July 31, 2011

Crazy Arab Cab Drivers

Did that title get your attention?? :-)

If you happen to be in Israel  and want to visit Mount Tabor (one possible spot for the Mount of Transfiguration), you have park at the bottom of the mount and ride in taxi vans up the insane switchbacks. The Arabs in the village at the base of the mountain control the road up and you have to ride in their taxis....And New York cabbies ain't got nothin' on these guys. 

The switchbacks are steep and sharp and the drive is hair-raising. The drivers FLY up and down this road. I mean I know they do this 50 times a day, every day, but still, common sense should tell you to take the corners a bit more slowly. 

The reason this is such a holy mountain is that everyone going up or down it so praying for all their worth. 
Once we disembarked at the top...and started breathing again...we walked up a beautiful tree-lined road to the Church of the Transfiguration. It was built in 1919 on the peak of Mount Tabor. 
The church was built upon the ruins of a Byzantine church from the fifth or sixth century and a Crusader church from the 12th century. You can see ruins from both eras. 
I fell in love with the church. It is gorgeous. The artwork and architecture is breathtaking. 
 I really like the angels. I don't always like the "orthodox" style angel faces, they seem off to me, but these were just beautiful. 

The view was also awesome. We overlooked the entire Jezreel Valley. Which is supposed to be the spot of the final battle of Armageddon. And you can certainly see why when overlooking it and learning about it's past.
Mount Tabor is first mentioned in the account of Deborah in the 14th century BC. And it was been a strategic location ever since. It sits at a crossroads and whomever controls it, usually wins. 

They had several gardens where people could sit and read scriptural accounts of the area. 
I love that they called them gardens when we were basically sitting in Crusader ruins.

Mount Tabor turned out to be one of my favorite places in Israel...after we made it safely back down the mountain.

July 29, 2011

I've had a breakthrough... Unfortunately for you :-)

So I've always loved shoes...like really loved them. Like I own a couple hundred pair loved them...

Wait! I gave 40 pair away this past spring...so I'm down to a normal number now.


The "funny" thing is...I have all of those great shoes and wear the same pair of leather flip flops everyday. 

Anyone know the name of a good therapist? 

I really feel that shoes can be so fun. I love wearing funky, bright, loud, crazy shoes. I figure why not? I dress pretty conservatively so my shoes can be nutty right?

I recently started creating my own shoe creations. I was getting annoyed that the funky shoes I wanted to wear were all designer (aka crazy expensive) and I couldn't buy them. So I decided to make my own. 

The results have been...mixed...but getting better! And it's really fun. I've only glued my fingers together twice...

(Bear isn't sure about them either)

Oh, back to the breakthrough.

Someone thought a pair of shoes I made were "a bit much". And she was totally right, they have some serious muchness. I really doubt anyone else would wear them...

But as I was thinking about it and wondering how I could change them...I realized that I didn't want to change them. I loved them, so it doesn't matter if no one on this entire planet ever likes them. I like them.

So that was my breakthrough. I make weird shoes...and wear them in public. And it doesn't bother me. 

And if you like them...Sweet! I'll make you a pair!...and if you don't well that's just fine too. Not everyone can be as crazy as me :-)
(tiny cowgirl boots for my niece)
You just have to be careful about being seen with me in public :-)

Speaking of creeping...

Or blog stalking ;-)

I have had 12 post views today and 27 yesterday...yet not one comment.

So sad...

July 28, 2011

Creeping And Zipping

On Monday a friend of mine that works at the Heber Valley Historic Railroad invited Kimberly (coworker) and I to do a test run of their new Heber Creeper/Zipline adventure....tuesday. Very last minute. Luckily we have a great boss who let us go on a field trip. 

We had a blast. 

The train ride was fun, it's a slow train, but entertaining. I love trains so I really enjoy the old timey feeling you get in these old cars.

About halfway through the ride, we were held up. We heard gun shots and the train ground to a halt. Bandits jumped aboard and demanded all of our money and valuables. It was very funny.

We headed down into Provo Canyon and the ride was beautiful. It is so green this year!

(I don't know what this means...but i thought it looked cool. It was scratched right into the wall)

They have a really fun concessions car but we got great boxed lunches included with the trip. 

(don't worry, i didn't eat the bread, just posing. It looked amazing though)

The train stopped and let us disembark at the top of the canyon where we were met and shuttled to the zipline. The zip was run by MAX Zipline and they were great. Check them out, you won't be sorry. 

They had three lines open that day but will have five open soon and hope to have many more in the future. I was nervous, i don't like heights. I also dislike putting on climbing harnesses that would give Kate Moss a muffin top.  Seriously. Those things are NOT flattering. I asked if I could forgo the harness and just hang on tight...they said no.

And they had to find a bigger helmet for me. I'm officially a Hobbit. Short, round, huge head and huge feet. It's amazing to me that the men aren't just lining up ;-)

The guides were very funny while still inspiring confidence. And the zips were gorgeous. You fly just above the trees and get a spectacular view of the river and canyon. 

Please take notice of my slippers (and not my squished butt)...So you have to wear closed-toe shoes...which i forgot. I had on sandals. BUT i had slippers in the truck. On they went. They actually had better traction than I thought. I hiked a ways in them and was totally fine. It's the huge Hobbit feet...very stable. 

At the bottom we were picked up by a van from the railroad and shuttled back to the station. 

We had so much fun and I would recommend this adventure to anyone looking for excitement and a new view of the beautiful Heber Valley and Provo Canyon.