I can remember it like it was yesterday… 1998. I was minding my own business when I heard a thundering herd of humans above me. I decided to pop my head out to see what was going on.

As I came out of my hole, I heard lots of noise, and saw people everywhere! I went down again, but my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to take another peek. When I poked my head out, I saw men wearing skirts. PLAID skirts! Wow! I watched everyone laughing, shaking hands, hugging, eating, and what appeared to be having a grand time! I dropped back down and shook my head. I just had to watch more. Back up I popped, when I heard the sweetest sound. Someone was squeezing a plaid bag, but it sounded finer than a fiddle! Then I noticed someone had placed little flags around my hole. How nice.

I watched for the whole weekend and had lots of fun. They were such nice people. I was sad when they left. I wanted to know more about them… so I spent the next year researching and learning about my gopherology, er I mean genealogy. I found out I was a wee Scot! Not only that… I was the Laird (Head) of my Clan!

When they came back the following year, I came out of my hole looking forward to another weekend of watching “my people”. I was excited to see that someone had made me a tent and my very own Clan badge. I even had a tartan! Now I can’t wait for each year, to put on my Scottish wear and join in the fun. Come visit the Glen of the Clans at this year’s Sacramento Valley Scottish Games (April 28 and 29 at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland) and see Clan McGopher. I’m part of the Scottish families.

– Angus McGopher