AndrĂ© Desjardins and Marie-Janik Dubreuil of Quebec become husband and wife at Laws Railroad Museum with officiate Ted Oden presiding. Mammoth Lakes Pack Station hands and family in Quebec, via Skype thanks to Diane LaRose on iPad, witness the long-awaited union. Photo by Marilyn Blake Philip
More than wagons got hitched up this weekend as pack station wranglers drove their livestock to southern pastures for the winter.
AndrĂ© Desjardins, 53, and Marie-Janik Dubreuil, 45, of Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Quebec, Canada got married under a canopy of tree limbs at the Laws Railroad Museum gazebo, surrounded by family and friends, new and old, from as close as the Eastern Sierra and as far as Quebec. It was a brilliantly sunny fall afternoon on Oct. 1 as the Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit horse drive guests became husband and wife.
Usually, when trail guests arrive at each campsite along the six-day, 100-mile drive, the camp crew has arrived hours ahead of time, trail chef Laura Cook said, and hot showers, cold beer, hors dâ€™oeuvres and other refinements await them. But this week, AndrĂ© and Marie-Janik slid from saddles to shops as they headed into Bishop to take care of last-minute wedding preparations.
(Read more in the Thursday, Sept. 3, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.)