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LDS Trek Resources, Videos and Script

If you’re looking for a resource for LDS (Latter-day Saint) Trek prep activities, I have some helps for you! If you’re looking for a script for an activity, here’s one I put together with the help of other resources I found online, and then edited to fit our needs. For our activity, we met on a farm/ranch with the youth, leaders and “ma’s and pa’s”. We invited everyone to come in their trek-wear,...

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Chinese New Year in Rotorua, New Zealand

Chinese New Year in Rotorua, New Zealand

Since Chinese New Year is just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to share our experience with Chinese New Year in Rotorua, New Zealand! Admittedly, New Zealand gets flooded with Asian tourists over the Chinese New Year. We found busloads of Chinese groups everywhere we went, and we sometimes found it humorous to watch what excited them the most. For example, in the evenings we saw buses drop off the busloads at the local...

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A leisurely stroll in Russell, New Zealand

A leisurely stroll in Russell, New Zealand

Two weeks into our visit to New Zealand, we finally felt well enough to make it out to visit Russell. Formerly known as Kororāreka, it was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. It is situated in the Bay of Islands, in the far north of the North Island.  To get to Russell, you can take a long round-about drive up a peninsula to get there, or you can take a ferry. There are car ferries from Opua, or...

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Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland

Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland

No visit to Switzerland is complete without a scenic tour around Lake Lucerne. Jared wanted to drive the circumference of the entire lake, and we also stopped for a nice walk through the city of Lucerene. We were immediately drawn to the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), which is an eye-catching landmark that crosses diagonally over the Reuss River. The bridge was originally built in the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications....

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Multnomah Falls near Portland Oregon

Multnomah Falls near Portland Oregon

If you’re driving East on I-84 from Portland (about 30 minutes away along the Columbia River), you can’t help but notice the towering Multnomah Falls cascading down the the cliffs next to the freeway. I first saw these falls twelve years ago when Jared whisked me away to the Oregon Coast for our honeymoon. We didn’t stop then…and, in fact, I’ve never been able to get him to stop since. We’ve usually...

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My first time golfing – Crescent Bar, WA

My first time golfing – Crescent Bar, WA

I’ve never been golfing before. I’ve been hesitant to try–as I’m not always the most coordinated with my hands. I grew up as a soccer player–and feet–I can handle–but hands? Clubs? Ack! My husband’s family is from Central Washington, and nearby to his hometown is the tourist destination of Crescent Bar–a little island on the Columbia River, just off of I-90.  It is described as...

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