Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Great" Salt Lake?

 While Frank and William were here, I tried to give them tastes of good, solid, American food. We had tacos, spaghetti, chocolate chip cookies, and (pictured above) root beer floats. They were fascinated with the process. They took lots of pictures. They liked it! I think the picture above is the best one of them smiling. I don't know what it is, but whenever I took a picture, they'd go from smiling to straight-faced. It was funny!
 Lisa and Dorothy joined us for a trip to the Great Salt Lake. We figured if you come all the way from China to Utah, you've got to at least experience that. We parked by Salt Air and walked a good 1/2 mile down to the water. Along the way there were hot salt-encrusted puddles, brine flies, and dead seagulls. But on we trudged, amid waves of sulfer-scented air.
 William rolled up his pants and braved the salty water. Micah stripped down to his trunks and went fully in, on the hunt for brine shrimp!
 Dorothy (with her umbrella):

 One cool thing we discovered about the lake was how perfect it is for skipping rocks! Man, once we figured that out, we were all searching for rocks and seeing how many skips or how far we could skip.

 Back at home, I had promised Frank and William that I would teach them how to bake chocolate chip cookies. They loved it. They really did it all, which was really nice, because I got to go chill while they put in batch after batch. The next day was Brayden Davis' farewell, and we brought a cookies with us.
 Micah and his brine shrimp. We enjoyed watching them, and we think we even saw itty-bitty babies that must've been born while we had them. It was pretty cool!

Frank and William

 While Chad and Colin were away at scout camp, we were given the opportunity to host a couple of Chinese exchange students for 2 weeks. I thought it sounded like a great idea! We got two 16 year-olds, Frank and William.
 One of the teachers, Dorothy, stayed with my friend, Lisa Thronbrue. They were so fun to have and get to know. They were very different personalities. Frank was outgoing and funny. William was soft-spoken and neat. Dorothy was just plain adorable and sweet. Especially with children.
 We had dinner and game night one night. We played Apples to Apples, which was a lot of fun, especially to help the non-native English speakers expand their vocabularies.
 And I won't say a word about this shot (One day you'll be glad I posted it, Micah.):
 SungHee and her kids joined us up at Brighton to hike up to Lake Mary. It was a beautiful day.
 Below are Matthew, Frank, Mira, Phoenix, Micah, William, and Ella:
 Phoenix, Matthew, and Alyssa taking one of their many breaks.
 We made it to Lake Mary. We learned this is a water shed area, so no one is permitted to even touch the water, as it could be drinking water for the Salt Lake Valley in as little as 24 hours.
 Our entire group:

 Before it was time to head back, Micah wanted to take us all on one Geocache hunt. He, Phoenix, and Alyssa got ahead of the rest of us and found the cache. They left a band aid. :)

 Best of friends, Matthew and Alyssa.


 Colin and Micah inherited a few military items from Grandma and Grandpa Miller. They liked their ships and naval cap.
 What can I say?