We have been back in Accra for a week and are reflecting on the wonderful memories we have of the past month. Four weeks ago today we landed in Paris and connected with Ben and Christy. We visited the new temple in Versailles and the Pitchers who are serving as missionaries there. We satisfied our mountain cravings by spending a day in Annecy [it rivals Waterton] and finally parked in a little village, L’Isle sur la Sorgue, near Avignon and the lavender fields. With that as a base, we day-tripped to hilltop villages in the region, the Gorge du Verdon, and the Calanques. Spectacular! We loved the food, the sights, the fields, practicing our French, and traveling with Ben and Christy.
Cruising Lake Annecy
Moustier Sainte Marie (Sue's favorite)
Parc National des Calanques
We flew to Salt Lake and spent a busy couple of days shopping before driving to St. George with Tal and his girlfriend Alexandra. En route we hiked the Queen’s Gardens and the Navajo Loop in Bryce Canyon (something Sue has wanted to do for years). The smoke from the forest fire at Brian Head was impressive.
Tal and Alexandra in Bryce Canyon
All our children and grandchildren gathered to a large house in Santa Clara (a western suburb of St. George) for a week. We focused on the 11 grandkids, who are 2 to 14 years of age. The mornings were cool and perfect for outdoor activities like exploring and climbing on the rocks in Snow Canyon and Pioneer Park. By mid-day the temps were over 100F and we spent a lot of time swimming. The house had a pool, the neighborhood had a larger pool, and we also spent time at an indoor water park. Pure fun but exhausting! We were grateful that the Church allowed us to be absent from our duties at the temple for the week.
Neal giving a tutorial on desert plants
Front: Jonah, Cam, Elizabeth and Ivy
Back: Asher, Simon, Tommy, Scott, and Ethan
Kristi and Jonah after the waterslide
Ivy, Emily, and Elizabeth - making puppets
Ethan and Scott ready to conquer Angel's Landing
Yay for family!