Right now I am sitting in the parking lot of a rest stop on the West Virginia turnpike writing while Maj. Behr takes a nap. The HEAV conference was awesome. We had a blast there. Thank you for all you did to prepare for it. We worked with some really awesome people there. Most of the time we were checking to make sure people had the correct name tags to get in the exhibit hall and in the children’s program. At the children’s program we had to check each child’s name tag with a ticket that their parent would have to make sure that they matched and ask them if that was their parents or not. We also did three different color guards at different times and played the big bad guy that wouldn’t let you into the ballroom early for the graduation. And then at the rare times we weren’t doing the above mentioned task or making “patrols” we would be at the ALERT booth.
Last night (Saturday) we loaded all the exhibitors up and the HEAV truck and then unloaded the HEAV truck back at the office. By that time it was 11:30pm. Maj. Behr had elected not to go to the HEAV staff pizza party which they had invited us to so we stopped by McDonalds on the way back to the Julian’s. By the time we got home, ate, and cleaned up it was 1:00 am. We got up at 6:00 packed, cleaned out and loaded the van, had breakfast, and were on the road by 7:25. So far the trip has been pretty good. I am in the front keeping Maj. Behr company/awake while the rest of the guys are each on their own bench sleeping. Maj. Behr and I just talked and listened to different sermons and teachings on the radio.
Today (Sunday) we made good time stopping only three times. Once for fuel right at the beginning, once about 11am so Maj. Behr could sleep for 30 min. and once for fuel and lunch to go about 2pm. We arrived at the Reckners about 7pm. When we got there Bryce took us on a tour of the house and property. They have a really nice house and barns. Mrs. Reckner made a delicious meal for us. Then we went out front and shot Tyler’s new civil war era musket and shot some skeet with Bryce’s shotgun. Then we had apple dumplings, looked at pictures, and talked. Tyler, Bryce, Lyndsae, and I stayed up talking till 1:30am. We had so much fun just catching up and sharing what the Lord had been doing in our lives.
This morning (Monday) Mr. Reckner woke us up at 5:15am and we were headed on our way home by 6am. We should get back to Big Sandy between 4-5 tonight. It will be nice to get back but the past three weeks have been so much fun and I have learned so much. I only wish we could have stayed at the Reckners longer.
Well, we made it back to ALERT at about 5:15 safe and sound.