|BYU hired a bus for two days to take us to Valley Forge and to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Al was our bus driver and he took us everywhere.|
|We had a horrible snow storm the worst of the winter the day before. It was very cold on Friday and the snow was still on the trees making the drive a little dangerous but the it was a winter wonderland.|
|We stayed over night at the Freedom Foundation. They also had a huge storm hit and it stopped us from visiting some of the sites because they were not dug out. Valley Forge is a National Park with forest rangers running the park.|
|The girl in the white coat, Rachel, before she broke her back sledding. That is her devoted roommate Kim.|
|Murray our tour guide through the park. He has been a history teacher for 38 years. He was very interesting to listen to and he knew his history.|
|Leaving the grounds of the Freedom Foundation.They have this cute little church and a placket talking about the freedoms this country offers.|
|Al our bus driver.|
|They had a lot of snow.|
|The rolling hills and valleys where so beautiful.|
|A lonely cannon,.|
A statue honor Lafayette from France who was a commander in the army. He never took pay or lived in the commanders housing.
I loved this covered bridge in the Nation Park and the beautiful winter scene.
This was a home in the area that they took over. This is where general Washington lived and commanded the armies from this home. It is not a replica. This was equal to the Pentagon today. All war strategy were made in this home. Murray shared with us some of the miracles that occurred to keep this nation from falling to England.
The Washington Memorial Chapel. It is located in Valley Forge. It was impressive as it celebrated the original thirteen colonies and Washington.
On the way back to the Freedom Foundation the clouds looked like they had been painted in.
He taught our interns how to fire a cannon. They could fire a cannon if they were good in 10 seconds and it took a soldier 20 seconds to load a gun. Cannon were a big fighting tool.
The students had so much fun.
The next morning I left the freedom foundation to go with one of our interns to be with Rachel in the hospital. As I left I saw this statue of some of our founding fathers praying. We watched on the bus coming to Valley Forge the movie A More Perfect Union. It is a movie about the signing and writing of the Constitution of the United States.
I spent all day Saturday in the hospital. Elder Anthony went with the rest of the group to Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia temple in the back ground being built.
Ante room on the second floor of Independence Hall.
We were grateful today to be able to sleep in. Because it was daily light savings time we ended up going to bed at 12:00 and we slept in until 9:00. We really needed the sleep. Tonight we drove over to the temple. Our Stake center is located right next to the temple. Our Stake center is 45 to 60 minutes away. We had a special stake missionary meeting with the full time missionaries and the stake missionaries. It was a great meeting I learned so much. We drove a couple of the stake missionaries from the Barlow over and back.