Everyone got up & went different directions this morning. I went over to the Bible School at break time & had coffee with the guys & took some pictures. Sarah gets an hour lunch so she comes home, David had school board meetings all day but he came home for lunch & made really good salmon dip which we ate on crackers & apple & pears. It was snowy & windy out today so we were wimpy & didn't go out. I've started a good book so that is what I did this afternoon. We had a really good dinner then before bedtime we had smooths made from salmon berries, blueberries, bananas, yogart & a little ice cream. I tell you the Millers are spoiling us!!
This has been another really good day. Sarah went to work, Tom went to school, and David and Don went over to the Bible School where Don taught the first day in the book of Galatians. He has four students and they seemed excited to learn. David has a school board meeting tomorrow so Don will be on his own, he said he wasn't nervous about that. 😉. They had a funeral at the church this morning and I was quite interested in that. I didn't get to see them bring the casket in the church but when it was o ver they backed a pickup to the door & drove away. Their main transportation is four wheelers, pickups, bicycle & cars. David said there are a lot more vehicles now then their used to be. There was a tall wooden cross that was made & they put it at the head of the casket then fill the grave. Don & I took a walk this afternoon, it was brisk as the wind was blowing straight off the bay. After everyone got home tonight we had a delicious salmon dinner. David has been busy after dinner grinding up caribou meat that Sarah had cut into small pieces. They freeze that for hamburger this winter.
We have had a most wonderful day, this morning we went to Sunday school and church. Their sanctuary is really big so it was hard to tell how many people were there. Their evening service is always the largest one,
so we were told. There was quite a bit of singing and Don preached but we still got out shortly after 12. We came home and had a really good dinner of mashed potatoes, moose ribs and corn. We had cranberry crisp, cranberries from the tundra topped with ice cream and it was really really good. In the afternoon Dave and Sarah studied, they are taking online classes from Barclay College and have been in some classes with Joy. Don and I took naps, we got up and had a snack of Caribou jerky, and salmon dip. We then went to church & it was a wonderful experience their evening service always has more in attendance. There was probably 120-140 there. Don preached again. We came home & had popcorn & visited. It is snowing tonight so we couldn't see the Blood Moon.
We got around at Susie's, Don helped her with an outside motion light. After lunch we picked up Susie's friend & she came to Anchorage with us to the airport. This gal rides her bike to work in Williston 10 miles one way, her home has electricity but no running water!! I'm still trying to figure out why she would want to live this way. She has a good job, maybe a nurse, I can't remember for sure & her daughter is going to School in Fairbanks to be a Vet. We got to the airport early so had time for a Starbucks. We arrived in Kotzebue & the missionary, Dave Miller met us. He showed us around before we came to their home. They have a sone, Tom who is 14 still at home. His wife, Sarah was cutting up caribou as that & moose are their meat, although they had a really good chicken dish for dinner. Sunday School is at 10 so we are headed to bed.
We got around and left Bob and Julie's about 11. Bob was still hunting, Julie took us to Wasilla. On the way we stopped at the police station in Anchorage and saw Julie's oldest son, Paul Padgentt, He was 15 when they left Idaho. It was good to see him. When we got to Wasilla we went by Julie's other son, Chad, he wasn't home but
we visited with his wife Canby and her mother. We then came on into Wasilla and met Susie Dillon at Red Robins for lunch. Julie went back to Anchorage. We went to a couple of thrift stores and a coffee shop. After that we came to Susie's home and had a delicious dinner of salmon and veggies from her garden. It is great to see Susie again we were up here five years ago when we were on the bike. Susie has been a Family friend since she was about eight, she was our doctor in Boise until she moved to Alaska.
Today has been a really good day. Bob left real early to go moose hunting, we got up a little later and went with Julie, she dropped us off at a coffee shop that her granddaughter Mariah works at. After her appointment she came back and we did some errands with her and did some sightseeing. We went to see the train station and the shipyards, we did a little shopping and came back to the house. We had a bacon,tomato and avocado sandwich. After that Don took a nap and Julian I been a few more errands. We went to a pizza place and had salad and pizza for dinner with Robyn and her family. This has indeed been a good day. Bob called and he did not get a moose because all he saw was a cow and a cow & a calf. He did get three grouse.
We are having a wonderful time in Anchorage, we took a drive down the highway towards Seward to see some Whales but the tide was out so we did not see any in Cook Inlet or Turnabout Bay. We went to a beautiful little resort town and then we turned back toward Anchorage and drove up to Flat Top Mountain lookout and viewed the Cook Inlet, Anchorage and the surrounding area. We drove down to a lake that is the busiest seaplane lake in the world. From there Bob and Julie took us to a restaurant and we had delicious fish and chips for lunch also a really good spinach salad. For supper Bob barbecued red sockeye salmon and it was delicious!! We celebrated Robyn's 42nd with Bob, Julie, Mike, Robyn, Mariah, Brooke, Nolan, Mike's mother, Suzanne and brother Jay. We visited with Bob and Julie and now it is bedtime. This has truly been a wonderful day, God IS good.
We are two, in-love, down-to-earth, people who fell in love over 55 years ago! We have covered many miles from the back of our Honda Golding; including our dream trip to Alaska! Our next big adventure will be East! Here is our journey. Don's the preacher and Alfreda is his biker babe!