Sunday, July 10, 2011

New York Road Trip

In a matter of 5 hours we left VA, entered MD, PA and finally hit NY stopping in Binghamton to visit Aunt Lisa!

 We hung out at Lisa's Thursday evening, seeing a movie, going to dinner and being treated to Italian Ice and Custard!
 The next morning we left for Fayette, the home of the Whitmer Farm, where Joseph Smith finished translating the plates and the church was officially established.
 We caught some brotherly love!
 These two sure love each other!
 And these two do too!
 Our next stop was the Hill Cumorah, where we climbed to the top of the hill where the plates were hidden.
 Below the hill, the pageant takes place.
 When we came 8 years ago, we were too late and were unable to climb to the top of the hill.  So happy we had the chance this go around.
 Here we are in the sacred grove. The place where our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph.  The kids look very excited...remember...we had a lot of car time...squished together.
 We "happied" up for this shot.  The grove was truly amazing and such a peaceful place.
 That night we attended the pageant.  Thankfully both Tate and Ashton fell asleep so it was completely enjoyable.  Garth was consistently giggling at the HUGE arm movements made by the actors so the many people in the audience could tell who was talking. 

We loved when Christ came down off the hill from the skies as he appeared to the people.
 The next day we headed to Niagara Falls.  We were told that the "Canadian" side was much more desirable but with no passports we had to simply gawk at the other side. The American side was rather disgusting and run down.

Here is the Canadian/American border.

 The kids were thrilled to put on their rain ponchos for the Maid of the Mist ride...that was until we all started sweating profusely.

The falls were breathtaking.

 We all got wet.

 We all loved the ride!
 The kids enjoyed goofing around on the rocks along side the falls. Luckily no one fell in...just kidding...we weren't even close.

What an amazing trip!

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