For more than fifty years my maternal extended family has met up in Waterton, Alberta. Waterton is a stunning mountainous haven, but the word equally spells the tradition of Bulger family reunion, replete with grandparents/aunts/uncles/cousins, childhood independence, cold water swims, singing around a campfire, lawn games, shared meals, abundant beer, and outdoor adventures. As our clan has grown, Waterton Valley has become prohibitively expensive, so the tradition of Waterton has become migratory.This year’s reunion was at Flathead Lake, Montana. Thus, “Flaterton.”
I wish I had more pictures of the extended family, but below are a smattering of beautiful Montana in general.