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Rachel, the glutton for punishment that she is, didn't have enough of Mormonistan the first time around. So she came back! Here Anna and Rachel pose at the airport.

Jordy and Rachel pose at the airport. Jordy is wearing a new shirt made out of very old fabric -- we've had that fabric waiting to be made into a shirt for three years. Good things come to those who wait!

Once we got her back in Utah... we took her to Idaho.

"Well, the state looks just like the sign. Let's go home."

We took Rachel over the hill to Bear Lake. It was almost 100 degrees in Logan. At the lake it was 70 and raining. It was wonderful.

And no self-respecting person goes to bear lake without getting a raspberry milkshake. Our usual haunt, Le Beau's was closed (it being Sunday and all), so we scurried across the street to the Quick 'n' Tasty which was, true to its name, quick and tasty. But we still like Le Beau's better.

Jordy and Rachel pose in front of the Guns'n'Ammo store. Yes, you're at Bear Lake, but you're still in Utah.

Rachel came with us to the farmer's market!

Jordy waits to get a freshly squeezed strawberry lemonade.

Farmer's Market booty: Berries of the GODS.

Anna and Rachel display their take -- Anna got that gorgeous bouquet of snap dragons (for a song!), bread, tomatoes, green beans, and blackberries. Rachel has goat's milk lotion and soap. Oh, and the aforementioned strawberry lemonade.

Angie's for breakfast. It was all about the honey butter and biscuits.

"Do you think her face will stay like that?"

"I don't know. Just keep smiling."

Angie's, raspberry shakes.... and now AGGIE ICE CREAM! It was a decadent weekend!

Rachel ended up buying the same pajamas as Anna. Here they pose with Shurik, who didn't get any pajamas. Poor Shurik.

Go towards the light, Rachel!!

Rachel and Anna bought fabric so Anna could make some clothes for Rachel. Here Rachel poses among the lengths of drying fabric.

After such a packed, hectic weekend, Rachel laid down for some well deserved rest.

Carnitas. Red Iguana. Salt Lake City. Oh Dear God.

It was sooooo good!!!!!!

Jordy and Anna discovered this gorgeous spot on the Logan River on the drive back from Bear Lake. It's down a single track dirt road that ends in a private and secluded beach. We call it our secret slug spot.

Anna reclines on a rock in the river, which is freezing cold and feels amazing when the air temp hovers around triple digits. We later came back with our swim suits and sat in the river which is only four feet deep in the middle.

"I don't want to get out!"

Anna's cousin, Karissa, was kind enough to send Shurik a care package full of toys and treats. Here he plays with his new blue mouse.

And here he plays with his bouncy rat (Jordy calls it a hedgehog) on a string. It's attached to the door jamb and drives him crazy.

CAUTION: Do not feed the cat Mountain Dew Live wire.

"W-w-what are y-y-you looking a-at?"

"I caught it, now I can devour it!"

We had a bit of excitement in all the heat: a fire sprung up in Green Canyon. Fortunately it wasn't terribly severe and was well under control the following day.


More smoke. And a firefighting airplane!



Jordy and Anna had to clean out their offices in preparation for moving to new offices. It was a very bittersweet thing to do. On one hand, going from this picture to this one shows what we've done. But we know we're moving to a better office and a whole new teaching experience.

Anna, too, cleaned her desk. Remember what it looked like? Now it's empty waiting for a new, fresh, naive, excited graduate instructor. Suckers!

WALL OF TOMATOES. And they're all coming ripe at the same time.

We'll leave you with a sweet shot of Anna's sweet peas.

We'll be back in September with pictures of our California trip. Happy August, and stay safe (and cool)!