Thursday, May 26, 2011

First RV Camping Trip

For this maiden voyage we stayed five days at Red Canyon campground, nestled among the Ponderosa Pines and under the towering Red rock formations called Hoodoo’s - elevation around 7,000 ft.

Getting there was tricky dodging semi’s stopped on the sides and in the middle of the road putting chains on their wheels. Luckily we tucked in behind a snow plow to get down the other side of the summit.

We set up camp before the snow storm hit, settled into the warmth of the trailer with hot chocolate in hand snuggled under our Vellux blankets from J.C. Penny’s.

By the next afternoon Kent and I were out exploring the red rocks of Southern Utah. We drove to Panguich, and then to Kanab. We stopped at a Moqui (pronounced Mow-as in mowing the lawn and Key) Cave with indian artifacts and dinosaur tracks, then hiked up to see the Pink Sand Dunes Park.

We stood over the stunning sights at Bryce Canyon Point, and then drove from Escalante to Boulder.

My favorite part of sightseeing was called Long Canyon Slot; a narrow place in the red rock canyon wall that we discovered in an unmarked section of road.

One night the evening weather cooperated so we had pizza at an out of the way outdoor cafĂ© where they promised live Friday night music. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay long enough for the entertainment to arrive but we did enjoy visiting with the locals.

When the weather cleared up we got the chance to enjoy the campsite outdoors. We enjoyed our new hammock and Kent and I read. Kent read a law thriller and I purused short stories by an Indian author who won the Pulizer Prize. Kent bought me some of my favorite kind of jewelry -turquoise- at an Indian shop on main street.

On the Sabbath, Kent and I went to the Panguich Second ward for sacrament meeting. For being such a tiny community of under 2,000 people we were surprised to see around 250 in attendance. Made us yearn to live in a tiny town as we listened to how much they loved their little city way of life.

Our last afternoon we ate a scrumptious meal of Dutch Oven chicken, hash browns with onions, corn on the cob, Caesar salad and lemonade. Kent made Peach Cobbler for dessert. It was delicious.

Now that’s what I call camping!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Signs of The Times of Christ's Second Coming

This short video
reminds me that we are living in perilous times, as the God of the Universe foretold would precede the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every day we see evidence that He is calling for his children to turn back to him for guidance and protection.

Christ lamented over the people in his day who were headed for destruction in the city of Jerusalem,

"How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and you would not!" (Matt 23:37)

He continues to beckon to each of us today to turn to him for a place of peace and safety amid the gathering storms. My prayer is that we will hear His voice and follow him safely in.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter Time

If there ever was a time the world needed to have hope in life after death, it is today. I am so grateful to know Jesus Christ did indeed rise from his burial tomb that first Easter long ago. Thankful that he was seen of many, and that the graves of the righteous were opened; that they were allowed to show themselves to their loved ones who bore witness of it, which we may read of in the Bible today.

I have heard it said that death is the greatest test of a person’s faith in God. Sometimes death comes suddenly, shockingly. Sometimes we welcome it as a release for the suffering. Knowing the plan of our Lord has always been that we may all be resurrected into eternal life, and that our associations may continue on in joy forever is a great comfort.

Even in the midst of a grieving heart, after the loss of a loved one, there still can be that glimmer of hope that we are only separated for a short while, and that one day we will throw our arms around each other and look into each other’s eyes and never have to face separation again.

For this gift I am indebted to my Savior, and revere his holy name during this Easter time. May you feel the peace of this gift in your life today and always!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Standing Ovation!

This morning the gym parking lot was crammed with the cars of "New Year Resolutioners." My hat is off to everyone who has the fortitude to reprogram the old brain stem, yet one more time. I myself had downloaded a new goal program into my android phone called The Habit Factor, and listed eight new habits to track this year.

There is something encouraging about beginning again, when we resolve to do just a little bit better than last year!

One thing I have discovered about overcoming old habits and replacing them with better ones, is the age old idea of accountability. If I report to you and you report to me on our own goals at an appointed time, and we keep our appointment regularly we are both more likely to accomplish our goals.

My most effective use of this was to combine a reward and punishment with accountability.

If I did as I promised that I would do, I gave myself a reward, and if I didn't I set up for myself a punishment. For example, money in the travel kitty for fun, vs. washing and vacuuming out the car of my goal buddy if I didn't make it. There were many times just the thought of having to do that unsavory chore kept me in check.

Good luck on your quest to become a better than ever member of the human family! You deserve a standing ovation!