Monday, September 30, 2013

Niagara Falls Round 3

July 2013 I went to Niagara Falls for the 3rd time.

The first time I went with my sister and her hubby for vacation...that was back in 2006.  We went to Canada for a few days and I got to enjoy Niagara Falls from the more beautiful side!  We had so much fun!

The second time I went with the Bible Quiz Team in 2009 when Nationals was in Rochester, NY.  This was my first time to go to Niagara with David, and my first time to go on the was a lot of fun!  Man-o-man, there is a lot of water pressure coming off of those falls!

This summer we went again with the Bible Quiz Team because Nationals were in Rochester.  We chose to go on the decks again, instead of the Maid of the Mist.  I really like the decks better than the Maid of the was a lot of fun!

Me at Niagara Falls (Canada) 2006

Niagara Falls 2009
Pictured L-R:  David, Heather, Adam, David

Our group:  Wendell, David, Hannah, Heather, Amanda, Jonathan, David

Friday, September 13, 2013

Home of the Garbage Plate

As I mentioned in a previous post, this year we went to Rochester, NY for Bible Quiz Nationals 2013!  We had such a great time!  Since we now have a larger group of young(er) adults, we decided to sneak away one early evening to go to Nick Tahoe's and get a garbage plate! 

Ladies and Gentlemen:  this thing is awesome!  I am so thankful for the Roberts Admissions Director for sharing this little piece of New York with us.

Here is our Garbage Plate Experience:

Friends. :)
I know it looks disgusting, but It. Was. Wonderful.

This is the most sketchy-looking eating establishment.

Bible Quiz Nationals - Rochester, NY

The theme for the week:  Pursue
As you know, every year we travel with the Vincennes FM Bible Quiz Team to Nationals every year.  This year nationals took place at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY.  We had a great week at nationals this year, watched lots of quizzing, played lots of scum (a card fun), and even ate a garbage plate!

It is always encouraging to see and hear so many youth memorizing the Bible!  I know not all of them are making the best decisions, but the Word of God is in them, and no one can take that from them!

Hannah, Me, Amanda ready to play SCUM!
One of the things I love most about nationals is the time we get to spend with our friends and David's family!  This year, Amanda came too! (she is Jonathan's girlfriend) AND this is the first nationals that the Swanks have been married!  I LOVE having the girls around!  Before last year, I was the only older girl (besides the actual adults)!  These girls are such a great added blessing to my week!
Amanda and I at Lake Erie 2013

We also snuck away one evening to get a Garbage Plate!  Oh my!  I will post about this later!  YUM!

On the way to Rochester, we stopped at Lake Erie!  The Great Lakes are named appropriately, because they are HUGE!  It is so crazy to not be able to see the other side of a lake!

Niagara Falls 2013
On the way home from Rochester, we stopped at Niagara Falls.  I have now been there 3 times. (Once, I stayed in Canada with my sister and brother-in-law...and now twice with the Bible Quiz Group)  We did the Cave of the Winds the last two times that we have visited.  I like it WAY better than the Maid of the Mist!

Overall, it was a great week...exhausting, but still great!

David and I wearing our OCU shirts, as usual!