After leaving the Visitor Center, we walked across the street to The Winter Quarter Temple and walked through the Pioneer Cemetery. In a movie that we viewed in the Visitor Center there was a reference to a baby named Peter who had died…Cassie and Bekah felt they found his headstone in the cemetery.
As our families were leaving the Cemetery, Danielle and Dad had private moments of their own (I saw Chad praying and am filled with gratitude for the blessing I have of being married to this special man) His “quiet moments” to ponder don’t come often enough for him. I am sooooo thrilled he is here to enjoy these sacred moments with us.
This was an amazing spiders web that was just outside the cemetery...had to take a photo to remember how exquisite the work of one lone little spider is!
While driving down the a little road we read a sign that states: "EMERGENCY SNOW ROUTE”…hmmm…
Trees, corn, small lakes, a random house here and there, trees and corn and more trees and corn and a little more corn! We thought Idaho had a lot of corn fields, not even!!! The mountainous range here resembles our foothills if you really stretch your imagination, other than that, it is quite flat and straight, we just keep going straight, hardly ever a turn in the road. We’ve now officially nick-named these three states The Land of Short Corn! (there's plenty of it, but it is way short compared to the corn we grow)
So, we had to stop off the side of the road…let’s just say for a boy emergency…out my window I spotted what I had believed to be one of my favorites on this planet…blackberries ~ loads and loads of ‘em. I braved walking out to them, through knee high grasses, all the while hoping and praying I was the only one out there, no giant spiders or snakes or, or, or...my mind was racing, but I was determined I would make it over to those berries!!! Myles said it sounded like there were screaming crickets out there...it was incredibly loud! Anyway, I finally make my way over and reach my hand out to pick a blackberry that I just know is going to be the yummiest, juiciest berry EVER and as I do it crumbles in my hand, it was some crazy looking pinecone sort of thing-a –ma-jig! No blackberries…how distraught I feel at this moment. So, I went for my daily fix…ice cubes and lemon juice. Aaaaahhhhh…happiness in a cup!
I thought we grew a lot of corn in Idaho…not even…this place has corn EVERYWHERE!!!
Billboards- in Idaho and about everywhere I’ve ever seen them, they are smack dab against the road…but not in this part of the world…they are forever away from the roads…probably the closest was about a football field away, really!
Bugs…I thought it was raining, seriously, because I wasn’t looking out the window, but it wasn’t rain it was a million or possibly a trillion bugs smackin’ against the windshield…we decided we are quite grateful to have a windshield between us and them!!!
Okay, just leaving Independence, Missouri where the three churches, ours (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), the Community Church of Christ (RLDS) and The Church of Christ each own a section. Very strange here. The temple (again not owned by us) felt and looked quite bizarre. Not sure how I would describe it. The descriptions I had been given prior to coming were that it looked like an upside down ice cream cone and the other was the Stairway to Heaven. Danielle said it made her think of the Tower of Babel. I just looked and wondered WHY? No great feeling here for me. Wish we’d have had more time to spend so that I could feel the Spirit here as I have in the other locations we’ve visited today. I feel somewhat of a loss. I felt quite confused as we stood in these areas trying to understand who and what and again why?