I drove up with a couple of friends, who provided good company and some help paying for gas. (Speaking of which, it's down to about $2.50 these days, which is crazy, since I paid around $4.50 most of the summer!) We got to Rexburg around noon. I dropped off Carianne so she could go rock climbing and then headed over to Kristy's apartment.
|Idaho at its finest: a poop-flinging manure spreader|
Kristy made an amazing lunch for me. In fact, I might have to make another trip up north to get another lunch like that! :) After lunch, we went rock climbing for a few hours. On the way out there, we passed a driving range. I thought that it looked strangely out of place in agricultural southeastern Idaho. However, on the way back, Kristy saw:
- a shirtless, beerbellied man
- a guy with a mullet
- a guy wearing a flannel shirt and overalls
When we got back, I visited the Rexburg temple, which was completed this year. It's beautiful, and I love how it's set way up high on a hill.
|I wouldn't let her down, so she just hung around for a minute|
After another good meal (thanks Kristy!) Kristy, my cousin Emily, and I went to the African Childern's Choir concert on the BYU-Idaho campus. I loved the music, dancing, and energy of the kids, and I loved the idea behind the choir. The kids are orphans from Africa, and they tour around the world, raising money to support 30 African schools.
My favorite part of the concert was when all of the children told us in turn what they wanted to be when they grew up. It was inspiring to see that kids who had been raised as orphans in an environment of war and poverty aspired to be pilots (a very popular choice), doctors, engineers (that kid got a big cheer from the audience), and even an optometrist. Although the choir takes kids on tour around the world, they are expected to return home and stay in their countries to make them stronger when they're done.
They'll be performing in Salt Lake this Saturday, and around the U.S. for the next several months. Check the tour schedule if you're interested. I'd definitely recommend them.
I slept at my cousin Matthew's apartment, and it was good to talk to him. We stayed up pretty late talking about life. I got to help him a little with some things on his new Mac, too.
I went to church with Kristy on Sunday, and in Sunday School she beat me at a game that I taught her how to win several years ago. I guess the student is smarter than the master these days.
|She's not really that short|
During the last hour of church they were teaching a lesson on unity, and to show that it was easy for their congregation to be unified, the teacher pointed out that "We're all pretty much the same here. We all like trucks, girls, video games, and guns." I guess it's good that I don't live there, because I'm only 1 for 4 on that list. :)
We stopped in Pocatello for a few minutes on the way back so that I could visit my grandparents. I only stayed for about 10 minutes, but it was really fun to see them. I have some pretty cool grandparents. :) I'm really grateful to have such a great family.
* The last (and only other) time I went to Rexburg was about six years ago.