Friday, December 21, 2012

More on Buildings and Cars

More on the building

Road Town from on the ridge
Today we drove out to the DMV to get temporary driver’s licenses.  It was a nice bureaucratic experience. Take a number. Sit. Sit. Sit. Answer a few questions, pay a few dollars.  Everybody is happy.  On the way back into town I decided to take a road that led to somewhere, but it was somewhere other than where I thought it led.  A few minutes later we were on a very steep narrow road climbing up the side of the hill above Road Town.  We even met traffic going both directions. These photos will give you an idea of what it was like.  It is only an idea, though.  The real-time experience was much more exciting.  It really is a lot like driving the Jeeps on the trails near Moab.

I am also including some photos of some proposed sites for the building.  This will be interesting to see how it all works out.  The branch needs a building in which we can meet.  Having that building in a visible place will help increase the image of the Church on the island.

Decrepit building in town

The photos above show the derelict building President would like to buy and replace with a nice chapel. It is right in the middle of town and would surely be noticed.

 We have lots of geckos here.  This little guy was as interested in us as we were in him.

This area is all landfill.  In 1970 it was ocean.

Road Town Harbor
The men often have more hair than the ladies.  They put their hair in big  knitted caps.

Possible site, hidden away
We have been told that we are getting a new vehicle for the island.  Rumor has it that the senior couple will drive the new SUV and the elders will drive the new Tacoma.  I would rather drive the truck.  It is bigger, more powerful, and more useful than the Suzuki Grand Vitara.  Both are new so it is not a matter of having the seniors crive the new vehicle. One thing for sure--we will not be able to haul members to and from church the way we have been doing if we lose the truck.  We want to be obedient, and we want to be useful.  What do we do when those two desires conflict with each other?

The parking lot by our meeting place is interesting. It would make a great place to build a chapel, but it is already under plans for a much bigger complex to be built.  When that happens our parking will be in serious trouble.  Anyway, when it is dry, as it has been for most of the past couple of weeks, the huge mud holes dry up and 4WD is not needed to ford the ponds.  When it rains, those potholes fill up with water.  There is a boat parked by the largest, dubbed Lake Tortola by previous missionaries.   
Lake Tortola
Having a boat near that one is not a bad idea.

BYU won over SDSU.  Way to go Cougars!

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