Two weeks ago, my son and I visited Grand Teton National Park. On our drive to Yellowstone National Park, we drove through Teton Pass; Jackson (Hole), Wyoming, and Grand Teton National Park.
The views at all of these locations were beautiful and stunning! I wish we could’ve spent more time at Grand Teton – we had such a pleasant, if brief, visit there!
In Jackson, we stopped at the National Park Visitor Center to shop for souvenirs and T-shirts, and found the staff there to be very pleasant and professional. Bob assisted me with my purchases.
Bob’s professionalism and courtesy was of the quality to make customers such as myself want to come back. Thank you, Bob, for valuing my visit and my interest in these beautiful national parks!
Nearly each day during the past four weeks here, outside of Atlanta, Georgia, the sweltering summer sun has been searing at between 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. We enjoyed a cool spring that lasted well into the latter part of May, but are definitely in the midst of the heat of summer now.
Typically, by 10:30 AM, the temperature on our enclosed porch – in which all windows and doors are open – has reached between 80 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. That is already too uncomfortable to sit and enjoy for too long. Most days, the Georgia air is so hot and humid that one does not even have to do anything but sit and breathe, and the sweat covers the skin like a wet film.
Thankfully, there is a public pool near my home that my son and I have frequented every summer since we moved here. While swimming and being in the water is refreshing, on some days, it still feels as warm as bath water. At least the pool provides some relief to the unforgiving heat because it is just unhealthy to be in it for very long during the day.
So, while I love all of the sunny days that are experienced in Georgia, I definitely dislike the hot, humid heat that makes being outside unpleasant. In the 15 years that I’ve lived here, this summer has definitely been the hottest and most unbearable. I fear that summer temperatures will only continue to rise in years to come, what with the out-of-control global warming that is harming our earth. It’s not getting any better for any of us.
My son with an alpaca at VBS, Summer 2015
Vacation Bible Schools in my area are in full swing during this time of the year! School is out, summer has (definitely) arrived (it is sooo hot!), and VBS is a popular activity for kids and youth during summer vacation.
My son with a donkey at VBS, Summer 2015
Both my son and I have participated in VBS experiences in our area during the past 4 out of 5 years. This year, my son had the opportunity to be a leader for younger participants, and he did a great job.
My son with a rabbit at VBS, Summer 2015
On the last day of VBS at St. John Neumann Church in Lilburn, Georgia this year, a petting zoo was included for the kids so they could enjoy even more of God’s wonderful works.
VBS is a great opportunity for children, youth, and adults to get closer to God, learn more about God’s teachings, and invest in the church community.
My Son Enjoying a Summer Swimming Lesson, Briscoe Park, Snellville, Georgia, July 2013
For the past five years, my son has taken Summer swimming lessons at Snellville’s Briscoe Park. For four of those five years, the area business, Positively Pools, has been contracted to provide life guards, swimming instructors, supervisors, and maintenance for the pool. It is my absolute pleasure to share the overall wonderful experiences my son has had in taking swimming lessons, as well as in swimming recreationally at the pool.
I would like to take this time, therefore, to thank the managers and staff of Briscoe Park, as well as the employees of Positively Pools for consistently providing my family with such outstanding experiences with swimming at Briscoe Park. Folks such as Justin, Stephen, Amber, Gabby, Deluir, Gabby, and so many others have repeatedly evidenced their exceptional professionalism, customer service, courtesy, and expertise to us.
Thank you, everyone, for all of your hard work, commitment, and dedication to consistently doing the best of your ability in being flexible, open-minded, professional, courteous, and dedicated. It is folks like you who help make swimming an enjoyable and safe experience for everyone – and that’s how it should be. Keep up the great work!