.  Ther…