Sunday, August 16, 2015

Good bye Alaska and Hello Idaho: Good bye Idaho and Hello Tennessee

Another summer done in Alaska.  It's always fun to see people come back up on teams we met other years, and meet new friends.

August 8, we were ready to say good bye to Alaska.



Pastor Stephen and Dana took us to Anchorage to fly out.  We stopped at Lucky Wishbone in Anchorage and had a delicious chicken dinner .  We had not made it there this year, so glad we could do it on our way out.  It is very good fired chicken.

Our flight wasn't until 2:00 am.  We spent some time at the airport just walking around and reading.  We flew to Seattle and then Boise.  I don't sleep real well on a plane without my CPAP.  I did get a little bit of sleep.

Cheryl picked us up and we made a couple of stops and drove out to their place in Homedale.  The girls were busy getting corn ready to freeze.

Josie cutting the corn off the cob

Emily cooking the corn

It is very good corn.  We had some for a couple of meals.  Man, was it sweet!!   They grow Bodacious corn.

Howard and I did take a nap that morning!!

It has been a different visit with Cheryl and the girls working.  Josh did drive down from Spokane (where he works for Horizon Air)  for a couple of days.  We went into town with him one day.

Grandpa, Grandma and Josh

Cheryl and Josh

Cheryl did take Thursday off.  She had a Dr. appointment and then we went into Nampa and did some grocery shopping.

The girls worked for Blue Barn this summer.  They are hard workers.  They have been picking corn this week.  They have weeded, and picked peppers and all kinds of farm labor.  They both will be leaving for Idaho State in Pocatello next Thursday.  Emily will be going into her fourth year as a nursing student and Josie will be a freshman.

RaeAnne came out from Boise last night to see us.  She works for Horizon Air in Boise.

Josie, Cheryl, RaeAnne and Emily

Josie, RaeAnne, Grandma and Emily.

We have done things for Cheryl while she works.  We canned the last of the peaches the other day.

Howard made a couple of rhubarb pies


I've done laundry made bread and tried  to have dinner ready when everyone came home.  



Ann and Cheryl.  Cheryl is our middle girl.

We've had a pretty bad forest fire near here.  Some of the homes in Homedale had to evacuate.  It was a little south of us here and across the Snake River.  The skies are looking a lot clearer today.  It has been very smokey.

On the last post I  told you we were taking Larry and Mark to the airport to go bear hunting and fishing.  Don't know what happened with the bear hunt.  Larry said it was a bust.  But, they did get to fish.



Last night we all got invited over to Gary and Patti Rose's house.  Gary and Patti were our friends years ago in California.  They moved up here about 3 years ago.  It is always good to spend the evening with them.  Patti had a delicious meal. Howard baked a peach and lemon meringue pie to take over.  Our friend Starla from Casper, WY was down for her father-in-laws memorial service.  It was a bonus that we got to see Starla and her daughter Leanne. Starla used to go camping with us when our kids were small.   Her husband, Richard, was with family so we didn't see him.

Patti and Gary Rose

Starla and Leanne Kull


Emily, Harold, Cheryl and Josie

The girls were just finishing up cleaning out the chicken house when we left.  They are leaving for Idaho State in Pocatello on Thursday.

Josie

Emily

This is one of Harold's latest projects.  He's building a shed to keep wood in, so they have some dry wood.

We are at the Boise airport ready to fly home to La Vergne.  We will sleep in our own bed tonight.
We are thankful for the summer that we have had.
Thanks again for all of your prayers and notes you have sent.
See you TN folks soon!!



PS

When we got home we found several sticky notes.  Erin  and David came down one weekend while we were gone.  They said they left 400 of them  We have only found 133 so far.  We have a long way to go.













Saturday, August 8, 2015

Leaving Alaska Summer 2015

It hardly seems possible that it is time to leave Alaska.  We got some time off Saturday before the last teams came in.  We drove out to Victory Bible Camp to look around.
Anne knew a couple that worked at Victory several years ago. It is a beautiful setting.  We are standing on the deck at the lodge.



This is Victory Peak

We packed a lunch that day, so we sat beside the lake and ate it.  It was so peaceful!!

We then drove out by the Matanuska Glacier. We wanted Miriam to see what one looked like.


One night we were sitting out enjoying some down time while the teams were gone.  
Dana (pastor's wife) had bought lawns chairs for us to use this year.  It was so nice to sit out for a bit before we showered and crawled into bed.

Miriam, Jay (our director), Dana

Anne and Howard

Our team from Parkway, TN was here the last week.  We enjoyed seeing someone from home.
Here they are working on a craft in the girls room.

The guys had to get in on it too!!

The service project that week was to fill backpacks with school supplies and food for the kids in the park they were serving.

Colton, Joanna, Kelsey, Ryan, Jessie, Landon, Erik, Destanie and Heather


Fooling around in the kitchen with the three girl team hosts.
Ann, Hannah, Natalie, Elizabeth and Anne

Elizabeth lead chapel that last Friday.   She had everyone come up on the platform for the singing.  Afterwards we moved back to the pews and different people shared about their week.  We always try to get upstairs for the Friday Chapel.

The last Saturday when the teams all leave for their sightseeing trip we have to clean up everything and pack it up.  Howard, Anne and Miriam worked on the kitchen things.  The three girls and I got all the air mattresses rolled up and pillows bagged up.  I needed to wash the blankets, so we loaded them all up and went to the laundromat.

Here are all the blankets in the dryers.
I think we washed about 50+ blankets.

Sunday our son Larry and Grandson Mark flew in from Nashville.  They had a bear hunting and fishing trip planned.  Our grandson, Josh, from Spokane flew up also for a couple of days.

We met them in Anchorage 

Larry treated us to dinner at The Sour Dough Mining Company.  It was a good meal.

On the way back up to Wasilla, we hiked  back into Thunder Bird Falls.  I only made it about 1/2 way.


On Monday morning we went out to the Iditarod Trail Headquarters.  
This couple brings their dogs out everyday for people to see and ride if they want to.  We take our GraceWorks teams out to the headquarters every Tuesday morning.  Jay takes two dinners out every Tuesday evening, so they can have the salmon and halibut.  They love Howard's cooking.  We talked to them.  They wanted to give Howard and I a ride on the dog pulled wagon.

We enjoyed the ride.

We drove over Hatcher Pass with the family.




Josh, Howard, Larry and Mark


It was fun watching this hang glider.

We stopped at Independence Mine to eat lunch and hike around the mine area.




We stopped for awhile at the Little Susitna River.  It's one of my favorite places to visit.

Howard, Ann, Mark, Josh and Larry

Miriam

Anne


It was a fun-filled day.  We ate dinner at the Noisy Goose in Palmer, and then went over and visited our friend Carolyn.  Her family all loves to hunt and the guys enjoyed talking to her.

Early Tuesday (4:00 am) Larry and Mark took Josh to Anchorage to the airport.  We all went to Anchorage about 7:30 to take Larry and Mark to a small airport in Anchorage.  They are bear hunting and fishing this week.



We went to a small museum in Anchorage and then went to the Arctic Roadrunner to have  halibut sandwiches.

Howard, Anne, and Miriam

Wednesday afternoon we took Anne and Miriam to the airport in Anchorage.  Thursday Howard and I finished packing up our things so we would be ready to leave Alaska.  
Friday we drove over to Palmer to get haircuts and to take a few more pictures.

We have had such a good summer in Alaska.  The weather was great.  Thank you so much for praying for us.  You will never know how much we appreciated those prayers.

A friend told me there is an Alaskan saying.

When the fireweed turns to cotton,
Summer is soon forgotten.

Even though summer is almost over in Alaska I don't think we will forget the summer