Wednesday, July 28
This morning was a beautiful morning. As Kim and I were pulling out from our staff house, we saw the sun rising over the mountains. Three different visits to AK and I had never seen the sunrise. I was always awake, but it just was never clear enough to experience it....until today. As we were driving we both just wanted to stop and capture the moment with our cameras, but everytime we tried there was something in our way. We could see it, but it just wasn't a good photo. We laughed together as Kim said she felt like we were like the "storm chasers". Needless to say, our on time status became a late status to Calvary. I think it was worth it, though.
It was our big "Alaska Day" in the kitchen...breakfast consists of pancakes and blueberry syrup...lunch, Alaskan salmon and halibut fixed in a variety of ways. Mrs. Geri had told me that the staff come in and know how to get it done. They were in full swing by the time Kim and I arrived. Not even really for sure why we needed to be there...there wasn't anything for us to do. Even if we had been on time, everyone else had their roles and we were just extras. We set out some milk and juice and helped clean up the dishes and counters as we could. It's nice to see how well everyone can work together to get a big job done. Everyone enjoyed the breakfast, but they were really excited to hear about the fresh fish for lunch.
Preparations for lunch began pretty much right after breakfast clean-up was complete. Jay was in charge of grilling the salmon...Scott came in and fried the halibut (Kim helped him with the battering process)...Tom made a baked halibut dish with lots of onions and lemons (I forget what they called it) and a fish chowder...and Melissa fixed the baked halibut. Al and Linda made the boiled red potatoes. I made the dessert which was Cherry Delight. (It was a big hit last week and it did not require the use of the stove or oven-perfect for an already busy day in the kitchen). I also started getting the coleslaw ready, but let Linda finish that. After so many weeks, it did run like a well oiled machine...I was just hoping that I didn't get in their way. :) Lunch was a huge success...the teams loved it! God is good to provide a team to get such a feast ready for his servants.
After lunch clean up, Kim and I went downtown to enjoy an afternoon off. I had my free ticket to the Bear Square, and I was given another ticket by Gail and Mark (from Hyde Park team) since they were not going to be here long enough to use it. So, we walk into Bear Square and get to watch a movie about the Iditarod first...it was so inspiring! I loved what one gentleman said on the movie, "Dream big. Dare to fail." I think we could all do better at living life like that instead of being comfortable in our bubbles we call life. It was a message for Kim's heart to hear, too...she's on a new adventure called retirement and looking to move up to AK for a year. She wants to have a ministry to the women of Alaska. Dream big, Kim...and dare to fail! God is good...no matter what!
After the movie we were free to enjoy the cute little stages they have set up for tourists to pretend they are fishing, dog sledding, riding on a hot air balloon, etc. All these things one could do in Alaska, if they chose to. Would have I paid to experience Bear Square?Probably not. However, it was free for both of us and we had a blast goofing off together.
After Bear Square, we entered this Norweigan store. I found a t-shrit that read "Uff-da" across the front. I loved it! I knew the phrase from a Veggie Tales show, but a friend of mine also reminded me that John Peterson, my beloved music leader from BMC, used to say that in a song we sang..."Uff-da! Ya. Sure. Ya betcha!" Such sweet memories. I knew I should have picked up one for Christa. Maybe if I go back next summer...