Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Salt Family Reunion

We arrived back from India on July 1st only to travel again a few days later. On July 5th we flew from Tucson to Salt Lake City and then drove up to Idaho. We were still not adjusted and that 4 hour car ride was fairly torturous. But we made it up to Rexburg and relaxed at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

The reunion started on Wednesday, July 6. This was a reunion for Steve's mom, her brother and sister, and their kids and grandkids. We had rented two large, nice cabins up in Island Park, ID and the first evening was just spent talking, eating, and getting to know everyone again. The kids all played fantastically together. Rhianna and Alix talked about Harry Potter and made bracelets together. One time Rand came up to me and said Kamiah was a good friend. Seth got attached to Uncle Greg and his big cousin Scott. But all the kids played well together and enjoyed this time.

On Thursday it was beautiful weather and we went on a few small hikes and had a picnic. We first went to Mesa Falls. It was a beautiful waterfall and the rainbow it created could even be captured on camera. They had a small house there selling things but also displaying all kinds of animals firs and bones and we really enjoying looking through every thing. Then we went to the spring where the river began and saw a cabin that had been built there many years ago.

On Friday we drove to West Yellowstone and went to the IMAX movie of Yellowstone and visited the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. They have stuffed bears here as well as several live bears and wolves. One of the bears was really agitated and digging rocks and dirt like crazy so that was interesting to watch. There were also places for kids to play and climb in things and learn a little more about the animals and the area. This night we also had the kids play Minute to Win It games which our kids loved. Each night we also sang a family song, learned old dances like the polka and square dance, and enjoyed a fire and smores.

Saturday many of the families traveled into Yellowstone and did a loop. They saw several animals and Old Faithful and other sites in the park. Because of all our travel we opted out and stayed back at the cabin with a few others. We had a great game of Bite the Bag. Hayley won and the other kids did really well too but we were all amazed at Marnie's skill. We also took a small walk near the river and stuck our feet in the water out at the boat docks. So it was a nice relaxing day.

Sunday we said goodbye to everyone and drove to join Doug and Marnie at church. We ate lunch at their house afterward and of course the kids love to see Doug's police car and guns. Then we went back to Grandma and Grandpa's house to have a birthday dinner for Grandma and enjoy the evening.

Since our flight didn't leave until late Monday night we stopped to visit family in Logan. Our niece Taylor got married while we were in India, so we met up with Taylor and Carson and ate pizza for lunch with them. Then we went to Grandma Clyde's house and had a few hours to talk. The kids always remember the toys in the basement and had fun playing. Grandma also had ice cream for us and we had a nice visit comparing our trip to India with the trip she did with Grandpa many years ago. Then we went to Grandma & Grandpa Funk's house and again had a chance to talk about our trip. Rhianna was good about showing Grandpa the pictures of India we had brought them. Becky came to visit with her little boys and they had a nice time playing with my boys. We spent some of the time looking through a life history book of Grandma's mom and dad. I was glad we had a least a little time to visit with Taylor and my grandparents while we were traveling through.

I always love looking out the windows as a fly and often find it so beautiful above the clouds. This time I caught a gorgeous sunset out the window above the wing of the plane. It was a wonderful visit to family.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Images of India - 3 (From Krista)

Here is my last set of pictures. All of these were taken by my sister Krista. She joined us for some of the trip and has a great camera and is a talented photographer. I mainly have included pictures she took of us, but she has a number of other great shots that she has posted to her blog, which is linked on the side of ours, and I recommend you check it out.

Here is a picture of us with Grandma and Grandpa Funk. We loved getting to see them and spend time with them.

We visited the campus of Infosys with the students. As you can see from these pictures, it is a beautiful place. This campus is where they train all of their new employees. After living here, I wouldn't have wanted my training to end.

This is a picture of us with our amazing driver Raja Ram. He was our driver the entire time we were in Bangalore and it was a pleasure getting to know him. We even met some of his family at the very end of our time there.

Seth and I posing by a monkey. This is as close as we wanted to get. Some of the students had the monkeys jump on them and steal food and other things.

Here is Seth with his buddy Emily. Emily was an MBA student who was working as a TA for the program. She was very nice to Seth and they bonded during our week of travel with the students.

This was me feeding an antelope. Seth also helped, but we had to be careful of those very pointy antlers.

The kids by a statue of a tiger outside of Mysore Palace.

Shaking hands and meeting people.

This is an awesome picture Krista was able to get of the Taj Mahal.

Riding Rani the elephant.

At the observatory.

Friday, July 15, 2011

More Images of India - 2

Here are a few more pictures that I liked.

These are pictures of what they call the Wind Palace.

This is a picture of Agra Fort.

I like this picture because it is a picture of Krista taking a picture of the Taj Mahal.

This is the Water Palace, built so the Maharaja could hunt birds.

Here are some additional pictures of us at the Taj Mahal. I like these pictures for a few reasons. One is that they show the side buildings which you almost never see. Second, because the bottom picture gives you a glimpse of how people would like to crowd around us so that they could get pictures with the kids.

This is Rand outside the gate of Akbar's tomb.

This is the New Delhi version of the Arc de Triumph.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

More Images of India - 1

I think Stephanie did a fantastic job of describing our trip to India and putting up pictures of our experiences. However, we had so many cool pictures that I thought it would be fun to do a couple of additional posts that have some other pictures. Over the next few days I will probably do 2 or 3 of these. I hope you enjoy.

These two pictures are of our kids at a primary activity. Our kids had a lot of fun playing games with the local children from the branch.

These two pictures are at a very nice hotel called the Leela Palace. I wanted to show some of the beautiful design of the hotel, and also the lovely waterfall.

More pictures from the houseboat. I just wanted to show that each of the kids got a chance to drive the boat. I also wanted to show Seth pulling hard to steer the boat, and one picture of Seth trying to fish.

This was actually outside of a very nice store in Bangalore, but I loved the carved wood panels.

These are jack fruit. They have a very sweet, almost sickly smell (as you can see from Rhianna's face).

Here is Rand swimming. One day at the pool he just decided that he was going to swim and he did. It was fairly amazing.

This is a picture of one of the Hindu temples outside of the Mysore palace. We saw many temples in India, and they all have lots of intricate carvings.

This is another picture of the Kathakali dancing. I like it because it shows the man dressed up as a woman and also the singer and the musicians.

Some Indian schoolchildren in their uniforms.