I am going to post more about the training. We are actually still processing it all....and will probably post a lengthly entry on the Travels and Musings blog. (So keep an eye on that one for more info.) Since this is our family blog, I am going to tell you about parts of the training worth photographing!
We had an off-road elective. The idea is that so many times, highly educated, city-living missionaries go overseas, only to flip their vehicles when in off-roading situations. We were actually given the opportunity to "practice" driving off-road....up crazy "obstacles" and down steep hills and over huge boulders and through deep mud. Now....I know what you might be thinking....Adrienne doesn't know how to drive a manual transmission car.
THAT is why I signed up for the elective WITHOUT Caleb. He is a wonderful husband, but not the most patient when teaching someone to drive.
AKA Peppers Angels!
(John Peppers was our instructor...he was in the car, too.)
Notice the steep drop off below:
This is the first and only hill that I got stuck in. Peppers actually (I don't know how) managed to tell me exactly what to do to get "un-stuck". After stalling a few times and screaming a few times, I made it up the hill. In case you were wondering, I got stuck in the rut on the top left hand side....just to the left of the big shiny rock that I was "aiming for" and missed!
Carol- the Pro!
Barbara and I- she was super fast! The course took me 45 minutes to complete. It took her about 20. Maybe it was because I was in first gear the whole time! (Shhhhh! Don't tell Caleb!)
Since we had more time on our hands (I told you Barbara was super fast), I was asked to give Carol directions. Notice- her car has a sun shield. She was essentially "blind-folded". I had to direct her so that two of her tires were on two tiny golf balls. Yes...it was as hard as it sounds!
Pepper's Angels pose again:
Caleb actually went first, but since this is my blog, I decided to post his pictures after mine!
Sometimes, when the car went into a rut, your window was literally touching the ground. Did I mention how fun this was??
This picture doesn't exactly show you, but this obstacle was the equivalent of going up then down a triangle: