Fish Balls

It was fun feeding the carps at a local Marina in Kansas City, Missouri!
Carps are highly sought after in many countries as sport fish and as food.
In America, however, they are considered to be trash fish. Not many anglers target them, and even fewer people eat them.
Millions of tons of protein lie just below the surface all over the Land of Plenty, yet there is a world hunger problem, even within America itself. Why hasn’t a food company or an entrepreneur figured out how to turn them into gourmet food? I am sure they are more nutritious than most processed food in store freezers, and it can’t too tough to figure out how to make ’em tasty into fish balls. Yum!

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Hail from Hell

We already faced a pretty intense hail storm on our way to the Grand Canyon National Park last week. It happened again today in Colorado, but much worse! The projectiles were the size of golf balls! The force was so great that our rental car’s rear window shattered. The side mirrors were also blown apart, and yes, the dents – dozens of them all over the car. The windshield, although spiderwebbed, held. There was just enough clear part in the front of the driver’s seat for me to see out, enabling us to drive all night to Kansas City. It was the most intense and the scariest hail storm we have ever come across!

 

Connecting in the Real World

In this high-tech digital era, we have never been more connected, yet we aren’t. Text/instant messaging replaced most conversations, and many of us rather fiddle with our smartphones than pay attention to our immediate surroundings, rarely looking up to see what beauty, especially people, surrounds us.
We are created to connect with God and with others. We try our best not to. It’s just easier, riskfree, yet empty.
Our family decided to stay with a Couchsulfing.com host when visiting the Nevada/Arizona area for a few days. It saved us money, but more importantly, it connected us with locals.
Sam and Rebekah have been wonderful hosts. We came together as strangers but left as lifetime friends. Couchsurfing isn’t for everyone, but the point of this post is about taking risks, being real. We need to cut back on the digital world, interacting with one another face-to-face, strangers or not, organically, more.

Arches National Park

Waiting for the sun to rise, under the stars, at the Arches National Park, Utah. The silence deafening with thick darkness. This is kind of place and moment when we do not question God.

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After the sunrise..

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Four Corners

Can a family of four stand on four different states at the same time holding hands?
Yup, we had to do the typical tourist thing at the Four Corners Monument where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona merge at a single point!

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Water Bottles on Highway 68

A local resident near Bullhead City leaves hundreds of water jugs along Arizona Highway 68, every couple hundred yards for many miles, during the heat of the summer, for stranded motorists. Temperatures reaching over 100 degrees is a norm at this part of Arizona.
I keep thinking that the human race is becoming more selfish every day, but an act like this makes me think otherwise.

http://www.mohavedailynews.com/news/a-splash-of-kindness-bhc-man-leaves-water-along-highway/article_6f19ad0e-17ea-11e5-9f9d-ef2797b6bb95.html

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Bullhead City, Arizona

We have been staying at Bullhead City for the last couple of days, thanks to a wonderful Couchsurfing host couple Samuel and Rebekah.
It is known as one the hottest habitable cities in Arizona, with the temperature scorching at 110 degrees today, and 117 within a few days!
It didn’t’ deter us from visiting its nearby city, Oatman, where the wild donkeys roam its streets. People there, naturally, are super polite since nobody ever yells, “Get your ass off the road!” 🙂

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Grand Canyon

We made a mistake of thinking that Grand Canyon West Rim, the place with glass skywalk, was a national park. Nope, the whole “park” is privately owned and operated by the Hualapai American Indians. In other words, it is profit driven. There is nothing wrong with making money providing what people want, but this place cannibalizes on tourists’ ignorance.
You have no choice but to purchase one of the tour packages to see anything, with the most inexpensive one costing $50 per person just for a bus ride from the parking lot to a few viewing points. Walking on the glass balcony costs another $30 and no cameras are allowed.
It wasn’t necessarily the money, but the principle – I wasn’t going to have any of it.
We left and drove to the “real” national park 3.5 hours away, and boy, were we glad! After pushing through the pretty-scary hail storm, we were captivated by one of the greatest wonders in America. Wow! It definitely was worth the drive!

Hoover Dam

The dam wasn’t as big as what I have seen in the movies. I then realized that we never got to see the other side!

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