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More Site Photos

More Site Photos

I shot more site photos today.  First thing in the morning I went to the Peter Whitmer Farm, Fayette Township, New York, and photographed a few items.   I ran in to the crew from the Church History Department again.  (The same people I’m taking these pictures for.)

On my way there I stopped at Wegman’s to buy some “rustic” looking bread.  The idea is to make it look like the first sacrament meeting in 1830.

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First Sacrament Concept

Sauder’s – Best Sandwich

When I finished there, I was off to Sauder’s for some shopping.  I bought some healthy snack alternatives.  Then, I had lunch there.

It was, by far, the best sandwich I ever had.  The girl behind the counter really piled it on.  It was a feast.

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Sauder’s Mega Roast Beef

Part of the secret to its goodness was I had her put onions on BEFORE she toasted it.  The onions melted in to the cheese were delicious.  Part II of the secret is horseradish AND italian dressing.

Veggie Snacks

Sauder’s has these veggie snacks.  I’m not sure if they are freeze dried, or how they get them like this, but they are almost like potato chips (only thicker).  My favorites are carrots and string beans.  I’m switching out salty snacks for these.



Hill Cumorah Pageant 2017

Hill Cumorah Pageant 2017

Hill Cumorah Pageant 2017 will be July 14, 15 and 18-22.  As always, make your reservations early.  Lodging goes quickly and few rooms are available on last minute notice.

First Trip

If this is your first trip to Palmyra, and you are coming during Hill Cumorah Pageant, 2017, here are a few tips…

  • Plan to spend a few days here (and feel free to contact me for suggestions)
  • Hill Cumorah (the trails) close at dinner time, so come during the day to hike the hill.
  • While you are hiking the hill, save your seats.
  • Visit the visitor’s center
  • Buy your dinner at the concessions (they support local youth activities)
  • My recommendation for the above is to get to the hill just after lunch (between 1 and 2 pm), and make it an afternoon and evening.
  • Earlier in the day, visit the Book of Mormon Publication site
  • The day before, or the day after, visit the Smith Farm

We’re also about 45 minutes away from the Peter Whitmer Farm and its visitor’s center.  Nearby is Sauder’s.  You have to visit Sauder’s.  Make a day out of it.  Visit Sauder’s and have lunch there, the Whitmer Farm, and then go down to Watkins Glen to see the waterfalls.

Church and Dinner

Brother Kevin Watkins talked in church.  He told a story very similar to my experience when Paul O’Donnell and I were put together as companions.  After the meeting I told him Paul’s and my story.  He got quite a kick out of it.

Sister’s Barrett and Crofts came to dinner.  I made Teriyaki Chicken, carrots and fried rice.

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Carrots, Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

After dinner I took some photos of Sister Crofts’ viola to submit to the church.

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Viola Head


A Break from the Rain

Our day started off with a trip to drop off the mission group portrait at the mission office, followed by a trip to Everson’s Maple Syrup. Les was there and gave our guests a very nice tour of the sugar house and explained the full process. They picked up a bunch of goodies, and I bought two gallons to replace the two gallons we used this last year.

Les also showed the girls the chicken coup and gave them three eggs: A regular hen egg, a bandy egg, and a duck egg.

Les Everson Showing Eggs

Les Everson Showing Eggs


I took our guests to Sauder’s and it was wet and raining the entire way there. They enjoyed Sauder’s, and we picked up some of their sandwiches, and headed to Watkins Glen.

Part way there, my phone rang. The caller ID said it was Judy. I said, “Judy, did you butt dial me?”

She started looking for her phone, and she then realized, she didn’t have her phone. The last she recalled having her phone was when she took the girls to use the bathroom.

I gave her my phone to call Sauder’s, and sure enough, someone had turned it in and they were holding it. My guess was the dialed the last number Judy called (my phone), and that was the call I got from Judy’s phone.

We got back there, Judy got her phone and purse back, and we were back on the road. The girls we hungry, so we stopped at the Peter Whitmer Farm and ate our sandwiches. The rain stopped while we ate our lunch, and we enjoyed a dry lunch. While we were there, they wanted to check out the cabin.

By the time we got to Watkins Glen, it was about 5pm. We hiked the canyon, and then headed home. We no sooner left Watkins Glen and it started pouring again. We lucked out. We did not have to eat or hike in the rain.

Our Guests at Watkins Glen

Our Guests at Watkins Glen


By the time we got home it was about 10pm, so we skipped dinner and just had some snacks. (Stuff we bought as Sauder’s.)

Jim Rosa Visits

Elizabethe and I walked into church this morning and Jim Rosa was there and spotted me right off the bat.  Jim and I worked together in the Oalkand Temple on the Friday night shift.  He was out in Buffalo for work and decided to spend the weekend in Palmyra.

After church Jim stuck around for choir practice and then we invited him to the house for lunch.  After lunch, I took Jim on the backroads to the Peter Whitmer Farm, and from there, we took the long way home.  We went down around the southern tip of Lake Seneca, stopped briefly at Watkins Glen, and then on home.

Jim Rosa in the Whitmer Log Home

It was sure nice seeing Jim again.

Jim Rosa - Peter Whitmer Log Home

Watkins Glen

While we were at the Whitmer farm, we got talking to a family.  When the wife heard that I had lived in Pittsburg, she asked if I knew a Challis family.  I asked if she meant Dan Challis, and she informed me Dan was her uncle.  I home taught Dan’s family way back in the early 1980s.  So, I got his contact information from her.

Small world.

Watkins Glen and Trash the Dress

I took Natalie and Deleise to Watkins Glen today to continue their trash-the-dress photo shoot.  Before getting there, we stopped at Sauders to do a little shopping, and then the Peter Whitmer Farm (because Deleise had never been there.)

Elder and Sister Hales were working at the Whitmer Visitor’s Center.  It was nice having them as our tour guides.

From there we headed south to Watkins Glen.  Along the way we ran into a couple of old abandoned Triumph TR-4s in a field.  We, of course, had to stop and take pictures there.  We also ran in to a few places that had walls of character.

At Watkins Glen, the girls put on their dresses.  As they hiked the canyon, they got all sorts of comments.  The little kids all said they were “princesses”.  We ran into some Asian tourists who took more pictures of the girls than they did the waterfalls.  So, we stopped and posed for them.

It was a fun day, but in the end, the girls were worn out.

Pretty funny when 20-something kids can’t keep up with a 53-year-old man.

Pictures to follow… I’m beat.


Update:  Here are some photos…

Natalie (aka PHAT)

Leisi Lou (Deleise)

Amish Country

(You can’t tell well from this photo, but there are several Amish men loading a cart in the background.)