This week we have transfers. I can't believe it's been six weeks and here we go again! We only have five new missionaries coming in and nine going home. It shouldn't be too hectic this time around. The next two transfers, however, are going to be a mad-house. Fifteen new elders and sisters coming to the mission (so far) in the July transfer.
Our extra-curricular hours were kind of limited this week. We did finish walking the Campbell Creek Trail, a total of about 15 miles since we walk each section both directions, going and then coming back to the car. We followed the creek downstream from NE to SW through the middle of Anchorage. Next we are going to tackle the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail, which starts at the Westchester Lagoon (see March 15th post for picture of someone skating on the lagoon.) and works its way 4 or 5 miles eastward across town to an area near the university where the Campbell Creek Trail starts. These trails wind through some greenways that are quite pretty in areas, especially now that it's summer. We don't have any pictures from our walks this week but will try to do better in the future.
We did get out to Potter's Marsh again this week and have a some photos for you from there.
|Another shot of a Green-Winged Teal. He just pulled his head up out of the water.|
If you click on the picture, I think you'll be able to see the beads of water on his head.
|A Black-capped Chickadee, hiding in the branches of a tree.|
|The smaller birds really didn't like this guy in their neighborhood, but he wasn't the|
least little bit interested. Just kept going.
|Arctic Tern in a classic pose. If you want to learn more about this amazing bird,|
click on this link or paste it into your browser or just look them up on Wikipedia.
|Same bird, a little more relaxed.|
|In addition to all the sea gulls and terns, we saw this pair of mating Red-Necked Grebes. |
Another one for the list.
That's about it for this week. Oh, we did have a very nice date night on Friday. We went out to the movie, "McFarland." with two other senior missionary couples (great movie if you haven't seen it!) and then went out for Mexican food and then to Baskin Robbins for desert. It was a very nice evening out and we really enjoyed the company.
We think about our family and friends back home every day, and miss you all a lot, but wouldn't give up our mission here for anything. What a great experience and challenge! And Alaska is just an awesome place!