Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Making up for lost time!

Early Spring in Sheridan!

Hello all dedicated blog readers...all zero of you. We have slacked off, enjoyed life, broken the digital camera, and started a master's program in education since we last added an entry, and all of those are very good excuses for why we have not touched the blog since Meg and Brian's visit back in October of 2007! It is now May 13, 2008, and it is high-time to make some new additions. Without any further ado!!!!!!

October 2007 through April 2008 were relatively uneventful for us Betzlers. We were able to witness our cousin Erik, and new cousin Kiki (no they were not related cousins) tie the knot in an awesome cermony back in MN. We had a blast hanging out with the wedding crew, as well as relatives and friends. The reception was a blast, with my highlight being a hip-hop dance with Grandma Sowles, some say the first bit of rug-cuttin' she's done that has ever been witnessed! If we can get a pic, I'd love to put one up at a later post. She was suprisingly light on her feet for just undergoing back surgery after a spill. I hope that when I'm in my late seventies I'll be able to do the same!


Our big event out this way was a vist from Linnea in the spring, April I believe. Brian was out of the country, so Linnea took the opportunity to come out for somewhat of a wintry weekend. The spring weather is always a gamble, in this case, it was 100% winter. We had fun up in the mountains though, doing some xc skiing and otter-sliding down some great inclines. Again, our digital camera broke back in November, so I'm not sure if we have any pics of her visit...we were having to much fun to document! We had a lot of nice down time as well, sitting around the fire trying to keep warm! Thanks again for coming out Linnea, next time you'll have to bring Brian along! If you have any pics email so I can put some online...thanks.


Our next visitors were Emily's parents, Glenn and Julie, back after successfully helping to tear apart and build the roof over the kitchen in Sept. of 2007. They came for a well-deserved vacation...the only heavy lifting Glenn did the entire trip was a couple of beers and a fly-rod...now that's more like it! I guess he had to push the midieval steel-plated drift boat onto the trailer, but that shouldn't count as work.

Glenn and Julie enjoyed a great weather weekend, mild and sunny with just some limited rain. We got out on the Bighorn River for the maiden voyage of the yet-to-be-named boat...we spent 1/2 the day figuring out the wiring for the trailer, but to no avail. Seeing that this is Wyoming, and that we'd be back before dark, we lived on the wild side (feeding of the adrenaline) and took the boat up anyways...We pulled up to the boat entry, and slid/shoved/forced the boat off of the rusted rollers...I've given those rollers an entire can of WD-40 since that initial "slide". It was a huge bonus that the boat floated...it would have been somewhat awkward to have the boat sinking upon entry into the water...not exactly impressive to the inlaws.

We floated over the next 4 hours or so, with Glenn and Julie trying their hand at fly-fishing. Glenn had a number of hits, and managed to land a nice brown near the end of the float. The Bighorn can be a demanding and tempermental river, but they did very well for the conditions, and seeing that it was their first time doing the whole fly-fishing thing.


Mom and Dad came out the weekend after Emily's parents were here....we'll save that for the next one!