Friday, October 26, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
We drove up through connecticut and massachussets and into New Hampshire and it rained off and on the whole way up. But since the forecast had only given a 30% chance of "light rain" we weren't too worried. We were sure it would clear up. They were exactly right. It rained 30% of our time there
We arrived at around 6pm and set up our tent in light rain while Reggie waited in the car. We ran to a little store in the town to get firewood and a couple of last minute provisions so we could settle in for the night. But as we drove back to our campsite it started to rain harder and harder and the fog grew more and more dense. This is a picture of our tent the next morning when things had cleared up a bit.
But since we were too hungry to wait for morning to eat, we cooked a little "New England Clam Chowder" on our propane burner under the rainfly of our absolutely amazing tent. This is GK prepping for cooking.
I tried to get the chowder on our little homemade table in our tent, but all you get out of it is our faces looking a little funny. Through the night, it rained so hard and the wind blew so fiercely that we both bolted upright in the middle of the night a few times sure that we were going to get soaked. But our amazing little tent (a present from Eddie and Carline, GK's brother and sister-in-law) stayed strong and dry. I have never experienced anything like it. In fact, we had set up our tent under a bunch of beautiful trees that were covered in beautiful, multi-colored leaves. But in the morning, the ones in our campsite were almost completely bare, and the whole mountainside accross from us was totally naked.
In the morning Chef GK made pancakes and eggs, but since we didn't want to use one of our eggs in the pancake batter and we hadn't been able to bring ourselves to pay $11 for a tiny little tin of maple syrup, they ended up resembling eggs but tasting like nothing I've ever had before. But they were yummy when we poured milk over them and made our own kind of porridge. While breakfast cooked, Reggie and my hot chocolate kept me toasty warm. It was so cold that even with two sweaters (made from socks) Reggie couldn't stop shivering, so I cut up yet another sock and tried to make him a hat. He kept shaking his head and it would come right off. Don't show this picture to the folks at Maxfund where we got him, or they might come take him from us.
After our amazing breakfast, we went on a beautiful hike to a little hut just below the summit of Mt. Lafayette (said with a french accent since we were so close to Canada). Reggie started in my vest, but not long into the hike he jumped down and led the way. He was amazing.
We named this Reggie's Rock. We tried to get it on video so you could see how steep it was. He went up it like five times. He loved it.
At the hut we were really glad that we had brought so many layers (and so many snacks). The winds were biting cold and the temperature dropped significantly.
We headed back down the mountain, and by the time we got back to our campsite, the roads had dried enough for us to go for a bike ride. There is a beautiful bike path that goes on forever. We road through and saw some a amazing views. Here you can see a little more clearly how many of the leaves were already gone from the trees.
After this picture (we call it the Risser Leg Shot), our pitiful little digital camera froze, so the rest of our documentation is on GK's video camera. So that's it for photos, but after our ride we had another wonderful campfire meal and went to bed.
In the morning we drove to Vermont and I got to see the first house that GK lived in on his mission and his first church (which has quadrupled in size). And then we got in the car and started to drive. After a while I saw a sign that said "Turn off for Joseph Smith Birthplace Monument". I jumped an pointed and said, "GK! Did you know that was here?" He laughed at me and said there had been four signs before that one and every time he had looked at me to see if I had noticed, but I was caught up in watching the scenery and daydreaming.
The monument was beautiful. It was simple. But it really struck me that Joseph Smith was a real man and was a boy on this land. I don't know why that was so new, but it was a beautiful, simple testimony to me.
Thanks for reading, I will be better at posting more regularly so my posts don't have to be so long. We are finally having the internet installed at our house TOMORROW!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Last weekend we went to Reston Virginia. Some of you may know it as the first known planned community. We spent a beautiful couple of days with our friends Jenny and Damon Larsen and their kids. As well as Johnny and Angela Thompson (who technically live in Maryland).
We didn't have a whole lot of time since we had to be back in the city for Sunday (to get callings... Early Morning Seminary... more on that to be sure). We left Friday morning early and got to VA at around one in the afternoon. It was such a great trip. Reggie is a natural with kids. After playing baseball with Zane and getting fed lots of pizza and french toast by Liv all weekend I think he's been pretty bored just hanging out with me the last couple of days. When he sees little kids on the subway he perks right up and wants to play.
After pretty much just chilling on Friday, we woke up Saturday morning and decided to go to Mt. Vernon, the home of our beloved first President. I have to say that he was a pretty interesting guy. He didn't seem to seek leadership really, he just had a knack and people wanted to follow him and then kept trying to make him king and stuff. Pretty cool.
This is a pretty lame post I know, but I'll add pictures soon and then it'll be a little cooler. But I had to write something about last weekend because THIS weekend GK and I are going to New Hampshire to see the leaves and to camp and to celebrate his 31st birthday! So my next post will include some of those pictures and hopefully some really fun stories about camping and my wonderful husband and our really cool dog.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
We are now into Month Two of the New York Adventure and I can't believe how fast time goes. We are so happy to be living in our place finally and now that we have our furniture and pictures and microwave, noone would ever guess how funny it used to look... or maybe we're just getting used to it.
Anyway, last week on GK's day off he rented a carpet cleaner from Lowe's and cleaned the carpets FOUR TIMES!!! It made such a difference. And now a week later after much wall scrubbing and sorting and unpacking, we're really loving our little home. The funny part is that we really won't be in it for very long if things go according to plan. GK is looking into all of his internship opportunities for the next summer and we're getting really excited. He's hoping to work for The Alpinist for the summer which is located in Jackson Hole.
Things with school are going so well. He's getting to be an expert student... not an easy task after several years off.
I, on the other hand, am trying to get my nose out of boxes far enough to make a little time for theater every day. Sometimes I have to count the drama I see on the streets. I was invited to a cool workshop on Saturday, and am plugging away at potty training Reggie (not an easy task). He has adjusted slowly but surely to the fact that I can't let him off his leash to take care of his business.
As you can see, nothing extraordinary is happening, except for the extraordinary blessing of being here together pursuing this chapter of our lives and our dreams. We are really excited to watch Conference and our
By the way, this was obviously written by Susanna not GK, but I accidentally sometimes sign in as GK because it's automatic. Also, it was written a week or so ago, but my computer ran out of juice and it's been since then that I could get back to The Tealounge, our beloved internet provider.