Friday, July 18, 2014

Zone Conference in Salzburg

 Ok... so on the morning of Tues. July 8th at about 6:50 our neighbor rang our bell to tell us that our mission car had been hit just a few minutes before. Oh great! We were leaving at 7am to pick up the Sister Missionaries and drive the 3 hours to Salzburg for our special conference with 2 Zones. Our new Mission President wanted to meet with us all, introduce his family, instruct us, and have short interviews with each pair of missionaries. So here were were with a kaput car. What to do?  Prayers, police, phone calls...
 You can see the culprit's car that was undrivable. Apparently the 19 yr.old male made the turn too fast and slid into our parked car. Police were great, our neighbor was great, (he even changed our tire for us) the car was drivable and we were blessed.  But when we picked up the sisters, the extra weight was not good so we ended up renting a car. With all this happening, it actually worked out pretty smoothly and we were only an hour late for the Conference. But what a morning! More experiences to add to our list.
 What a beautiful drive to Salzburg. We went a different way this time to see other scenery.

 Our new President Brian Kohler and his great family. 
 We were so impressed with this wonderful  family. President and sister Kohler are fabulous. Erica is 14 and Tanner is nearly 17. They left their home in Provo to serve here. They also have an older daughter serving her mission in Japan. 
 A picture with the Parkers who are the senior couple in Vienna. they are from Alpine, Ut.
 Our District.
 On the drive back, we passed this sign indicating that we are entering into our Providence (or county). Steiermark is where we live and Graz is the capital. We love the green heart for the heart of Austria!
 We stopped here at this landmark that honors  the Archduke of Austria, the Styrian Prince. This was a fun place to purchase some bakery treats and walk around a bit. The next 7 pics are from what we saw.
 Interesting place to drive through to the few houses inside.

 This is a look from the other side. Let's hope it never gets blocked. 
It would be fun to stay here at this Guest house. 
 This is a work house with all kinds of tools mounted on the front as decoration. Interesting concept.
Another sign of the Styrian Panther. The Styrish people are very proud of him.
 Another view of the Guest House and our rental car.
 We had to get a double take of this hotel as we were on the road again. Too expensive for our wallet for sure but great for a pic.
Lovely countryside from the car. T'schuss!!


Diane Worthen said...

I love checking in to see how you guys are doing! I am still praying that Dane gets to serve in Graz with you! What a great adventure you are having! Tell Rick hello! Can't wait to visit with you when you get home!

Pam said...

Some more great pictures!! John is closing the Hair Station on August 30 so maybe I can have him decorate our house with his tools! HaHa

Pam said...

Some more great pictures!! John is closing the Hair Station on August 30 so maybe I can have him decorate our house with his tools! HaHa

The Tews said...

You are so consistent at posting, I love it! So great to "see" what you are doing and read about your adventures.
What an ordeal with the car! Glad it wasn't too serious and I can't believe you were only an hour late. What a mess!

Megan Hansen said...

Hope that car thing worked out ok, you rebel renters ;) The Kohlers look great – like awesome peeps. Bless their kids' hearts! It'd be tough, gotta admit.

Thank you, again, for posting the sites you pass. The vistas are unreal – almost like I'd imagine in a fairy tale book. Does the air of the countryside smell as refreshing as it looks? The building. Oh, the buildings. Love 'em.