Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Mountains Melted
"The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, 
At the presence of the LORD of the whole earth."
 Psalms 97:5
Serene And Colorful

Silhouetted Against A Topaz Sky

Christine's Cold, Windy, And Exhilarating Idaho Day

Brown, Beautiful, And Massive

Above The Clouds On A Cold January Day Between Riggins, Idaho and Grangeville, Idaho

Nez Perce Indian Historical Area

Walking On The Clouds

Hidden Azure Jewel

New Surprises At Every Corner

Shades Of Beauty At The Salmon River
Dan Cook was the President of the LDS Riggins Idaho Branch for, we believe, over two decades.  Dan met his wife, Beata, in Germany when Dan was in the Air Force.
They have made a home along the Salmon River Canyon after traveling throughout the world as part of Dan's career in the Air Force.

Once again we've experienced another's "little bit of heaven" in the Cook's home which they designed themselves, their swimming hole on the Salmon, Dan's miniature railroad, Beata's German cooking, their horses, mules, and beautiful pasture.

Dan and Beata's friends and fellow branch members, Don and Jennifer Esslinger, brought us way back into the canyon to the Cook's home.  According to Dan, Don Esslinger is one of the best backpacking guides in the United States.  Jennifer also is an outdoors person who has worked for the U.S. Forest Service and also been a wilderness guide.  Notice Jennifer's coyote cap.  One of the most unique experiences Christine had this day was to feel the coyote tail on Jennifer's cap.  It felt so thick and furry.
Elder Norm Masters, Dan Cook, Don Esslinger, And Jennifer Esslinger    Salmon River Canyon  Riggins, Idaho

Dan Cook, Sister Christine Masters, Don Esslinger, And Jennifer Esslinger

Dan Cook's Miniature Railroad    A Work In Progress

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Closing Up Shop
A flurry of activity has descended upon us as we tie up loose ends with our missionary service, pack our few remaining belongings, and prepare to say good-bye to wonderful individuals, awesome spiritual experiences, and the stunning scenery of Idaho.

Our family is waiting for us and we can hardly wait to be with them again!
After just one week of settling in, Christine will board the train in Provo, Utah and be off for a week's visit with the kids and grandchildren. Super wonderful.
It will be something else to once again enter our home in Springville, Utah after an eighteen month separation. How can we thank our friends, Liz and Dennis Gallagher, enough for having our home cleaned for us?  What a fantastic gift. Thank you!