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Post travels out west


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N-Post-travels-out-west2-OvokaitysTom and Donna Ovokaitys and their four children—Breeann, Kayla, Ellie, and Jared—recently took a 10-day family vacation together out west, traveling 4,200 miles in a rental van. And the Post traveled with them!

“We started the sight seeing in Colorado with a Cog Railway trip to Pike’s Peak and then hiking around Garden of the gods,” said Donna. “We learned of the Colorado incline (one mile straight up the side of Pikes Peak) and Breeann could not resist! She made it in 29:28 and had sore muscles the next day to prove it.” They visited Great Sand Dunes National Park, then headed to Mesa Verde where Donna needed to deal with her fear of untethered heights and small enclosed places, while walking around  Balcony House and Cliff Palace. “This ended up being my highlight!” she said. They then went to Four Corners National Monument where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah all meet. Close by was the beautiful Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, where some of the family were wondering at first “where is the forest?”

“Our next stop was at the Grand Canyon, where the views were fabulous and we learned not to blindly trust the GPS to navigate the way out of the park,” continued Donna. “We did not drive into the Grand Canyon on a 2 track!” They then visited Hoover Dam, where the temperature was 103 and theyall agreed that they love Michigan weather. Their final stop was to go White Water Rafting on Clear Creek in Colorado.

“None of us had ever gone rafting prior to this event, but there were no beginner rapids for us to experience as a result of the snow melt being extreme at that time of the year,” explained Donna. “So, we went for a ride on class 3 and 4 rapids in 36 degree water. This was, hands down, the family favorite. It was only about a 45-minute trip, but there was a new thrill every other second!”

After that they started the long trip home. “We were all tired and ready to end the vacation, but the memories will be with us forever,” she said.

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The Post travels to China


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Kaleigh Vanderlip, of Coral, Michigan, traveled with a Post to Yantai, China, in May, as part of Montcalm Community College’s study abroad program. Three teachers and nine students, including Vanderlip, went to China for a week. They also spent one night in South Korea.

“While in China, we learned about their culture and we even got to do group presentations with some of the Chinese students,” she explained. “We did some traveling as well, and saw some amazingly beautiful sights.” She said the picture was taken from her dorm room at the Shandong Institute of Business and Technology.

Vanderlip, who graduated from New Beginnings High School in 2008, graduated from MCC this year with an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies.

Thanks, Kaleigh, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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The Post travels to Cleveland


 

N-Post-travels-to-Cleveland-HarrisonThe Grand Rapids Sweet Adeline’s Chorus traveled to Cleveland in May, for the Region 17 competition. “We were performing for evaluation only and received two A- and many B +’s on our performance, which prepares us to compete at the International Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada in October,” said Sue Harrison, of Nelson Township.

Pictured are gals from the Cedar Springs and Greenville area (l to r): Judie Wabeke, Sue Harrison, Mary Myers, and Marcia Taft.

Thanks for taking the Post with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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The Post travels to Rome


N-Post-travels-to-Rome-HendgesGary and Gail Hendges, of Nelson Township, traveled to Rome, Italy in May to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and took along a copy of the Post. Here they can be seen in front of the Trevi Fountain, in Rome. They also saw the Vatican and other sites in Italy.

Thanks to Gary and Gail for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

 

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The Post travels to Belarus


Barb Groth at Mir Castle in Belarus.

Barb Groth at Mir Castle in Belarus.

Barb Groth and her nephew, Cawa, in Grodno, Belarus. Barb Groth at Mir Castle in Belarus.

Barb Groth and her nephew, Cawa, in Grodno, Belarus.
Barb Groth at Mir Castle in Belarus.

Barb Groth sent us some photos from her 3-1/2 week visit last summer to Belarus. She wrote: “Most people ask, ‘Where’s that?’ ‘Is it a city?’ or ‘Isn’t that where all the conflict with Russia is happening? Aren’t you afraid?’

“Belarus is a country. It is between Poland and Russia and north of the Ukraine, where all the conflict is occurring. No, I am not afraid to go there. I have family there and they showed me their country from end to end. I spent time with my half sister on her rural farm that has no indoor plumbing, and time with my nephew, who is an architect. He proudly showed me his achievements in his town of Grodno, which is comparable to Grand Rapids.

“I also visited a historic castle called ‘Mir,’ which is near the capital city of Minsk. Minsk has a population of nearly 2 million.”

Barb said that she took the Post everywhere she went in Belarus. “It was truly a wonderful place to explore and enjoy,” she wrote.

Thanks so much, Barb, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

 

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The Post travels to the Arctic Circle


N-Post-goes-to-Alaska-AGAINThe Cedar Springs Post traveled to the Arctic Circle last summer with John Osburn, of Nelson Township. Thanks so much, John, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

 

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The Post travels to Zimbabwe


Esther Couturier at the orphanage in Zimbabwe.

Esther Couturier at the orphanage in Zimbabwe.

By Esther Couturier

This summer a life long dream recently turned into reality for me when I was able to travel to Zimbabwe, Africa. Since I was 12, God has been cultivating a desire in me to someday live in Zimbabwe. I have continued to believe that despite my circumstances, and of not knowing how it would happen, that one day God would provide a way for me to travel to Zimbabwe.

God orchestrated this through my meeting a young man, in my church, who was visiting from Zimbabwe last summer. He invited me to stay with his family. I was able to travel to Zimbabwe on May 31 and stayed for eight weeks! It was the best eight weeks of my life, so far.

While I was there, I took the Post on many adventures, from reading to children in an orphanage, decorating cupcakes with foster children, helping feed the elderly and visiting a Government Hospital. We also visited Gonarezhou National Park, where we saw hippos and rhinos. At a game reserve we rode elephants and petted a lion. We also experienced Jackal hunting, hiking Victoria Falls, and white water rafting on the Zambezi. We also toured a butchery and shopped at the flea markets.

My favorite part of the trip was staying on a farm. Besides enjoying the absolute beauty of the place, I also enjoyed vaccinating mombes (the word for cows in Shona—Zimbabwe’s native language), riding motorbikes, and teaching at the school. I helped teach math to eight-year-old children and English to 14-year olds. I also climbed gomos (mountainous terrain), and I talked with many of the employees, who helped teach me Shona.

Everyone I met along the way was exceptionally nice. The families I stayed with are very relational and enjoy talking over tea and rusks. I really loved just listening to everyone’s stories. Some tell of just the hardships in the past, others tell of hope for restoration, while most tell of both. There are so many different aspects and cultures in Zimbabwe. Life is different there. Even though there are power outages daily, lack of variety in food and supplies, potholes galore along with insane driving, and a corrupt government, I loved every bit of it!

God answers prayers and He fulfills His promises. He is a God who has a plan for everyone’s life, because He formed us and loves us. I know without a doubt I will return to Zimbabwe. The vision God has placed in my heart is not yet fully fulfilled.

Thank you to everyone who supported me, prayed for me and encouraged me. I hope to continue to share this journey.

I was not able to, or had forgotten take photos with the Post everywhere I went, but it was in my back pack everywhere I traveled.

Thanks, Esther, for taking us with you on your adventure!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

 

 

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The Post travels to Mt. McKinley in Alaska


N-Post-travels-Mt-McKinley-DickersonDavid and Loraine Dickerson, of Cedar Springs, went on a two-week vacation in June, with five of Loraine’s six sisters and their spouses. And of course, they took a Post along.

“The first half of our vacation started in Vancouver, on a cruise of the Alaskan Inside Passage,” wrote Loraine. “We enjoyed stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway and ended at Seward. We were lucky to see an iceberg break off and fall into Glacier Bay.”

During the second week, they rode the Alaskan Railway and stopped at Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Denali. “Due to bad weather on the mountain, our first flight was cancelled,” explained Loraine. “We rescheduled and flew in a Talkeetna Air Taxi (a ten-seat plane) up to a glacier approximately 1/4 of the way up Mt. McKinley. We had to wear coats, sunglasses, and special boots.”

The photo above is of David and Loraine in front of the McKinley range. “We were able to see the top of McKinley several times while in Talkeetna and Denali, and joined the 30 percent club,” remarked Loraine. “Only 30 percent of the people who visit McKinley ever see the top. Alaska is a must-see destination!”

 

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The Post travels…underwater?


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Roger Louck, of the Cedar Springs area, completed his Scuba Instructor certification at Gilboa Quarry, near Findlay, Ohio, in June. This popular dive site has many interesting items to explore including this airplane, which sits at 40 to 50 feet down.

Roger took a Post and laminated it because he knew he was taking it underwater. Thanks so much Roger, for this unusual photo, and for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

 

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The Post goes to Haiti


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“On jou!” That’s Creole for hello, the language that is spoken in Haiti, where Jan Malmo, recently retired teacher at Tri County Schools, traveled recently on a mission trip, and took a Post with her. She was able to work with children and teachers in a school in Les Cayes for 3 days. Jan’s focus was to bring new ideas and teaching techniques to a small town in a third world country where they are open to everything because they have so little—little to no teacher training and little to no supplies.

Jan said they primarily teach by reciting. She felt blessed to be welcomed by so many eager Haitians in a country where any help is appreciated. She saw God at work in the loving spirits and fellowship of people she could not really talk to without an interpreter.

“It was an awesome trip and I hope to be able to go back annually with more teachers so more lives can be enriched (mine and theirs)!” she exclaimed.

Thanks for taking us with you, Jan!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

 

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