What grounds a person to a certain area is a personal reason or choice which must be stronger than any feeling of wanting to leave because it is too hot. We are visitors to this area and as such, it is easy for us to say we are done with the heat. For many, that is not an option. The kids and I are adjusting to the intensity of it and you figure out when to do certain things. Any physical activity we try to do in the morning...it's not much cooler, but the sun is not beating down on you. We found an area in the lake that is actually cooler than 90 degrees...this is not a joke, the lake is heated by the power plant.
In a way we are learning to adapt to our environment. When the sweat is rolling down my face I push through it and find something to take my mind off of the intensity of it all. I wonder how anything stays green here. Tatum is very beautiful and full of pine trees, very tall trees in fact. I have missed the trees so much. Utah is beautiful but they cannot compete with the tree's in other places. I have always loved trees and their beauty.
|Isabella on her raft..the turtle popped within 5 minutes of her having it. Bummer!|
Our other difficulty has been the language. You would think that we were in a different country. We had a family staying next door and they needed our help with a tent. I swear that what they were speaking was not English, but it was. The accent is so strong down here. If I have to say "huh?" more than three times, I feel so dumb. I am not sure if it's the Texan mixed with Cajun...or the fact that some of their teeth are missing. This is not meant to be a joke, the people down here are very poor and lots of them do not have teeth. The guy with the tent, was heading to Tyler,TX to try out for American Idol. He was beside himself. To the people in this part of the country it must seem like a golden opportunity for them to try and make it in Hollywood.
We are having the best experience and meeting the most interesting people. This week we are in the park by ourselves and so far from any big city. This week we are trying to figure out where we should go next. Cory may be working from home and we have a window of opportunity to travel for a week. We are thinking South Padre Island or New Orleans, LA. We probably won't make any decision until Thursday, and we will leave on Friday. The unknown is part of what makes this trip so fun.
|Rye and Ann at the lake, we are about a 100 feet from this area.|