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A Day Late

I wanted to post yesterday, but alas, we were traveling again…so here it is:

Happy Anniversary Pete!

The last three years have been the best of my life with you my best friend!

I love you!!

Here is a glimpse of our day, October 28, 2006. Enjoy!

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Part 2: Lexington

As promised, part two of our camping/anniversary road trip from Oklahoma back to Wisconsin the “not so direct” way. I left you at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky where we enjoyed two days and nights camping, hiking, and exploring the park. The fall colors were fabulous, and the weather sunny and warm enough to still be comfortable outside all day. On Wed. 10/21 we woke up, had breakfast and packed up the campsite, then we both ventured out on another run around the park, this time exploring the road into the park. Got back showered and jumped in the car to travel to our final destination, before WI, Lexington, KY.

I don’t know much about Lexington, but had heard it was a fun town, and was close enough to be included on our route. Research beforehand provided an inexpensive hotel that we would stay at for the next two nights as we explored the city. After arriving and checking in, we had dinner at the hotel, soup heated up in the microwave in the breakfast area…yep, that’s how we roll. Actually it was really delicious, and very affordable. We then headed out the door for some exploring.

First stop, a favorite of the University of Kentucky student body, the Common Grounds coffee shop. It was a quaint little coffee shop, in a corner building on E High Street, downtown Lexington. The owners had designed each room to be a different theme. For example, the back room for studying (tables, desks, desk chairs, etc.), the next room for hanging out (leather couches, love seats), and the front room a place for maybe meeting someone for lunch or a quick chat, (your usual cafe tables, and chairs). The coffee house was nice, and the coffee was decent, but we didn’t really find it to be anything special.

Next on the list Joseph Beth Booksellers. When we arrived it reminded us of a “nicer” Barnes & Noble. It was a really cool place, tons of books & magazines, and they even had their own cafe inside the store. After browsing for a few hours, we decided to call it a night.

The alarm went off bright and early the next morning and we ran the hotel stairs down to the workout room. To our dissapointment all the equipment was old, and neither the treadmill or elliptical machine worked. So, we headed to breakfast, filled our bellies with oatmeal, and made plans to do a run at Veterans Park followed by a few rounds of frisbee golf. We ran 4.3 miles around some of the trails, and then did about 7 holes on the frisbee golf course. Liesl is amazing, terrible at frisbee golf, but it was still fun navigating the course, through the wooded areas. It feels so good to start your day off with some good exercise.

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Pete says I throw to delicate and gracefully...I don't see it at all :)

Pete says I throw to delicate and gracefully...I don't see it at all 🙂

The course ran along side this creek, it was really pretty

The course ran along side this creek, it was really pretty

Around 11:30 we headed back to the hotel for lunch, p.b. & banana sandwiches in the room, and to clean up and get ready to head downtown Lexington.

Our first visit on our way was the the Old Kentucky Chocolates factory/shop. We took the short tour, which provided us with lots of free samples, yum!! We then purchased some goodies for our families to enjoy, and headed across the street to a natural foods store called Good Market. I (Liesl) have a closet obsession, bit of a hobby of reading and studying nutrition and whole foods, cooking with and exploring whole foods stores. So this was really fun for me, not sure if Pete was as intrigued, but he’s a good husband and went along. After skimming the shelves we drove downtown to visit the  historic Lexington Cemetery.

Standing in front of the gate and cemetary entrance

Standing in front of the gate and cemetery entrance

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Entrance

The entire cemetery was absolutely amazing! Pete & I both like cemeteries for some reason, so we spent a few hours walking around taking pictures of the gorgeous trees and some of the neat old grave stones. I don’t even think we saw a quarter of the cemetery, and when we decided to head back to our car we had a bit of a rough time finding it. 🙂 It was really a beautiful place and a must see if you are ever in Lexington.

The burial site of John Clay

The burial site of John Clay

This tree was huge! The plaque in front said that it was standing at the time of the writing of the Constitution!

This tree was huge! The plaque in front said that it was standing at the time of the writing of the Constitution!

A cool arched gravestone

A cool arched gravestone

There was some beautiful burning bush throughout the cemetary

There was some beautiful burning bush throughout the cemetery

Cool cross

Cool cross

Fall color

Fall color

Us at the cemetary

Us at the cemetery

We were starving after our long day, and had been looking forward to going out for our anniversary…our only “out to eat” meal of the trip. So we headed to the Mellow Mushroom!! It is a pizza place established by a couple of guys in the 1970s that were appealing to the college appetite of pizza & beer. I had heard good things about the place so we decided to give it a try. We ordered a salad to share for starters, it was mixed greens smothered in green olives and mushrooms!  Then came the pizza!! I let Pete pick and he ordered the Mega Veggie (which would also have been my choice) …good guy… it was covered with delicious fresh veggies, feta, and mozzerella cheese. Delicious!! We would definitely go back, and had so much fun experiencing a new restaurant.

Yeah, I was pretty excited about the pizza!

Yeah, I was pretty excited about the pizza!

About this time we headed back to the hotel to get some decent sleep, we plan to leave early in the morning to make our 9.5 hour drive back home to Wisconsin. It’s been a great trip, and I’m glad we decided to take the time to travel a bit. However, we are both looking forward to being back home and preparing over the next two months for our departure to Mexico. Thanks for praying and enjoying the journey of life with us!


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Part 1: Camping & Anniversaries

Happy Fall to everyone! Hope you are all enjoying the colors, cooler weather, apples, pumpkin, warm drinks, hayrides and all the other great traditions that come with the season.

Our fall has been spent traveling, and having new experiences. Pete spent the early part of October in Tahlequah, OK where he finished up the practical portion of his linguistics training. Iwas here in Wisconsin helping out with different church functions, and spending time with family, prayer partners, and friends. Pete and I joined each other once again in Oklahoma on October 10th and I spent the last week with the linguistics students in Tahlequah as they wrapped up their time with their language helpers and began their final analysis of Cherokee.

On October 17th we left Tahlequah to begin our long journey home. I say long because we decided to take a different route back to Wisconsin and spend some time camping and relaxing together since it will be our wedding anniversary on the 28th! Our first stop was in Springdale, AR where we got together with two of my friends for lunch. It was great seeing you John, & Ben, and meeting you Kristi!

After leaving Springdale we drove to Bull Shoals, AR and camped at Bull Shoals State Park. We rolled into the campsite around 5:30pm, and it was getting chilly fast! While Pete set up the tent I ventured through the woods to find wood to start a fire for warmth and dinner. I put together a good stack and we switched roles as I got some things out of the car for preparing dinner. I had my back turned and I heard a little voice, so I  turned around and there was a young girl standing with a “Duraflame” log in her arms. “My Daddy said to give this to you,” she said. Looking over to the campsite next to us her parents were standing around their warm fire, “thank you” I shouted, they nodded back. After cooking our dinner of lentils and sweet potatoes over the fire we joined our campground neighbors, Steve & Liz around their fire and talked late into the night. Our walk back to our tent was VERY cold, it got down to 34 degrees that night, but we survived.

Our little campsite at Bull Shoals State Park

Our little campsite at Bull Shoals State Park

The whole park was covered in a blanket of mist in the morning. It started lifting as the morning went on.

The whole park was covered in a blanket of mist in the morning. It started lifting as the morning went on.

Mist rising from the White River at Bull Shoals

Mist rising from the White River at Bull Shoals

In the morning, we hiked one of the trails to warm up and get a little exercise before we hit the road for our next stop, Henderson, TN and Chickasaw State Park.

Getting ready to hike, I was freezing! I actually slept with my mittens on.

Getting ready to hike, I was freezing! I actually slept with my mittens on.

Picture of the White River from up on the trail

Picture of the White River from up on the trail

Pete's creative photograpy

Pete's creative photograpy

More creative photography? :)

More creative photography? 🙂

Our next stop was Chickasaw State Park in Nowheresville Henderson, Tenneesee. We got to the park and it was deserted, not a soul to be found except a small family that was leaving and a older woman who was waiting for a friend to show and when we got back from a walk had mysteriously disappeared. It was cold, we didn’t really feel comfortable being there, and so we pushed on to Nashville. Found a cheap hotel at about 11:30pm and crashed.

The next morning we set out on a journey to find a “cup of joe” in the heart of Nashville. I had researched coffee shops a bit, since it is a fun pastime of Pete and I’s to visit different shops and taste some new coffees. We decided on the Frothy Monkey, a local, trendy coffee shop complete with all the favorites, in house baked goods, and a kitchen putting out cafe sandwiches and soups. The place was packed with all sorts of different people, however we were able to snag a nice table out on the front patio and enjoy the sunny, fall day.  The Frothy Monkey was so cool! We loved it. Pete and I both tried a seasonal house specialty latte: Pete’s the Maple Spice and mine the Roasted Chestnut & Vanilla. They were both amazing! Pete also couldn’t say no to the Pumpkin Spice muffin that was jumping out at him from the counter; so I had a few bites too!

Here it is!

Here it is!

Pete working hard on his linguistics write up

Pete working hard on his linguistics write up

The full effect

The full effect

After we left The Frothy Monkey we were headed to Trader Joes Nashville to pick up a few items for our next two days of camping, when we passed a fun statue…Pete wanted to go back and take pictures, so we did.

SV500044 The statue was placed in memory of The Battle of Nashville 1864, a Civil War battle that apparently took place there.

Next, Trader Joes Nashville!! Always fun to visit a new Trader Joes. We picked up soup, cheese crackers, and some really delicious treats in the form of Maple Leaf cookies for the rest of our trip.

Hello friend, I have come for another visit

Hello friend, I have come for another visit

We shopped, and then jumped into the car to continue on the road to our next destination. Along the way Pete served lunch in the car, salmon (out of one of those convenient little packages), crackers, raw cheddar cheese, apples, and carrots sticks, delish! We ate and talked as we drove, and in no time we were at Mammoth Cave National Park in southern Kentucky.

Upon arriving at Mammoth Cave we set up camp, and took off for a run together around the park. We decided to explore a few of the trails around the Visitors Center on the run, and were out for about an hour. There we lots of unplanned up hills, and rough terrain, but it was beautiful. The fall colors are at peak in KY, and it was breathtaking! We were able to enjoy a hot meal on the fire after the run, and some good conversation with my best friend.

We had a fallen tree at our site, it was pretty cool

We had a fallen tree at our site, it was pretty cool

Pete chopping firewood

Pete chopping firewood

The next morning we made breakfast and had devotions & prayer together before heading out to hike. We started out on the Sal Hollow trail and eventually met up with two other trails, and hiked for about 3 hours, around 6 1/2 miles! We made a picnic, and then explored a bit more…I think we must have hiked around 9 miles for the day. Dinner at the fire again, yummy!!! Green curry with veggies & tuna…it was great. We then planned the last two days of our trip as the flames flickered into the darkness.

Jesus, oatmeal, and coffee...perfect start to the day

Jesus, oatmeal, and coffee...perfect start to the day

We had to take the Green River Ferry to get to the start of the trail

We had to take the Green River Ferry to get to the start of the trail

Some sightings along the trail

Some sightings along the trail

We even stumbled onto a small waterfall

We even stumbled onto a small waterfall

Us on the trail

Us on the trail

Posing by the sign

Posing by the sign

Pete's turn

Pete's turn

Beautiful photo of the Green River around sunset

Beautiful photo of the Green River around sunset

Just us goofing around

Just us goofing around

We left Mammoth Cave National Park on Wednesday around mid day and traveled to Lexington for the nice, city, hotel part of our trip. 🙂 However you’ll have to stay tuned for Part 2- Lexington, it’s late and we have a busy day tomorrow. Hope you enjoyed the post of our travels!


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Only two weeks left…

A few weeks later, and here’s a brief update on what I (Pete) have been doing here in Oklahoma.

I’m now finished with five of the seven weeks of the live language practicum.  I’ve compiled over 1400 utterances to use in my interpretation and analysis of the language, and now in the last two weeks, I’m hoping to begin making some conclusions about how and why the language does what it does.

The beginning of our team's Cherokee verb board

The beginning of our team's Cherokee verb board

Here are is one example:

One of the vowels that we use to write down our phonetics is the “æ” – which in phonetics is referred to as a digraph.  The digraph makes the sound made by the “a” in “apple.”  However, this sound is never found in Cherokee, except in one position.  Look below to see if you can find what position that might be.

CHEROKEE ENGLISH
ulɑhstæn foot
kʰʌnóɡæn arm
ǰuɡɑ̹nʔtæ̹n cabbage
uktæn dragon
ɡɑnʊ:skæn leg
dikʰtulæn car

As you may have noticed, the digraph always comes before the letter “n.”  But as linguists, our job is to not only notice what is happening, but to explain it as well.  From my research, it appears that the Cherokee actually are thinking of the digraph, in this position, as the phonetic “e,” which is the sound made by the “a” in “ate.”  However, they pronounce it as a digraph when it comes before the letter “n.”

This would be a reasonable hypothesis if it weren’t for one small problem.  The “e” sound is sometimes found before the letter “n.”  If it was true that “e” always changed to “æ” in front of “n,” then we shouldn’t have even one “e” before an “n,” but I have a lot of them there.  I have a theory why this is happening…but I won’t tell you right now.  You’ll have to wait to find out!

Anyway, that is just one of the areas I will be investigating as I finish my time here in Oklahoma over the next two weeks and begin my write-up of the Cherokee language.  Another big area I will be looking at is how different verb tenses are formed, which is a more complicated task than it might sound like.  Thank you so much, though, for all your prayers, support, and encouragement while we’ve been in Oklahoma.  We truly appreciate it.

Lastly, here a few more pictures from Tahlequah, Oklahoma:

Our housing here in Tahlequah, OK

Our housing here in Tahlequah, OK

Seminary Hall at Northeastern State University in town - Carrie Underwood's alma mater!

Seminary Hall at Northeastern State University in town - Carrie Underwood's alma mater!

Sweeping away water the help prevent flooding the main building here in Oklahoma during a thunderstorm

Sweeping away water to help prevent flooding in the main building here in Oklahoma during a thunderstorm

Playing games at a Korean Church picnic in Oklahoma City while visiting friends there

Playing games at a Korean Church picnic in Oklahoma City while visiting friends there