Trips Archives

North to Canada

We have arrived…. in Canada. Only 5 days till my oldest son gets married! The next few days we will be doing some preparing for the rest of my family who are to arrive on Thursday and taking care of a few decorations that I still need to do for the rehearsal dinner. We made a few stops along the drive here to the Great White North (Canada). The first was Colorado Springs.  We arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Friday afternoon after driving through the night. We made a stop at the Air Force Academy where we met up with a friend who is a cadet in training there at the Academy.   This is the chapel at the Air Force Academy, the most…

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India Trip – Part IV

She’s coming home! Two weeks and a few days since we sent Serenity off to India where she learned to eat Indian style (with her hands), was able to see wild monkeys running freely in the village, meet the natives and love on the little children.   I have many pictures to share. Some are not the best quality but I love them just the same.   First time to have coconut milk straight from the coconut. Afterwards, you scoop out the meat.     Visiting a very old temple one day where she actually saw someone offering a sacrifice. We are so very thankful to this man and his wife who so willingly allowed Serenity to accompany them everywhere. Thank you!   The Indian…

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India Trip Part III

If you all could hear the pure happiness in my daughter’s voice as she tells me about her days in India, you would know why I am just so happy that she had the opportunity to make this trip. As moms, we desire for our children to have good experiences, to make special memories and to get a broader vision of why we are here on earth. To realize that America has been undeniably blessed but because we have not known hardship for the most part, we have become soft and ungrateful.   Serenity was only in India for a few days before she realized those things. They live a simple life in India. They are poor – but they are happy and thankful for…

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India Trip Part II

I’m delighted to be able to give you an update on Serenity. Friday night she left for India and after 30 hours of travel time, she arrived in Hyderabad. You can read about her journey here. After her arrival in India she spent a few days in Hyderabad where she went to a Exhibition. The Exhibition is put on annually and is located on a large parcel of land with hundreds of individual stalls. And it looks like she got herself another ice cream! The young lady she is standing with is her host’s daughter. Chinese food in Hyderabad. Here’s a short video of the congested, busy traffic. After being in Hyderabad for a few days, Serenity and most all of those in the above…

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Half-Way Across the World – India!

My girl is off…. flying half-way across the world to India. This has been in the planning for 9 months and it’s hard to believe it has now happened.   She made the 13 hour flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirates and I was delighted to hear she was seated next to a lady with a small child. After a layover in Dubai she completed her trip and arrived in Hyderabed, India. 30 hours of travel time altogether.   She’ll be experiencing India first-hand, meeting the people, living in their homes, eating their foods. I don’t know yet what sights she’ll see but it will all be a unique and interesting experience. I’ve learned four things so far. their toilet is typically a hole in…

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God’s Hand Upon the Americans at the Battle of Trenton

What a marvelous vacation we had had but it was now coming to a close. On our last day in New Jersey we went to the Old Barracks Museum which was built in 1758 during the French and Indian War and then was also used during the Revolutionary War. Disease killed more soldiers than the war and smallpox was a very deadly one. At the Barracks they would give mass innoculations for smallpox. During the Revolutionary War, the Barracks first housed the British soldiers but then on December 26, 1776, when General George Washington’s troops marched into Trenton, they moved out and in January 1777, the American soldiers moved in. Once again, the tour guides were very passionate and educated about their topic. After leaving…

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Princeton University Campus

Only 2 days left on our vacation (New York was first. Little Italy & Chinatown, historical sights,  the 9/11 museum, Brooklyn Bridge, Liberty & Ellis Island, then it was Connecticut for a day), so two days left and the weather turned quite cool and rainy. After leaving Thomas Edison’s laboratory we had driven further south to the city of Princeton and stayed at a great hotel my husband had secured for us through Priceline. I wanted to visit Princeton University because of its long history. Did you know that it was a Bible college first? Started in 1746 by Jonathan Dickinson, John Witherspoon, William Tennent and Aaron Burr Sr., it was located in Elizabeth, New Jersey but in 1756 was moved to Princeton. It was…

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Visiting Thomas Edison’s Laboratories & Office

What a fascinating tour we took of Thomas Edison’s laboratory and office in West Orange, New Jersey after we left Connecticut. It is a national park, so if you have a parks pass 4 people can get in without paying the admission fee of $10 and children under 16 are free. This is one place that I think is a must see. You can tour at your own pace and/or listen in to their guides as they talk. The guides were very good, so enthused about their topic which showed in their talk. Standing just outside of Thomas Edison’s library and offices/laboratories.   The library was 3 stories and was filled with all kinds of books. Edison didn’t want to have to go anywhere when…

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Connecticut’s Mystic Seaport

This trip, like all the others I’ve shared, always takes longer than the actual going! We decided to go to Connecticut for a day to meet with some friends. They suggested we go to Mystic Seaport, a maritime museum where they not only have a working shipyard but they also have recreated a village built like it would have been in the 19th century. Most of the “businesses and homes” have people working a particular craft you would have found back then, telling stories or even singing. (tugboat that was on the waters for many years) It was a cold, windy day but in the summer it would be most enjoyable strolling around visiting the different buildings. The Charles W. Morgan was launched in 1841…

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Visiting Liberty & Ellis Island

I’m preparing to cater a wedding this coming weekend so I’ve been figuring up amounts and now the cooking is beginning. It’s a simple menu of soup & salad, so that’s nice. But that’s why I haven’t been around much this week. 🙂 Our last day in New York City we went to see Lady Liberty which has been a dream of mine for years. It was a cool, windy day and the lines were long. Buy your tickets ahead of time (and save more time by printing them out instead of will call) because if you don’t, you will be waiting in lines (one for buying tickets and another for the ferry) for hours. I had purchased tickets ahead of time and I had…

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The Brooklyn Bridge

Thanks for joining me as I recount our recent visit to New York City. It’s a very interesting place. One of the oldest cities, it was named New Amsterdam by the Dutch in 1626. My previous posts are here.  Day 1, Day 2 & Day 3. The Federal Reserve building which is said to have the largest gold repository in the world with 7,700 tons of gold bouillon. They give tours of the building and the vaults that hold the gold.   The Brooklyn Bridge is another suspension bridge in NYC. There are many bridges there! It was completed in 1883 and was the largest suspension bridge at the time it was built as well as being a milestone in American engineering.      The…

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Visiting the 9/11 Museum and Other Historical Sights

So here we are with Day 3 of our trip to NYC. You can read about our country family visiting the Big Apple here, Chinatown & Little Italy here  and see some of the historical sights in NYC here. We went for a visit to Ground Zero where the World Trade Center used to be. I had purchased tickets ahead of time which is a must otherwise you will be standing in line for a long time depending on the time of day you choose to visit. You need at least 3 hours to see it all and you could easily spend 4-5 hours. They have done a great job with the museum and remembering the almost 3,000 people who died in the attacks. The…

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I had some glitches with my photos yesterday so I was unable to post but here it is today. 🙂   Day 2 of our visit to New York city continued… You may think of NYC as all modern day skyscrapers but New York was given that name back in 1664 after the Duke of York. Grace Church was built in 1846 by a young architect, James Renwick who was only 23 years of age.   The church was built in the Gothic Revival style.         There was a tomb inside with the name of Edith Gorse Evans inscribed on it. She was a passenger on the Titanic who gave up her seat on a lifeboat seat to a mother who had…

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Walking Through Chinatown & Little Italy in New York City

Day 2 in New York Our hosts prepared a special breakfast for us the next morning and so we joined them in their apartment where we not only had a tasty breakfast but were treated to a few songs on the violin and harp. It was beautiful.   The day was chilly and rainy but armed with several umbrellas we took to the streets and headed for the subway. There were 13 of us non-locals so it was nice that our friends came along to help us figure everything out. I feel sorry for them when I think of them trying to make sure everyone was on the right train and that we didn’t get separated. My little niece being a goof. She brought shoelaces,…

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Visiting the Big Apple

Well here we are. This country family has come to the big city… New York City to be exact. What a difference for us and most definitely different for my two boys who just came out of the Canadian bush after being there for 5 weeks. Arriving in New York we were shocked at the cost of crossing ONE bridge $15. We had just paid a toll in New Jersey for their bridge and not even 5 minutes down the road here we were paying $15 just for crossing into New York. The Verazzano Bridge that opened in 1964. It is a suspension bridge that links Brooklyn and Staten Island together. The towers are 693′ tall. Our first evening we went to the New York Philharmonic…

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A Canadian/American Wedding

Well here it is. I wasn’t planning on posting about a wedding we went to in Canada last month, but my sister’s getting after me again(!) for not sharing more pictures – apparently my organizational posts don’t do much for her… so here we go! 🙂 The five of us that are home (my boys are in the bush (wilderness) of Canada far from any phone contact) flew to Saskatoon, Canada for a wedding of good friends of ours. There were quite a few that came from Arizona and going and coming we were on the same flight as some of our Arizonan friends.   Since we don’t have a television in our home, sometimes the kids can become quite enthralled when they are around…

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The CK Girls Visit Horseshoe Bend & Lake Powell

I had heard of Horseshoe Bend a few years ago and have had it on my bucket list to visit ever since then and so after touring Lower Antelope Canyon and a dinner at El Tapatio, we drove to Horseshoe Bend which is only a few miles from the town of Page.   It was not what we expected. We are really not into crowds out in nature and this place had plenty. I felt like we on a pilgrimage with the trail of people going to this scenic spot stretching out for quite a ways.   Everyone wants to be there at sunset and especially photographers. Unfortunately, there were so many clouds that there wasn’t much of a sunset. There are no barriers so…

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Visiting One of the Most Famous Slot Canyons in the World

Seven girls met the requirements this year to go on our Castle Keeper end-of-year outing. The requirements were they could only miss one meeting and they had to complete all monthly challenges as well as all the culinary challenges which made a total of 18 challenges for the year. Just in time we received our Castle Keeper t-shirts, so all the girls were able to wear them on the first day. Our end-of-year outing is 2 two days to some place here in Arizona that I choose. This year I decided to take the girls to Lower Antelope Canyon (one of the most famous slot canyons in the world), Horseshoe Bend (neither of which I had ever been to) and Lake Powell. Lower Antelope Canyon…

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Camp Time! and a Westward Trek Back Home

And Part II of our eastward trek with a van load of kids. Part I is here. Camp was filled with a variety of activities. Things like hair clinics where girls will fix your hair all pretty. Art classes Choir practice for those so inclined… Lego fun with a contest at the end…. Which can be very difficult for the judges… Chess… (Justus’s dorm had a chess tournament. The final championship round was between him and another boy in which the other boy won.) Sports… Someone captured this “Bump, Set, Spike” video in which Wesley is the spiker.   And then there were crafts, bread baking classes, softball classes, advanced sewing classes, skits to participate in… There was something for everyone! And plenty of visiting…

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An Eastward Trek With 15 Others

This is going to be hard for me to recount all the events of the last 10 days, but here goes! We just arrived home last night after a trip to Indiana to a youth camp my kids have been attending for years. I think traditions are important and anything that makes an impact in my children’s spiritual life for the good is very high on my list of things we should do. I’m glad my husband shares that vision, too. We left the evening of June 29 and at various stops picked up our remaining passengers.   We drive through the night and in the morning hours stopped in the small town of Shamrock, Texas for some breakfast and devotions.     Awhile later, when…

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