Monday, July 28, 2008
We went to beautiful Sedona. Too bad it rained, because I wanted to camp there and stay there longer. From New Mexico all the way past Phoenix, Arizona, there was rain and lightning. That storm stretched for over 600 miles and lasted for over 8 hours while I was driving. I've never seen so much lightning before in my life. That was awesome.
We ate some delicious BBQ ribs in Sedona. That was a fun town to visit.
After leaving New Mexico, we went to Sedona, Arizona. We were going to camp there, but it rained. We arrived in Sedona around 5:00 p.m. We drove straight to L.A. We got there around 3:00 a.m. After dropping everyone off, we got home at 4:00 a.m. After unpacking, I went to sleep at around 5:00 a.m. That was a long day and a long but fun week.
These are pictures of Oak Creek and Red Rock Canyon.
Last week, James, Grace "Hye Jin", Jenny, Laura Kim, Eun Jung, Jonah, Tyler, Sarah, and I went to Glorieta, New Mexico. We went there for the National Sunday School Teachers' Conference.
We had a good time, but it was very tiring. We went there after working all day on Saturday for VBS preparations and all day of church on Sunday. Saturday, July 19 was James' birthday too. Sarah and I get to church before 7:30 a.m. to set up the equipment for the childrens' worship service. After all day of meetings on Sunday, we ate dinner at a Korean restaurant. We also stopped by the market to buy some food for our road trip. I think we left Los Angeles around 8:30 p.m. We drove my dad's Ford Explorer and arrived in Albuquerque around 11:00 a.m. We got to the Glorieta Conference Center around 1:00 p.m. Sarah, James, and I took turns driving there. Needless to say, we were exhausted. I think it took about $600 in gas round trip. We drove about 2,000 miles round trip. Laura Kim, Eun Jung, and the kids flew there. I'll probably fly next time.
On Monday, we registered and got our rooms. James and I shared a room. Sarah, Jenny, and Grace shared another room. We had dinner together. I think we all ate a lot of food. I felt like I was eating all day long each day. Jenny, Sarah, and I went hiking up a trail nearby on the first day. Jenny seemed to be in good shape. She says she likes dancing. I asked what was her favorite sport. She replied, "Walking fast. . .because I'm always late." Laura didn't feel well after walking for awhile because of the high altitude. It's 7,000 feet up there. Fortunately, she felt a little better afterward.
On Tuesday, Sarah, Jenny, and I woke up early to go hiking again. Then, we had breakfast at 6:30 a.m. We had classes and then lunch at 12:00. After some electives in the afternoon. We had dinner. Then, we had meetings. I was really tired. The others had meetings until 2:00 a.m. sometimes. I could hardly sleep, because I'm a light sleeper and can't sleep well in new surroundings. It has to be my bed and my room.
Wednesday, some of them went to Santa Fe. Sarah and I decided to get some rest.
Thursday, we had more classes and more meetings. Jonah found part of a fossilized animal jawbone. His mom didn't seem to pleased when he showed it to her. Jonah is pretty funny. He says things like, "You guys collect offerings so that the teachers can eat lunch at church?"
Friday, we finished our 12 and last class. We packed up, checked out, and left for Sedona, Arizona.
I loved the mountain air there. It wasn't nearly as hot as I thought it would be. Several times throughout the week, there were dark clouds and thunder in the distance. It rained a few times throughout the week. I loved the weather there.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Yesterday, our Honda Accord got hit by a grandma. We just parked our car on a street, when this grandma pulled behind us to park her car. She hit my car from behind on the rear bumper. The crash sound was loud, but there were only minor scratches on our bumper. I initially got mad, but Sarah must have felt sorry for her and just let it go. She had a white Mercedes M class SUV. My cars and bikes have been getting hit by a lot of other cars recently. It's a dangerous world out there. That's another reason not to get a new car. Your car will be hit or scratched in a matter of no time, especially in L.A. Dang!
I rode with the 5Fix2 crew in Whittier. The name 5Fix2 is a play on the area code (562) and the fixed gear bike riders. We joined up with the "Sexy Sixpack" riders in Downtown L.A. I rode almost 70 miles that night going from Whittier to L.A., riding around L.A., back to Whittier, and then home. I ended up going home really late, because some people got lost, and we had to wait for them. I think they want me to ride with them again. I just don't want these Midnight Rides to last all night. I need some sleep. It was fun though. I've made more friends and got some good riding in.