When the campers come to the lake and go out on the paddle boats and canoes, there are two rescue boats that are sent out on the lake, one to pick up the campers when they tip over their boats and bring them to shore, and the other boat picks up the over turned canoe and brings it to shore. I was able to capture Grandpa rescuing a canoe.
It is very hard work as you can see, and the men have to do it all by themselves. Sometimes only a small part of the canoe remains above the water. I think the canoe loves its ride to shore. Great job, Grandpa!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
This is what the lake looks like early in the morning when we first arrive. . .so beautiful and serene. Then the girls start to arrive. The air becomes filled with squeels and giggles. We get life vests on everyone and then they sit and we orient them to what to expect on the lake, which boats to choose, and then . . .
they head for the water and the priesthood launch them into their canoes.Often there are really special things that happen. The girl in the middle here is blind, and she trusts the other two girls that they will take her for a ride on the lake and not tip over. She was quite an inspiration. That took alot of courage for her to do that.
We often have deer that just sit and watch what happens at the lake. We never get tired of seeing the beautiful critters here on the mountain.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Here we are today on the Lake. It was raining, snowing, sleeting, and the wind was blowing. But we had a family that were crazy enough to want to be out on the lake. So we had to be there to rescue them if there was a problem.
Here I am at the front of the rescue boat. Grandpa Steve was driving. I had at least 5 layers of clothes on to keep warm.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
At the Heber Valley Camp there are 5 challenge (ropes courses) courses. As part of our training, in case they need us to assist, we spent two days learning all about them.
One of the exciting things are the "high courses".
After you climb up the tall pole, and walk across the log, there is only one way down, the Zip Line. Go Grandpa!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The week started out with all the missionaries going to the temple and then to a special lunch at the Joseph Smith Building. This was a time to see all the missionaries all cleaned up and wearing nice clothes. The food was wonderful.
This is a picture of the sisters. We spent the morning moving about 50 canoes. Aren't we a great looking bunch. I was taking the picture, so I am not in it.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
This was our week of training. The week started out with a Mini-MTC --a day filled with inspirational talks. Such a great feeling to be here serving the Lord. The next day we started outdoors, in our camp uniforms. Aren't we such a great looking group. Notice the bald, and grey haired missionaries. Grandpa is pretty darn cute.
We did all kinds of team building activities. These are things that we can share with our families. In this one, we all had to sit down and stand up together by pulling out against the rope. Some of the other activities were much more challenging. Lots of fun! Each one tied into a gospel principal.
Notice all the great minds working at building this big tower. I really think ours was the most beautiful of all when it was done.
This is Sister Deakins. She and her husband are our team leaders down at the lake. This will be our assignment this summer. We will be in charge of putting 2500 girls and an equal amount of family members into canoes and paddle boats each week.
Here is our lake team. The Millers, the Kenyons, the Deakins, Us, the Rhees's, and the Bournes. They are the greatest of people. I think we're all about the same age. I am finding out us oldies are just old in age,not in spirit or the desire to have fun, and to serve the Lord.
This was our afternoon of ATV training. I probably had the least experience of anyone. I learned alot and our teacher was very patient. I think I will be able to master this. Notice the snow covered mountains in the background.
At church I started to think: I know why there is such a special spirit up here among the missionaries. It is because we are old folks, and we have seen alot of life, had a lot of experiences, and have hung in there between the good times and the bad times. We know Heavenly Father loves us, and we know the gospel is true.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Here we are all loaded up and ready to go! We pulled out in a light rain.
Monday, February 6, 2012
We spent a day and a half at Disneyworld, with Epcot being our choice of kingdoms to attend. It was a woderful break to our trip of traveling.