The seniors were "just a little bit preoccupied" with minutiae such as which grandchild was about to sully his photogenic outfit.
So when the three Deaton generations reunited last year, they congregated at an unpretentious, 22-cabin Adirondacks camp called Timberlock (518/648-5494, June—Sept.; 802/453-2540, Oct.—May; family of four from 6; book at least a year in advance).
Jumps, bridges, wet ground, hills, turns, and obstacles (think: boulders, roots, and streams) dictate the speed and accessibility of your ride. Opt for a buttery-smooth roller-coaster track void of technical elements to slow you down. Choose a steep climb that tops out onto a ridge and finishes with a flying descent.
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The couple kept their children a secret from the neighbors—the kids were sent to play out back in the slaves' quarters whenever anyone stopped by.
Rock out to live music at Pier 39, then check out the fireworks going off over the San Francisco Bay (starting at p.m.).
San Francisco: As the hub of the California gold rush, San Francisco has always represented a core idea of the United States: the American dream.
Whether you're aiming to hole up with siblings for a low-key retreat into childhood reminiscence or to invite every cousin thrice removed to a tightly scheduled celebration of shared ancestry, organizing family reunions isn't as daunting as it sounds.
The last time that Jackie and Paul Deaton brought together their five children, plus children-in-law, plus 10 school-age grandchildren, was for a daughter's wedding a couple of years ago, with Jackie and Paul playing host.