Towaoc Mission Adventure 2011—Daily Journal

Day 2, Wednesday, July 20th

Mission Trip to Towaoc, CO
Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation
July 19—July 31, 2011

Latest update: 11/19/2011.

Team Members

From Jamestown UMC: Paul Rogers, Teresa Rogers, Jim Starkey, Connie Starkey, Steve Mann, Roberta Mann, Gary Buss, Becky Buss, Randy Beehler, Debra Beehler, Keith Berg, Lana Berg, LeRoy Schrock, Micah Rogers, Mariah Rogers, Caitlyn Wenger, Sarah Miller, Liz Starr, Augie Farwig and Maggie Farwig.

From Sunnycrest UMC in Marion, IN: Jack Wood, Heather Huston, Aubry Richards, Hayli Parker.

From Trinity UMC in Kendallville, IN: Matt Pattison


Day 2, Wednesday, July 20th

The Mission began with an early departure from JUMC at 4:00 am.
Vans and truck were packed & Mission Team was ready to go, to be watched over by our Heavenly Father.

Mission Team Packed and ready at 4:00 am

The trip started out well but quickly turned questionable. Off to the north, as we drove just below Lake Michigan, we could see a pretty good lightening storm heading our way.  A quick look at the weather radar showed the storm heading SE and was currently over the southern tip of the lake.  Fortunately we were far enough along that we missed the severe part of the storm and only encountered some moderate rain.

Our first stop was for breakfast in Joilet, IL.  The rest of the trip across Illinois and part of Iowa was used by most to catch up on some sleep.  The youth had spent the night at the church and reportedly did not go to sleep at all.  A tired bunch they were.

As daylight broke over Iowa, there was not a lot to see except the rolling hills, mile after mile.  Corn fields and soybean fields were also the norm for most of this part of the trip.

We caught a glimpse of a steel sculpture as we neared Council Bluff, IA.  As we entered Nebraska, we found more rolling hills with more corn and soy bean fields for miles and miles.

Steel Sculpture

The day was a long one, beginning at the church at 4:00 am and arriving in York, Nebraska more than 12 hours later.  A thunder storm during the night made sleeping difficult for some.
York had a unique concept for their water tower.  Looked almost like a real hot air balloon.

York, NE Water Tower Painted as a Hot Air Balloon

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