Last week in middle Pennsylvania, I spent a day with my nephew Kyle, a college music student. It was an honor, since its not often I get time with my family out on the other coast. Part of our day included a drive to Gettysburg, a 30 minute jaunt from where were at the time. I am a sucker for history, so this addition on the itinerary was a no-brainer. We could have watched a movie like “Hangover Part 3” but wiser thinking ruled the day. The perfect weather also proved an outside activity a logical choice. (Yes, I did see Star Trek twice on this very trip.).
Now into week five of our family’s new adventure I am pretty busy the next three weeks or so! I am amazed at how many local leaders and friends from all over the place have been an encouragement to me and my family. As the Kirkpatrick clan is praying about our next step for employment or ministry–it is a family affair by the way–we are excited to watch God begin to unfold some things. Intersection Road Trip: Vince from Gateway Church Austin runs the Internet Campus there and he invited me to join him on a “blog tour” from Austin to Chicago. We will see or interview the likes of Jon Acuff, Pete Wilson and creative mentor and friend Randy Elrod. We end up in Chicago at the Story conference. Look for some live streaming and some great stuff! I will be guest worship leading at some very impressive ministries the next weeks as well. I’ll be leading all three services at TheMET Jones Road Campus in Houston on September 26, the three contemporary services of Rancho Community Church in Temecula on October 2-3, and all four services of Lamb’s Fellowship in Murrieta the 10-11th of October. I am working on writing for some websites and starting a business. That I will have to tell you about later. Anyway, please be praying for me this…
We are enjoying our stay in Canada. I thought a list of some favorite things might be in order, even if just to remind myself. Here is a random list of 10 COOL Canadian things in Victoria, British Columbia: Ketchup flavored Lays Potato chips and ketchup by Heinz that is made with no cane sugar which with that and whatever else they do to it makes it taste better. Currency that actually is easy to recognize and the fact that they have a $1 and $2 coin. With expenses, the exchange rate is near even right now. Parking was cheap or free most of the time or we could walk to most places. The polite Canadian border officers who when for some reason I misheard the officer’s question about “mace” (or a”BOOT” mace) led them to do a cavity search of our vehicle. The pride for their country and region of British Columbia which reminded me of Texas people when I lived there a few years ago. The museum docents where entertaining with that and their passion. Of course, I am enchanted by history and a good story. We ate it up. Moxie’s restaurant, and Swan’s Pub in Victoria were both good. One for the food and service and the other for their brew and ambience. Actually, the food was good at the latter and the brew good…
We have logged in over 1600 miles, plus a ferry ride to the island of Vancouver in British Columbia. So far, our trip has been a great time for the four of us. Victoria is simply an amazing place. Here are some bullets about our trip so far: Staying with friends and family is a huge highlight…we have not seen some of these very important people in our lives for over two years! Priceless conversations. Our new car (Nissan Pathfinder) was a good choice. Plenty of room and having more seat belts (7 total) is important–keeps us four and friends together when out on the town. Wiring an inverter to the battery to run the Xbox in the car was a massive win for my 12-year old son. Actually, when my wife was driving, playing Modern Warfare 2 with my son in the backseat rocks! It is fun to take lots of photos and have friends and family comment on them on Facebook. We wish we had more time. Anyway, I might sneak in a blog post on our way back down…or not. What is your favorite road trip experience as of late?
We spent the day today at the USS Midway museum in San Diego. Uhmm… any caption ideas for this photo?
The screen shot here is just an example of the coolness of this application for the iPhone. The Wikipedia links give information valuable to the traveler and tourist. Google Earth lets people virtually fly around a 3D view of the world made from satellite and aerial imagery mapped onto the planet’s mountains and valleys. The iPhone version reproduces this core experience, downloading imagery from Google’s servers as the perspective shifts and dotting the map with landmarks, photos, and other information. What is your favorite application for the iPhone, Treo, or G1 phone? Or what do you wish they come up with next? HT: CNET – Google Earth brings virtual tourism to the iPhone
On day five we went to the Getty Villa museum on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. What an amazing place. The artifacts were all ancient antiquities. With Greek art, of course this was a chance for sex education for our kids. Well, not intentional, but a lot of nude statues and interesting scenes on pottery. For my mom and, once again, you stalkers, here are photos.
We saw the Reagan Presidential Library (our 3rd POTUS library we have seen so far) and the Airforce One exhibit. Two things stuck out–the plane was cool and not as fancy inside as you would think (no mahogany paneling), and in the Oval Office replica a note I remember seeing as a kid on the president’s desk saying “It CAN be done.” Also, the Cold War stuff is history and my kids are learning about it. Really, those days were scary compared to today’s security threats. I loved these two pics I put up on this post: Leninade drink, and my son exploding. A much better day, with a drive down PCH to LAX where we are staying. Seeing the Getty museum today. For my mom and stalkers…picasa and facebook photos. Any of you remember the Cold War?
We are on the last legs of our 2nd 650 mile trip from Redding to Temecula. This trip was the getting the house ready to sell trip…paint, clean and sparkle. Our trip so far has had only one Monster drink, one object hit and dent the car and one stop…Santa Nella (200 miles north of LA). We simply want the endless road trip to end. Anyone recommend a good body shop in Temecula.