Sunday, September 16, 2007

Our trip to Twin Falls

On Friday we took a road trip to Twin Falls to visit our friends there. I clerked there before coming to American Samoa.

We stayed with our former neighbors, the Christensen's. Jaydn really enjoys playing with the Christensen's four great, energetic boys. Here's Jaydn, J.T., and Aaron:

Jaydn and J.T. got extremely dirty.

Before church we took pictures with the family. Here's Aaron, J.T., Jaydn and older brother Nathan.

And even older brother, Jacob.

The whole family, with Jessi and Jaydn. John, Fran, Jessi, Jacob, J.T., Jaydn, Aaron, Nathan and dog.

We had a great weekend. John cooked some wonderful meals on his outdoor slow-cooker. Jaydn especially misses his neighbor-friends in TF.

On Saturday we visited with our friends, the Andersons. Loren clerked with me in TF. They're really great friends.

Jaydn and his friend Ethan.Jaydn sacrificed a year of potential bike riding for a year of swimming and snorkeling. This year, it's time to teach how to ride a bike!

After visiting with Loren and Tama, we went to visit the Tarchione family. Jessi was really happy to see Tina.

Jaydn hung out with his friends Ben, Isabelle and Sophie.
He even showed me a new way to skateboard.

On Sunday we went to our old Ward. We just have so many friends there, it would have been nice to be able to visit for a long time with all of them!

After church, we visited our good friends, the Young's. Me, Jessi, Susan, Dallin and new baby (in front): Katelyn, Tanner, and you-know-who.


After visiting the Young's, we made our way back to IF. But first we had to check out the TF canyon again. If you ever are driving through the area, this is a must-see.

Here's the new Twin Falls Temple (from the opposite side of the canyon):

We walked down to the lookout point, and . . . whoa! What a breathtaking view! The canyon was nice, too.

To the east:
And the west (with bridge overpass):

And beautiful golf course in the distance:

Canyon pictures seem to be much nicer with Jessi in them. Hmmm.....

Before we left, I decided to try jumping off the bridge. It was probably the craziest thing I've ever done. I highly recommend that you DON'T do it.

OK, that wasn't really me, I'll admit it. I'm afraid I'll probably never try something so stupid (doh! Don't speak too soon!). Jumping off this bridge is really popular, among thrill-seekers and suicidals alike, unfortunately. These guys seemed to be more of the former, although you can never be too sure...