To help out the Cub Scout group, Angela volunteered to lead a meeting. So she coordinated a tour of the fire department. It was neat to learn about the training and service that they provide to our community.
Looking at the jaws of life (above).
The kids were captivated by the large tires of this military Deuce-and-a-Half converter to a brush fire truck.
Every Saturday during the summer, Cedar Breaks National Monument hosts as Star Gazing Party. The night sky is so incredible by our house that we were eager to see how much better it would be far away from city lights and at 10000' elevation.
We arrived to find that is was cold -- colder than we had anticipated -- so our jackets were not quite up to the job. Of course, Carson wore shorts and didn't complain at all about the cold.
Lightning had struck the forest about a week ago and it has been burning since. They don't intervene in these types of fires unless they pose a threat to buildings or people.
Park rangers lead a brief discussion about the moon and had several telescopes setup to view different sights.
Overall, the noise of all of the people detracted from the experience (especially some really loud kids that were there) and the moon was so bright that it make it more difficult to see.
Carson has enjoyed a little electric dirt bike that we bought. He goes exploring the trails near our house regularly.
We just received a larger 48v 1800W motor for it, that we will connect to a better motor controller and 52V lithium ion batteries (from our lawn mower), that should drastically improve its performance with him on it. We're still waiting on a few parts to arrive before upgrading it.
As we were moving to Cedar City, we saw the Creamery in Beaver UT. It sounded really good and we had heard good things about it, so we finally went.
As we pulled in, the parking lot was full of cars. The shop was just as crowded. I had expected them to be making cheese or cream related products, but it just looked like they were a retail store. They had a small exhibit on how cheese is made, but is wasn't functional and the kids didn't find it entertaining.
Instead of waiting in the long lines for overpriced food and ice cream that wasn't even made there, we went elsewhere.
Tucker saw that there was a Pokemon Trade and Play event at GameStop. So we decided to go. As we walked in, Tucker announced to the employee that we were there for the event. Looking around, we saw no one.
Surprised, the employee said, "Wow! Someone came in!". He went into the back and got out an unopened box of supplies for the event. They had free trading cards, little plastic tokens, and coloring sheets. The store also had albums of cards that you could trade for.
We were the only people that had come in to the Cedar City store for the event this time (and apparently, the last time the event was held too).
The employee happily gave the kids all of the cards they wanted and let them trade with the store cards as much as they wanted.
The kids ended up having a good time, despite not seeing any other kids.