19 years old! They grow up so fast...
No trip to California is complete without 50 trip to In n Out Burger. They now have locations in Utah and Texas, hopefully they will think of coming to Colorado in the near future. Considering how many people have moved to Colorado from California, an In n Out in Denver would have lines around the block 24/7. I know I would wait in line for it as long as I had to!
The closest In n Out to us is in St George, Utah - roughly 10 hrs away. Needless to say, we ate our fair share to hold us over until the next time we return. And during our trip we came to realize that Felicia can't pronounce 'hamburger'
This next video is from the Button Rock dam in the mountains above Lyons, which is the main source of water for the city of Longmont.
This time of year they are releasing water from the lake into the St Vrain river to fill up the reservoirs around Longmont. The force of the water coming out of the dam was incredible. Check it out:
We spent the past 2 weeks in California. I went to the Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors conference, and got to take Jeff, the administrative pastor from White Fields with me. We had a great time; it was Jeff's first time in a Calvary setting like that, and it made me glad to be associated with such a movement, that, despite the shortcomings of men, desires to remain focused on the work of the Holy Spirit, the teaching of the Word and evangelism.
Jeff drove out with us, but then flew back after the conference. Rosemary and the kids and I spent a few days in Vista and then went up to Los Angeles to visit family. The kids love our family friends up in LA and were so sad to leave. They always make us feel welcome and loved.
On the way back we stopped in Vegas and visited my friend Chris and also got to meet up with Tim and Grace who we know from Europe. They planted a church in Croatia and moved back to the States a year ago. Our kids played together while we got caught up, the we went down to the strip to watch a few of the outdoor shows before hitting the road again.
We drive through the night, only stopping at a rest stop to sleep for an hour, and rolled into Moab, UT at 8:30am. I've always wanted to visit Moab, and wold still like to spend a week or so there rafting and biking and off-roading.
We noticed on the map that we drive right by Arches National Park on I-70, so we stopped by this time. It was an amazing place, but very similar to the other national parks we've seen in Utah: Zion and Bryce Canyon, although we felt that Arches was the least dramatic of the ones we've seen. The arches were cool, but they are hard to see - many of them are remote and have to be hiked to. I was excited to see the Delicate Arch, even though we didn't hike all the way out to it.
Here are some pictures and a video of parts of the park:
Nate started playing tee ball recently. It's been fun practicing with him and teaching him - and watching him goof around at practice and kick dirt and forget to run when the ball is hit. I remember doing all those things myself, and now to be on the other side as a parent is great.