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Arches National Park - then Drive to Berthoud

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 0 Comments

I was toying with the idea of getting up real early and catching the sunrise at the delicate arch this morning, so much so that I didn’t make it in time! And the best thing to do would be (in my opinion) to find an arch that would work well with the sunrise. And I’m thinking that it might have worked ok, though it’ll be a while before I can verify.
After that arch (it’s a mile+ hike in to get up close) I drove to Burger King for a quick breakfast, then over to the Devil’s Garden. Not sure why he gets credit for so many places on earth, but that’s what ‘they’ call it. Spent most of the rest of the day here, hiking oh, about another 8 miles. Bring more water! I didn’t, but managed to make it out ok. There’s more than arches out here, which the photos will testify.
I wanted to leave the park by 2:00 to make it to my brother’s place in good time, but ended up being around 3:00. Then, stopped in to see some dinosaur tracks along the way, which was pretty cool (about 20 miles up from the park.)
I guess the thing that impressed me the most about this park, is that these sandstone ‘mountains’ are on top up here - about 5,000 feet. Yet, they are built from water, and carved by water. Do the math - something had to have happen that created such structures.
Take some time to look at the park from the air - here’s a link of the Delicate Arch via
From then on it was driving time. I-70, going into Denver (from UT) is probably my favorite stretch of road. This was my 2nd time though this part, and this time was just a neat trip.

Drove from Pocatello, to Arches National Park

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 1 Comment

Good drive today - and because of a phone call from Tom saying “Don’t go to the Dinosaur National Park,” I headed down to the Arches National Park. This was a good call, because I needed all the time I could in ANP.
Not really sure where to go, I went to the Delicate Arch (view area - I didn’t hike up this time.) Then stopped at the Windows arches. Here, I got caught in a decent thunderstorm. I’m thankful I had my Gore-Tex rain coat with me, and that my camera bag has a cover for it. Later in the hotel, I was watching the weather, and looks like the ‘red’ part of the storm went right over. Thankful for answered prayer - I didn’t get hit this time by lightning.
Spent the night in Motel 6, and was able to upload images of the day. I did stay at Moab, which was 2x as expensive as Green River, but I thought it was ok as the other one was 100 miles out of the way. I didn’t want to give up 2 hours traveling either…

Bike Ride - office and weight

Saturday, August 12, 2006 0 Comments

Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. It was 4:45—too early for much of anything, except to hitch a ride to the bottom of the top of Lookout Pass. Here is the trailhead for a nice bike ride. See, Tom was driving out, picking up Titus and then coming back 2.5 hour later. So, he dropps Barney, Luke and I at the trailhead (well, Barney and Luke at the top of Lookout pass, where they rode down to where I was on the interstate, and freezing cold I might add) then goes to pick up Titus (and Rachel) then on his way back picks the 3 of us up to come home. Much the same route as what we did last Saturday, but a little different.
So, that’s what we did. The attached photo is the route - (coming Sunday afternoon) - 33.7 miles, 2:13 hr, average speed - 15 mph (there was some waiting time, etc. in there…)
Then to the office, where I was till supper (steak for Titus) then helped Barney move the weight machine into the office.

Friday's office work

Friday, August 11, 2006 0 Comments

Spent the day in the office today. Much of the day was getting the “pack and stack” area re-organized (this is where we pack and stack our DVD’s, audio books, and anything else that needs assembly.) When it was all said and done, there was enough room for the printer from Rachel’s office, as well as the weight machine from the PI office.

Office Racks

Friday, August 11, 2006 0 Comments

Was able to get the book I’ve been working on (The Stranger with the DVD segments marked in it) printed and coil bound today. That was fun. Now comes the hard part - putting the DVD together. There’s 123 sections that comprise the DVD, and it’s not hard just tedious. There’s 15 chapters, that means at least 15 menus, and links going everywhere, and I want to do Subtitles (so it’s easier to translate) which adds another dimension yet. But it’s coming.
Spent a good part of the day re-organizing the warehouse. Tom and I set the shelves up, and then I started pulling pallets around and throwing boxes. It’s cleaning up well, but—you guessed it—it’s not finished.
Tonight, I started in on the Closed Captioning for the Interactive DVD, but then got side-tracked to moving the prop / CD Insert stuff around.
Barney and Jim got EFI running tonight - the new site, that is.

You guessed it - another day on the computer. Oh, and racks.

Thursday, August 10, 2006 0 Comments

Today was launch day for the changes I’ve been working on with the website. Things went very well. There was a ton of changes after the switch, but that was mainly because I overlooked several files (RealPlayer audio files.) But that wasn’t too bad. Very thankful that things are still working! Some new pages I put are the French Audio Preview, and put links to the mp3 files for the English Lamb. I didn’t do any design work, just basically got the information available. Jim’s the design man working on the new site, and this will work till then.
This morning Tom and I drove down to purchase some more shelving units. The fellow we went to see wasn’t there, so we picked up what we wanted and headed home. Before we got there, he called, and Tom went back with the check (which was the plan—we talked w/ his wife when we were there.) Tom, though, came home with another truckload! Ryan cleaned them up for us and we’ll get them set up sometime soon I reckon.

Web work at the office -and- Spear

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 0 Comments

Today was a coninuation of yesterday. Worked all day on the web store - and making little changes around (like moving the audio, video, and large PDF files to so we don’t have to back all that data up every day.) Made a lot of progress on it, just that it’s not finished yet!
Tonight we watched The End of the Spear. I know it’s easy to be critical of things, but I was dissapointed when it was all said and done. I understand the movie was designed to ‘stimulate conversation,’ but I think it missed even that.

Web store -- office work

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 0 Comments

Just spend the day tied to my chair and worked on converting the webstore. What I’m doing is changing the location of the store (and henceforth all the links there in needs to be updated) so that we can easily duplcate this into 4 more stores. So my job is to basically re-link every link in the goodseed website (not really,  but sure seems that way.) Made good progress on it today, and hopefully we’ll be able to actually move to this site tomorrow.
After supper came back and worked on the book for the interactive Stranger. Started at chapter six, and went up through chapter 10 on the book part. The video was finished last Friday (I really thought that I typed something then, but - if I did, it didn’t make it here.) And if this write-up doesn’t flow very well, it’s because of the same reason why I’m going home right now.

Trip to see some Cedars

Monday, August 07, 2006 0 Comments

Woke up at 5:30. Yeah, I know.
But made it to Dave’s house by the alloted time of 7:00. Come to find out, the other 2 guys that were going on this trip backed out—one just last night. So it was me, Dave and Morgan.
It was a good day, not too hot. All in all, we drove (from Dave’s place) a total of 117 miles, rode our bikes 7.3 miles in the woods, then hiked a total of 3.6 miles (all figures are round trip.) It was a nice time - the trip took us to an old growth cedar forest, where some trees are 6-7’ across. Even bigger if there were 2 trees growing together. Here we had lunch and headed back.
We did have to stop at the Granite Falls on the way, and there was another old growth Cedar gove, which they claimed were up to 2,000 years old (some of them - I don’t think we found them.) It’s a national park that everyone can go and see.
This took most of the day - came home for a nap and rest for the rest.

(short) Roadtrip and Webdesign.

Sunday, August 06, 2006 0 Comments

Interesting day today. Woke up at 5:00 to provide transporation for Tom and 2 buddies. We drove to drop one car at one part of a bike trail, then I rode with them to the top of lookout mountain. They then dis-embarked and rode, while I drove the van back to where my car was, and then headed home. They had a 47 or so mile ride ahead of them, starting out with 6 miles on the interstate (downhill, so that part was.) But it was a neat way to start the day.
Back in the office (several projects on the go) Russ asked me to run to the Post Office, which I did. But right before I got there, I realized I didn’t have my wallet - and figured out that it was in the van still. So I came back to the office, where Russ gave me a check. Back to the Post Office—just to find it was closed! Apparently they don’t open on Saturdays. Oh, well - no one likes ‘wasting time’ like that, but I had to get over it.
Spent the rest of the day figuring out our webstore (at and converting it to accomidate 4 other stores (for Canada, Australia, UK and French Canada.) Basically spent the rest of the day working on that, and by the end of the day got a good handle on it—it’s coming together nicely. I have just to implement the changes that I uncovered to the rest of the pages—nothing (from my standpoint) to figure out, but there will be something that’ll stump me, I’m sure.
After supper I lounged around with the Legers for a couple movies. Nice to chill for a bit.

Office Work -- and not so office work.

Friday, August 04, 2006 0 Comments

Typically on my previous dailylog, I didn’t type anything when I stayed and worked in the office, because it’s just boring stuff. No photos, just-worked-on-the-computer-all-day-ong type of stuff. But, trying to at least note the projects I’ worked on, for reference sake, if needed to figure out something years from now (which is what applying for a visa to another country does for you. You have to answer questions like: “Give details of what you have been doing during the past 10 years or since age 18, whichever period is longer, starting with the most recent information. Include jobs held, periods of unemployment, periods of study and any other use of time, such as time spent traveling in search of a country of refuge, stays in hospitals, prisons or other places of confinement, and periods spent at home as a homemaker. You must not leave gaps.”  (And they give you 5 lines.)

Yesterday I learned of a new project to add to the list. So far I have a few on my plate now:
1. Re-master the 11 hour long DVD series with the new logo. Not as bad as it sounds, but does involve some time.
2. Create a new DVD series - it’s pieces parts of the above mentioned DVD - so that people who want to read through the book (The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus) but still utilize the ‘good stuff’ on the DVD. This includes clips from the Middle East, as well as visual aides and other ‘timbits’ (for you Canadians.)
3. This above DVD series also needs a Stranger book marked with when to read / when to watch the DVD. So that’s another thing to add to this.
4. Finish off the Powerpoint presentation for The Lamb. It’s basically done, just needs audio put on, complete with the timing.
5. Configure and implement a store for—for each country: Canada, UK, Australia and French Canada. (I think I’ll need help with the last one.)

Today, got up to chapter 5 of the new DVD Book, and chapter 14-3 with the video segments. It’s moving quickly.

And today I was asked to do some photography. I’ll stop there - don’t want to wear you out!

Derek and Chantal drove out today. Derek came on Aug 3, 3 years ago. Good planing, eh? We’ll miss you guys!

After supper (at Barney’s) I helped him hook the wiring up in his car for his new trailer hitch. Took longer than expected, but it turned out great.

Helping Derek and Chantal Move

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 0 Comments

That’s what I did today. It was good to roll the old truck out once again, and the trip to Spokane was just a lot of fun.
We really started helping at around 9:00, bringing boxes down from the 3rd floor, then packing my truck w/ boxes. Russ came with his Surbussan and a cube trailer, which took the other stuff, like hide-a-bed couch, bed, and the rest of the furnature / boxes / bikes.
In Spokane, the shipping container was 6’ x 7’ x 7.75’. That’s small (in case you were wondering.) One of the topics of discussion, was how much gas would it cost for me to drive everything down in my truck / trailer combo - and would it be worth it. The difference was about 3-4 hundred dollars, so we continued in packing in the stuff. Barney did most of the fitting, and did a good job of it. We were able to fit in all the boxes, couch, bed, table and some odds and ends in that dinky space. The things left behind will either be sold, donated or held onto and delivered later.
After that was done, we had supper at Russ’ as a informal going-away party for Hung out with Barney after that.

Office Work Again

Tuesday, August 01, 2006 0 Comments

Got a lot done today - worked on the Interactive DVD - up to Chapter 8 on the video side, chapter 5 on the book side.
Went to the office where our servers are kept, and plugged in my USB External HD, to download all the websites-to save doing that over the internet. One of my projects is to help set up the stores for Canada, UK, AUS, and French Canada. That - and to work on little changes / fixes on the current website (like fixing the wrong dates for the TERM seminar—should be able to get to that tomorrow.)
Also, helped Derek and Chantal move—just a little. Got the washer / dryer and a couple book cases out today. Tomorrow we take the rest to a trailer in Spokane and pack and stack.
Been thinking of a place to live - but again - not knowing if I’m going to Canada or not makes plans hard to do.

Office work - phones, inventory

Tuesday, August 01, 2006 0 Comments

Just another day in the office. Printed off a couple three sets of the new Interactive DVD Stranger - the project in the works. One set will go to Korea, another to India I think it was, and the third up to the Canadian office. Burned a DVD to go with it as well.
Today is month end, and I get to do inventory. Took me about 4-6 hours (didn’t keep time on it, see?)
Now off to Legers to re-route a telephone line. But first to stop at Home Despot to see if they have the special connectors for a phone patch job. Hope so!

Hearing and ear plugs

Monday, July 31, 2006 0 Comments

Got to church this morning at 8:35, to find that most all the sound equipment was already set up. That’s too bad, because I was hoping to get in on that, and I did a little. I ran sound this morning, and it went very well. Had some PPT problems (but, does that surprise anyone?) Rick taught on Acts 4.
After church, I hopped in my car, and caught BK’s 2 for 1.29 special, and headed up to Newport. It was just under 50 miles to get there from here.
Dave was home, Katie and Morgan wasn’t. We grabbed some guns and headed to the mountains. I’m not used to shooting assault rifles, but it’s quite interesting. The .44 pistol was a blast too (no pun in ten did.) With the .223 we almost got a round to go through 3/8” steel. Quite interesting.
After that, we hiked to the top of the hill - not going far - just about a mile and a half total. Beautiful day today - just around 70°F - that’s 21°c for those of you north of the border.
In the evening, I just worked on Soduku.

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