The families that spent so many summer vacations at the lake were: Homer and Carmel Buck with children Carol and Byron, Bettie and Hugh "Monty" Montgomery and their son Ken (whom Carol married in 1965 and who is David's father), Kermit and Gertie Ahlberg and their daughters Lynda and Doris, and Walt and Irene Renman and family.
Byron Buck married Marcia Swets in 1966 and spent many summer vacations with their two boys Jeff and Jason on the shores of Almanor.
Carol's son David spent his childhood summers at the lake too, camping at Lassen View Resort (sadly, now gone). The families that camped together and later bought lakefront homes were Ken and Judy Montgomery with Judy's children Lynda and Scott Krunic, as well as long-time friends Al and Gayle Hamlin and their son Mark.
Water skiing, fishing, hiking and board games were everyone's favorite activities. They also loved to go into Chester to get an ice cream cone at the drugstore (the soda fountain is still there at Lassen Gift on Main Street) and to see a movie at the old theater that is now the church building.
The kids especially loved to jump on a motorcycle when they heard the train coming up the canyon, and race up the hill on the logging road up to the track, then stand there as the train went around the curve. Pretty exciting stuff in those days. They all scared themselves reading Psycho one summer, sitting in the hot sun by the tracks waiting for the train.