My dad started an LDS church history tour company (kind of on accident, actually. it's an interesting story, if anyone cares...) and he is very concerned with making the tours very affordable because he is just so passionate about LDS church history and wants everyone to be able to learn more about it! :) One of the ways his company keeps the tour's costs down is by only having volunteer tour guides- other people who are as passionate about church history as my dad.
For those of you who know about why Jay decided to become Mormon, it is heavily related to the history and Jay is very passionate and therefore knowledgable about it as well. My dad pounced and quickly asked if he would be willing to direct a tour, several summers ago, and now he usually does two every summer. Though the guides are not compensated with money, they are compensated by being allowed to bring someone along at no cost. Typically, guides bring their spouse or another family member, but Jay has never done this because we have always had little kids. (young kids + long bus rides and no playgrounds = you-know-what) However, since we've never "cashed in" in the past, we asked if we might just get plane tickets with the group and then just visit a friend of mine from college (kinda... she went to RISD, I went to Brown) who happens to live in MO, instead of tagging along on the tour. It all worked out and now, prepare yourselves for a lot of pictures.
Every day was packed with kid-filled activities, and nap-time and bed-time were for us- mostly spent sewing, organizing things, and chatting (3 of my favorite things!)
|The Frog, feeding kids|
|Ang & M|
|Peach admiring the bunnies|
|This turkey would talk back to you if you made noise at it :)|