Friday, July 4, 2008

God Bless America

"The signers of the Declaration of Independence and the framers of the Constitution were inspired from on high to do that work."--Brigham Young

Recently Martina Navratilova was a guest on the Oprah show. During the interview, Martina's defection from Czechoslovakia was discussed. Her comment was (and we're paraphrasing) that she blamed the communists for all the hardships suffered by her family. On this Independence Day we're grateful for our freedoms: freedom to worship, freedom to pursue happiness, and even the freedom to disagree with our government, to name just a few. In this election year, we hope that all Americans will carefully choose candidates who will respect and value those freedoms that were by Divine inspiration written in to the Constitution. Our consciences should dictate how we will personally distribute for the common good. We as private citizens have the right and responsibility to decide how we will donate our time and substance to help those who are truly in need. The fact of the matter is that government controlled distribution is socialism at best and communism at worst.

On the lighter side...

Is it wrong to swear when you're driving? We're just asking...

Why do semi trucks pass other semi trucks on a hill when you just picked up your speed enough to get up the hill?

Notes to self:

Buy a bigger car before next road trip as well as a less bossy Garmin that doesn't get stressed so easily.

Sisters' log - Day 2

We left our home in Southern Utah before the town parade started. We didn't want to get caught in that mess--it would have put us behind ten minutes. This is the view from our front window. Yes we and our siblings are very fortunate to have this home.

We headed up I-15 to Beaver, where we gassed up the car to the tune of $4.64 per gallon, and then drove up to I-70 to head across Utah.

Green River, Utah -- What happened? According to the Internet, it has a thriving business community with restaurants and mouth-watering menus. What we found at Green River instead were tumbleweeds, closed down buildings with broken windows, and hotels that we wouldn't park our car in front of let alone spend the night. Fortunately we weren't planning to spend the night in Green River, but we were planning to eat lunch there. Our food plan for this trip was to dine only at restaurants that were unique to the area and no chains. We ate at Arby's. That was the best choice--we give the bathrooms in the Green River Arby's a D- and that's being kind.

That was the only damper on today's travels. We drove through the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Colorado and got a Rocky Mountain high. We took this picture of the mountains. Global warming alert: yes that's snow on July 4th. Somebody call Al Gore.

A huge rave for the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. It's 3.5 miles from the Denver LDS temple. Good price, good part of town, very nice front desk lady, microwave and fridge in room, and very clean.

Another huge shout out to Maggie Moo's ice cream parlor. It is at least as good as Cold Stone--dare we say better? Edie had red velvet ice cream, Sandy had what she thinks is the equivalent to Sweet Cream at Cold Stone, but she can't remember the name of her selection--something white.

Also a shout out to Kobe and Isaiah. Isaiah--you wanted to know how many states (and the names of each one) that we would be traveling through. Today we were in Utah and Colorado for a total of two states. Ask your mom or dad to show you a map of the United States and you can keep track.

We're Edie and Sandy and we approve this message--stay tuned...


Anonymous said...

Hi Gals...great pictures...Isaiah says he knows where those states are..but do you want to know their capitals??? State flower, state bird, how about when they entered the union..I'm sure Isaiah knows all that stuff too :)

Anonymous said...

I don't want to always have to correct your blog, but I have found another error. You say that you have only been through 2 states, when in fact on the first day of your journey the 2 of you travelled through the state of Arizona as well. As insignificant as it may seem, the gorge is actually Arizona land, and as an uncle of the intelectual child that is known as Isaiah, I know that it would matter to him.

Gladys said...

Cool blog, sisters! I'm there with you in spirit.

Kellie said...

What the heck are you two doing watching Oprah? : )