Just as cowboys and their horses will weave figure-eight patterns through pens and barrels at the Oregon Trail Rodeo at the Adams County Fairgrounds this weekend, one Hastings family will be enjoying the rodeo festivities reflecting on the figure-eight pattern they themselves have made in the past several years.
Mark and Lorna Zajack, both natives of New York state, have lived in a cross-country conglomerate of cities since they met in college and got married. First, they stayed in the New England area — Washington, D.C., and Boston; then they moved to the west coast — San Diego and San Francisco; and, most recently, they were residents of South Carolina.
The last loop of their figure-eight-shaped journey lead them to Hastings in July 2011.
Mark had accepted a job as a psychology professor at Hastings College and the young couple had their 2-year-old daughter, Hazel, in tow. It was time to set up shop for a while.
"We loved cities, but we felt like it was time to find a smaller community that would be good for family life," Lorna said.