Thursday, April 30, 2009
In the middle of April Elisabeth, Jared and Haley Jenkins, and I spent a weekend in Soap Creek Canyon in the Grand Canyon. This was both Elisabeth and Haley's first "real" backpacking trip and they both did a splendid job. The hike was hard (4.5 miles through rough terrain), the weather unpredictable (it snowed and rained on us for an afternoon), and the fishing was fun (although small, we caught a lot - even Haley caught 3 with a stick and a line). It was a great trip and I am sure to go back soon (as usual, anyone is invited - let me know). Check out the video of the trip!!!
Monday, April 27, 2009
These ruins are more unbelievable than the great pyramids. Some of these stones weight more than 65 tons and had to be moved from the mountain they came from over the water. There are tens of thousands of these rocks over a huge area of islands built into walls and structures. They figure they were built about the same time as the Mayas. The scope of the construction on islands makes it fantastic.
Deep in the hold of this ship were several wrecked zeros with wings scattered all over. There were also shell casings and fuel barrels. It was dark down there, but some of the divers had strong lights. Good thing! We wouldn't get out without them.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
our coop is finally done! It looks so good. I guess it's not totally done, we still have to paint the name of our coop in the box on the top. Then it will officially be done. Our coop turned out so good. I love it! I can't believe how big the chickens have gotten.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
On "Good Friday" a group of young men and the service center manager I work with went on a day long hike along the spine of Guam. we started off at a trail head that was the starting point for a Catholic pilgrimage for thousands of mostly Filipinos. It was a classic with crosses along the way and people reading from a prepared text at each spot. At the top of the mountain there are several crosses and more written texts. They even hauled a 15" cross up the trail to install. It really was interesting to see. After we left the crosses on the mountain we headed south for the next 7 1/2 hours. It was a brutal hike but fantastic country. We found 5 geocaches that we were the first to find.
Yesterday we had some friends over for conference and noticed the tide was so low that we walked all the way out to island in the bay. It was really interesting to see the tide out so far. All is well and we are doing great.