Grandma and Grandpa Noel

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I tried to post something last night and it ended up on Wilder Allen Hatch's blog. I will try again and see if it gets to where it is supposed to be on our blog.

We are in Seward now and enjoying the access to civilization that we have. There is actually a road that we can get on that will take us to Anchorage in two hours. We don't have that isolated feeling that we had in Dutch. We miss the people in Dutch and would have stayed longer but the President and the Lord figured it was time to move on. It was a sudden and expensive exit but it happened so quickly that only Darlene could have pulled it off by herself. She is amazing.

I am enclosing a few pictures of Seward. It is a beautiful place and we have room for anyone that wants to come visit. We have three bedrooms and only use one of them. It is only 900 square feet but we don't need much these days. We may consider downsizing when we get home, well that is a thought that I will not pass by my wife because it wouldn't fly but a guy can dream can't he?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Bunker Overlooking Bering Sea
Pill Box On Ballyhoo
Underground Tunnel
Gun Mount
Too Tired to Go Further

Ballyhoo Exploration

The Spit at Dutch Harbor From Ballyhoo
Darlene and Laura Coming Out Of A Bunker On Ballyhoo

Remains Of A Sled Used To Bring Up Equipment Up Ballyhoo

The Clouds Upon The Water
We did have four days of sunshine during the month of July so we took advantage of two of them to climb to the top of Ballyhoo mountain where there are numerous remains of WW II buildings and military installations.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Our Sunny Day Adventure

WWII Vehicle in July Fourth ParadeGrand Prize in Parade--Senior Center Bus
Mom by the Waterfall
Mom on a hill in Unalaska
Mom at the door of WW II Explosive storehouse

Thursday, July 3, 2008


Mom's new truck
Unalaska National Forest
Sommers Bay
The APL dockT

July has arrived but summer hasn't

We are looking forward to warm and sunny days but they don't get here until August or September just before the snow begins to fall in October. We have a new Mission President but we haven't heard from him yet. He arrived a week ago and is still probably trying to figure out what he has got himself into. Things are pretty slow on the island at this time as many of the members are on vacation, the activities at the PCR are few, Kids Night Out is off until school starts, and the Senior Center lunch program moves to UniSea Galley until the end of November. Many of the kids on the island go away for the summer months to attend camps and visit relatives in the lower forty eight. They have a mens softball league that plays on Wednesday and Sunday evenings but so far it has been too cold and rainy to venture out to watch them.

We did have a visit from one of the District High Councilors that comes here to work about once a month. He just dropped by to check on us which was nice.

We continue to search for people to share the Gospel with. It seems like every time we find someone to talk to we find another less active member. We are now aware of six members on the island that came here to work and don't have time for the Church. Some are working fourteen hours a day seven days a week. It is insane. Prices keep going up on everything here at a record pace. Gas is now up to $4.75 a gallon and milk is $10.00. Maybe we ought to drink gas it is a little cheaper but that may not be a good idea. We still have to have heat in the Church even when we keep it at sixty four degrees. Our warmest day thus far was fifty four degrees and we get one sunny day out of every ten or more. We would like to have a few more sunny days but we will make do with what we have.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Elbow report

Dad's elbow is doing well. He didn't have to get surgery and the antibiotic seems to be clearing up the infection. We have been to the Clinic the past two days for blood work to make sure the infection has been cleared up.