June has been another month of fun. It was not as jam packed as May, but still stuff happened. I think...
Early in June we biked the entire length of the Mill Creek Trail which ends on a small peninsula between the Mill Creek and the Kansas River. We had a wonderful ride that day nearing almost 40miles. Just before making it home we met two Mormon Elders in the park who we talked to for a while about Christianity. We now understand what is going on with all the boys in white shirts and slacks riding bikes and going door to door. When we returned home after picking Rafiki up from daycare we met our neighbor above us, Mark. Mark was happy to meet us and invited us out to a concert, but John wasn't feeling up to going out and instead feel asleep. Sunday, we got a chance to play Frisbee with Mark in the park next door. We found out we are not as terrible at Frisbee as we thought, but not as good as he is. Still we had lots of fun and look forward to hanging out with Mark in the future.
Katie spent a couple of evenings with Lauren and the kids eating out and grocery shopping. She also met a local African American named Cal and gave Rafiki's old cart to him because he loves riding his bike everywhere, but had no way to get groceries with his bike. Thanks to God, Katie and Cal met so both could gain something good out of the meeting. They enjoy each other's company because it is like two peas in a pod since they have very similar view points about the world around them. Plus, both feel like they are the black sheep so it is refreshing to know that they are not alone. Cal really liked the cart because he was able to get all of his groceries home without dropping anything and get his five gallon water container filled with water. Since then, Katie and Cal have hung out in the park on a few more occasions.
Prior to our ride from Edgerton to Olathe we purchased a bike rack and panniers for Katie's bike. Which along with John's trunk bag we managed to load up all of our belongings and set out for Olathe, KS. We stuck to mostly back roads till we made it to Gardner, where we rode the bike trail through town before it turned into a nice paved trail along a river through the woods. We decided to stop in the shade for a break. During our visit to Edgerton, Katie entered a contest to win a picture, The Crown of Thorns, by a local artist. When we stopped for a break in Gardner, we received some great news via voicemail. Needless to say she won the painting, and they would bring it by our apartment later. We made the entire 20 miles in about 2 hours and climbed what we think may be the highest hill in all of Kansas. ;-) When we made it home we waited outside with Rafiki for the painting and wondered why the Mormon kids nearby didn't come talk to us. Thank you to Debbie and her husband, Steve, for bringing the picture to our apartment.
We have signed a year lease at our current apartment, which despite being cheap does have its own list of shortcomings. Currently we have been discussing with management about a large number of people pulling their vehicles all the way onto the sidewalk. This makes it very difficult for us to get our bikes/carts to our apartment. John has been busy at Garmin with a few weeks of mandatory overtime. He has been trained on two more products to take over for an employee who transferred out, and despite little to no communication from management he is pretty sure he is doing well. We also met our new neighbors, Dawn, Ray and their two kids, who moved into an apartment that needed a serious cleaning prior to their occupation of the place. One day Rafiki enjoyed playing with their oldest child, a girl, in the park while Katie was talking with Cal and Dawn.