Monday, September 29, 2008

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Crazy Winds from hurricane Ike!

    We had a very windy Sunday yesterday we went to church and had our entire block of meetings without the benefit of electricity. It was kind of interesting to do it a little differently than normal. It got a little warm during Sacrament meeting but with the open windows in the classrooms the "breeze" cooled us off.  

    After church we headed home to find our house without power as well, so we pulled the camp stove out and made dinner roughing it style. After dinner the doorbell rang and it was our good friends Ben & Renee Sisloff they came to tell us about the tree that fell in their backyard. We had just finished inspecting our wooden swingset which had been pushed about 8 inches due  to high winds. We later found that gust were measured at the airport at 75 mph.
  We decide to walk over and see the tree at the Sisloffs and found Neal & Cindy (the mom dad) outside taking pics of the damage. Wow it was crazy! The biggest & strongest looking tree in their yard had come crashing into the back of their house taking out the deck and damaging some windows and the edge of the roof. This is probably the tree you would never expect to fall it looked so strong. However it had grown to a massage height all the while it was growing it sat atop of a bed of rock. This massive tree had roots only about 16-18 inches deep. 
   Luckily nobody was at home when it happened and the damage to their home didn't make it unlivable. Here are a few pics to give you one angle of the damage.


     



Sunday, September 7, 2008

Camping in Kentucky!

     We decide to spend Labor Day Weekend camping this year. We took the whole family including the dog to a Lake about 90 miles south of Louisville. Nolin lake turned out to be a great place to boat and we enjoyed being so close to the water.  However it was very hot and humid making sleeping under the stars not quite as refreshing as when you go camping in the west. The kids didn't seemed to be phased at all by the heat. They just had a great time, they loved the fishing , boating, and playing in the tent.  

     We all enjoyed an excursion to Mammoth Cave-- It is the worlds longest cave and we just saw a little tiny portion of it but what we saw was very refreshing. the temperature year round is about 54 degrees. It was amazing as we walked around the corner to the steps down to the cave and we could feel this rush of cool air. It was interesting to head deep into the earth and come into this massive room of rock. We all really enjoyed this part of the trip it was hard to leave the cool air of the cave and head back to our hot campsite.
    It was great having Tony, Stacie, and the kids with us. We took turns making dinner and not only did Stacie make a great dinner but she made a yummy chocolate cherry dessert to top it off! We hope they enjoyed the trip as much as we did.
   We gained a renewed appreciation for the comforts of home!