Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Trip to Iliamna

We took a road trip across our frozen lake to go to the store in Iliamna and visit Mike & Jeannette Clark and their 5 kids.  Mike is the pastor of the church in Iliamna.
There are 18 of us piled into our mighty little truck.
We didn't get very far before we ran into a HUGE snowdrift.  It was 15 feet long by 4 feet high.  The 4 wheelers traveling that way went around it over a snowbank, unfortunaltely our truck would have sunk right into the snowbank.We figured there was no way we could shovel through all that snow but we might as well try for awhile.  The kids could expend some energy and the adults could get some exercise.The kids had a blast making like otters and sliding down the hills when it wasn't their turn to shovel.  It was a beautiful day and the snow wasn't too hard-packed and before we knew it we were through!
Right after the snow drift came "the hill."  This picture doesn't do it justice.  It is straight up!  From there on out it was a wonderfully smooth ice-packed road.
We had a lovely visit with the Clark's who didn't know we were coming until 5 minutes before we got there.  They warmly  welcomed all 18 of us and gave us hot chocolate.  We stayed a little longer than we should of and it was starting to get cold as the sun was going down.  Mike had mercy on the kids in the back of the truck.  They all piled in his SUV and stayed warm as he drove them almost to the top of "the hill".  It was a short drive across the lake from there, even so, little kids kept crawling into the cab with the adults.  By the time we got home there were 10 of us in the cab.
We've made this trip about once a year since we been here and the store in Iliamna always seems really busy.  I suppose it could have something to do with our 11 Brendemuhl's plus friends we always bring with us:)

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