Mandy described our experiences in St George as "a dry cruise." It really felt like it yesterday when I signed up for an excursion to see where the church quarried the rock for the Tabernacle. We had to walk across a golf course, hoping we wouldn't get hit by a stray ball, saw the marks made by workers to split the red rock, and harvested a bit of watercress. The weather was nice and the excursion was interesting.
Our church doesn't start until 2:45 pm so we visited some church history sites. The St George Temple and Visitor's Center, the tabernacle, and Jacob Hamblin's home. Senior missionaries were at all the sights and shared with us stories about each place. We saw Sister Rigby at the Visitor's Center--she is a young sister missionary from our ward serving here in St George. Her dad is teaching Max's lessons while we are gone. The chairs marked with a star in the tabernacle were popular because they are about 2 inches wider. There is a large, beautiful free standing spiral staircase up to the balcony.
I cooked dinner for everyone and we ate in the trailer, including Melissa's parents. It worked out great and didn't seem too crowded. They went to sacrament meeting with us. Dawson was sitting on my lap and he said, "Grandma, why is it so quiet?"
Travis arranged for a Jeep Tour of what they call "The Sandhills" of Washington County. We had to climb steep walls of rock and sand. It was a beautiful ride through the interesting landscapes of southern Utah. We found sand marbles, saw a lizard, and lots of huge rock formations.
Wednesday at noon Mel and Rama Griffith called and they were passing through St George and wanted to meet us at Cracker Barrel for lunch. That evening the Pincocks came for a visit and to see the Parade of Homes, then Thursday evening Travis' family arrived, then Saturday night Brad and JoAnn Jensen stopped on their trip to California to ride home with Travis and Melissa. It was GREAT! I loved seeing every one from Rexburg and having the Wades sleep at our new trailer. It made for some fun. Actually it worked out really good. It didn't even seem crowded to me.
Today I have pictures of the Dinosaur Museum and the Parade of Homes (...to be continued)