Even though the first rays of sun highlighted the icicles on our roof and cast warm light on our garage, it was a very cold morning. In fact it is zero degrees Fahrenheit. And this is cold for Utah! Where I live we are blessed with four distinct seasons, but when it snows in the winter, it rarely gets this cold. Unlike many of our more northern states where snow piles up and lasts for a very long winter, in the most densely populated areas in Utah, it snows, then warms up melting most of the snow, then repeats this cycle throughout the winter months. Only in the mountains do we have vast quantities of snow, often from November through April, and that is just fine for all the skiers, and snowboarders who flock to our world famous ski resorts. (For those who don't remember, the Winter Olympics were held here in 2002.) If you know me, however, you know that I'm a summer person, (give me 85 degrees F and I'm a happy camper), so this photo will go into my 'I Hate Winter' folder!! Hope it's warmer where you are today. And I'll spend my day at home very close to the fireplace and think about my friends in New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Samoa and New Caledonia.
WE HAVE RETURNED FROM OUR GREAT ADVENTURE!
Jeff and I have recently returned from an 18 month missionary assignment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had the opportunity to live and travel in New Zealand and some of the other beautiful islands of the Pacific. We were immersed in it all...the beautiful scenery, the many different cultures, unique foods and customs, and we came home having experiences to remember forever and friendships that will last a lifetime. Even though we spent most of our time on missionary assignments, I found plenty of time for photography, and even though I shared many photos while we were gone, I still have many more to post of some of the most beautiful places on the other side of the world....not only New Zealand, but New Caledonia, Fiji, Tahiti, Moorea, Australia, Samoa. So, I'll continue to give you a glimpse of the places we saw and the people we met, interspersed with whatever I happen to be photographing currently.