Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hello everyone,

Only two days until our participants arrive. We are excited to have them here and to get to know them. We are also excited because their arrival will add some structure and tasks to our days, as this week we have at times struggled with knowing how best to spend our time. Not anymore, soon we will likely have more things then we can get done each day. I continue in my quest to add to our small but growing garden. We have several tomatoes and one of those hanging growing things with a bunch of peppers. Our plants though are way behind schedule so it is hard to know what we will get out of them.
Bethany and I have spent the week planning our orientation for next week with the participants. Fortunately this week has been largely crisis free. :)
Last weekend Bethany and I went with Marc Schlabach and Daniel Mast on a trip down to Carlsbad caverns. It was a lot of driving but well worth the trip, on the way to Carlsbad we stopped in Roswell and paid a visit to the International UFO museum and Research Institute. A very big name for a pretty small museum. It was interesting, but it failed to convince me of the existence of extraterrestrial UFO's. After Roswell we got down to Carlsbad in time to watch the bats fly out of the cave, it was awesome to see that many bats at one time.
Saturday we spent the morning in the cavern, and it is HUGE, not like any cave I had seen before, the rooms were enormous and went on for miles and miles. Saturday evening we went on to White Sands, which is just what it sounds like, a place with a bunch of white sand. All in all it was a good weekend trip and one I am sure we will be making again with our unit. It was a great chance to see a lot of the state, on the way back we basically followed the Rio Grande and got to see all the agriculture in that area.
Well I am tired of typing and am running out of things to say. We would appreciate any prayers and we head into the next week and do orientation with our unit.