September is done, where did it go? It's amazing how fast time flies, especially when we are busy. Fall is a great time of year. It won't be long before the snow flies here in Michigan.
Thank you for allowing me to share bits of our adventures with you. The excursion in the Rocky Mountains was only one portion of our 10 day trip. We moved our new daughter-in-law in the New Mexico heat. Water,water, water! In dry climates, clear, clean water is essential! There is a reason lush vegetation doesn't grow there, just scruffy brush and cacti where we were. If you are planning to do the Do-It-Yourself move, check out "Workout Before You Move Out". Most people are not in physical shape to move a household of furniture. Are you?
Are you into free-range, grass fed beef? Then chances your meat comes from the southwest. Large ranches sprawling for miles still exist out in the great plains and southwest states. We saw a lot of cattle and sheep ranches with lazy, happy herds grazing to their hearts' content. No muddy feed lots there! We saw a lot of windmills working to generate power and pump water.Water is scarce in the southwest, but we were privileged to be caught in rain for a whole day while visiting Alamagordo and El Paso. Pray for rain for them, please.Tight restrictions have been imposed to conserve this precious, necessary resource as a result of drought.
The Great Plains and Southwest are rich with history. We traveled along old Route 66 and the Santa Fe Trail. Many of the effects of our history show today. We visited Fort Union where wagons literally carved ruts into the ground. Iron Man triathaletes don't hold a candle to those brave people who trekked across the mountains and desert to the west! If you want to learn more about why people in certain areas behave the way they do, learn their history.
We took the time to visit my daughter and her family in Colorado. My grandchildren are growing so fast! It won't be long before they are graduating high school! We enjoyed playing in the park with them. My granddaughter liked playing tickle wars. Take time to spend time with family and friends because the time slips by before you turn around.
As for religion, when we visited Santa Fe, we saw a lot of Native American culture complete with it's religious influence. I can't tell you how many pottery decorated skulls and other things for Day of the Dead we saw in gift shops and gas stations. Dream catchers and other decorations depicting Native American beliefs were everywhere. We went to the Palace of the Governors which housed Native Americans on it's porch selling hand-crafted jewelry, blankets, and other trinkets. A blend of Catholicism, Native American animism, and Mexican beliefs are very intertwined in the Southwest.Be careful about picking up religions that aren't compatible with Christian faith. Crosswalk.com recently ran an article about "Don't Call Charlie", a must read if you have teens.
The initial reason we went to Colorado was for a pilots' conference my husband wanted to attend. I spent time in the Ground School workshops, but worked on my computer when he went to the mechanics classes It was fun watching him glow as he looked at other people's planes and spoke with Bill Harrelson who flew solo around the world in his Lancair.These conferences are designed to help pilots fly safer in these amazing home-built planes. Even though I don't have an aviation background, I am studying for my pilot's license. We are both trying to spend time doing things that the other enjoys. "Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." Philippians 2:3-5.
If this is boring to you, wait until next week when all will be back to semi-normal around here. There are always take-aways where ever we go.
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Many blessings for your week!