Faith vs Fear

Faith vs Fear

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Fall Activities

We've had a busy fall, full of good things:
It started in September with the last camping trip of the season to Buckeye Lake, high in the Uinta Mountains. We knew there was a chance of rain, but we decided to chance it anyway. We had a new tent to try out!
It did rain, and the fishing was so bad that the first worm David put on his hook was the same one when he pulled his pole out of the water two days later. I enjoyed watching the clouds form and roll through; when it started raining, we retreated to the tent for pleasant book reading sessions and relaxation.
Buckeye Lake in the rain

In between rain showers I played around with the camera, we took a walk, and enjoyed experimenting with recipes for our new dutch oven. This was the summer of new camping equipment which includes 2 new cots, sleeping bags, and . . . a new (to us) truck!

Sunny, after playing in the lake!

Even with the rain, we were glad we went camping. There were also some fishing trips to Lost Creek reservoir. David caught his limit, including catching one fish twice. The first time he caught it, he put it on the fish chain, secured the chain under a rock, and turned away. When he looked a few minutes later, both the chain and fish had disappeared! We figured it was a lost cause, but an hour or so later, he landed the same fish, complete with the chain dragging along behind it. This time the fish stayed caught!

We also met a new granddaughter, Alexis, who was born in August.  We enjoyed spending the afternoon with her and her family.

A garden (for the first time in 15 years) yielded a bounty of squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers, as well as some herbs: basil, sage, rosemary, and thyme. I spent two weekends canning a variety of tomato sauces, including spaghetti sauce, chili sauce, green tomato relish, and salsa. I enjoyed relearning how to can, and look forward to enjoying it all winter.
Some of the fruits of my labor
Home grown!

On one of the last warm fall days I took a lunchtime walk to City Creek Canyon. Such a beautiful time of year!

In front of Brigham Young's old home

An old meeting hall

Part of the war memorial

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mexico! Monte Alban and Home

The day before I left for home, Lara and I took the bus into Oaxaca City for some shopping and then to Monte_Alb├ín. Monte Alban is an archealogical treasure just outside of the city. It was awe-inspiring!
LDS temple in Oaxaca City

Entrance to Monte Alban

View from entrance to Monte Alban

Ancient stadium

Lara looking over the scene

Ancient steps to the top of a temple

View from the top of the steps

An ancient observatory

My new shirt and hat
A few months after I came home I was asked to write an article for the magazine about the history of the LDS Church in Mexico. It was fascinating! As I researched a little bit about the history of Mexico I was impressed by the people's faithfulness. One of my favorite stories was about an Aztec woman who sold fruit and vegetables in the little towns near Mexico City. She saved her money for 40 years to be able to take a trip to Salt Lake City. When the time came, she took a bus to Utah, and since the only English words she knew was "apple pie," that was what she ate along the way. She came home happy and content with her visit. I felt that same spirit with the people I met.
My lasting impression of the area where I visited were the bright cheery colors, upbeat music, and beautiful warm hearted people. I was enchanted with Mexico and look forward to visiting regularly in the coming years.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mexico! Day 3

 I enjoyed waking up to the rooster crowing and watching the clouds roll over the mountains in the morning.
On Sunday the weather was clear enough for us to hike down the mountain to the river. The vegetation was thick and beautiful; along the way Israel pointed out different plants and then quizzed me on them. We also stopped and looked at one of the way of the cross station and a cave where townspeople hid during the revolution of 1912.

Water fight!

Zachary and Vanessa!

Poor, patient Flacka!
The things a dog will put up with!

On a neighbor's grazing donkey