Turnbull Clan Association

ESTES PARK, COLORADO, SEPTEMBER 4–7, 2003

Well, after seven years, Pat and I finally had a real Vacation! On August 31st, we flew to Denver, Colorado and spent four days visiting her cousin (Robert Doriss) and doing some sightseeing. Things we did included: attending the Bite of Colorado celebration in downtown Denver; visiting the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs; touring the Coors Brewery in Golden, CO, and driving to the top of Lookout Peak to visit the grave of William Fredrick Cody (better known as Buffalo Bill). We planned to drive to the top of Pike’s Peak, but were turned back at the entrance because a nasty thunderstorm was moving in, making driving very hazardous.

After four days of playing “tourist,” we arrived at our ultimate destination: Estes Park, where we visited with Fiona Turnbull, her son Chris, and her sister Helen, and attended the Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival. Ron and Iris Turnbull and their daughter arrived from Kansas to spend the weekend at the Festival and attend a 50th Wedding Anniversary party for some relatives of theirs.

image001Fiona’s Bookstore

Friday afternoon, Pat hosted the Turnbull display while Fiona and I attended a Scotch Tasting Seminar at a nearby hotel. [Note: If you’ve never attended a scotch tasting seminar, I highly recommend that you do so! It’s very enlightening, lots of fun, and the scotch is good, too!]

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Chris (behind banner), Ron, Fiona Bill & Helen Ron and Iris Turnbull and Bill Trimble

Saturday morning, we (the Turnbull Clan representatives--Fiona, Helen, Chris, Ron and Iris Turnbull, and myself) marched in the parade through town, while Pat tagged along taking pictures! Even the local constables wore Estes Park Tartan kilts. Following the parade, we returned to the fairgrounds and hosted the Turnbull booth. We took turns manning the table, so everyone had time to attend some of the games/competitions, watch the sheepdog trials, visit the other clan booths, and/or do some shopping. That evening, 12 of us (Clan members and guests) had dinner at a restaurant next to Fiona’s bookstore (Turnbull Books) in downtown Estes Park.

image004 image005Local Constabulary

Sunday, we braved the “soggy, soggy dew” and returned to the fairgrounds and spent the day manning the tent. When the rain stopped, Pat and I visited the vendors and clan booths we’d missed Saturday, and visited some the food vendors (Scotch eggs—yum!). We also watched as a man from Wyoming set a “personal best” record in the 15-pound sheaf toss by clearing the bar, at 24 feet!

Over the weekend, Sponge Bob Square Kilt and two representatives of the “McBronco” Clan stopped by our display, and we have the pictures to prove it! We were even visited by an Irish Leprecaun!

image006 image007 image008Sponge Bob Square Kilt “McBronco’s” Leprechaun

All in all, it was a very enjoyable weekend and we look forward to returning next year!

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