Friday, May 25, 2012

Not Always Sunny at Heber Valley Camp!

The sun doesn't always shine up here on the mountain.  We woke to snow on the ground on May 24th. 

Our little ATV's had to be wiped off and dried before we headed down to the Lake.

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

Week Three-the Adventure Continues

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.

It is cold in the mornings when we meet at the Lake for our training, so here we are all cozy in the furnace room at the lake.  It's a good thing we all like each other so much.
Look, Grandpa is busy at work fixing things.  Here he is fixing the light on our pontoon rescue boat.  Hey, it even worked when he got finished.
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.

Here is our wonderful, Legacy Lake.  Our first campers come on May 21, a Shakespear acting group.  Then followed by several youth confererences.  Our first girls arrive on June 4th. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Heber Valley Camp Mission --Week Two

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.

Doesn't Grandpa look like a very interested, ATV classmate.

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.