In which I experience a Bolivian Beauty and Strangeness

by Hitty Alice, Adventurer Extraordinaire

In July, I went to the WGM Bolivia Field Retreat with my human, Emily. She didn't have time to take lots of pictures, but I was able to convince her to take a few of the things that seemed especially interesting. First, this resort, Los Cedros, had two interesting sculptures. You can barely see me b/c they are so big, but trust me, I'm there.

Emily made me sit in the center of that dragon's claw. I can't believe that I survived it!

Next, I made sure that I went to at least one of Emily's sessions. The Martins, Frank and Sharon, came down from Indiana to help encourage and challenge the missionaries. Frank spoke especially on remembering the things that are important to people are important to God as well. So many times humans fret and worry instead of letting God handle it and remembering that He will handle it best. Thank goodness dolls don't have those concerns. Frank also shared about one of his driving passions, the power of prayer. Emily came away from those time refreshed and renewed, so I was thankful I got to be a part of it, too.

Lastly, I wanted to make sure I got a picture with the "widow-maker." This is what many households have instead of a central water heater. It attaches to the shower head and heats the water right there. Emily says you have to find just the right mix between hot water and water pressure. If the water comes out too fast it doesn't have time to heat up. If you want the water REALLY hot, it's just a trickle. Sounds tricky. I was VERY glad I never had to take a shower, because I'm fairly certain that water and electricity shouldn't be friends.

So, that's the WGM retreat in a nutshell. Missionaries seem to be like most people. They enjoy playing games, being together, and eating yummy foods. Emily was glad for one last break before school started. And I was glad for one more adventure!

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Indiana State Fair

In which I celebrate the year of the pig...

by Hitty Amelia, a Hoosier Hitty

Once a year, my adopted humans make a trip to the state fair to support local 4-H kids, to spend a day appreciating the fine state of Indiana, and to eat massive quantities of fried foods.

This year, the Indiana State Fair was presented by the Indiana Pork Farmers -- that's right, people, we were celebrating the year of the pig. In honor of these fine piggy friends, the fair had many special offerings. Right next to the "deep fried oreos" booth was a vendor offering "chocolate covered bacon." Another vendor offered "country-fried bacon with pork gravy dipping sauce." Although, like most Hoosiers my adopted humans believe bacon makes everything really tasty, they chose not to partake in these "delicacies" and stuck with their normal fair of tenderloin sandwiches, philly cheesesteak sandwiches, grilled corn, funnel cake, kettle corn, shaved ice, and a seemingly endless supply of lemon shakeups.

Here I am in one of the exhibit buildings posing with some of the creations of the "Circle City Carvers"-- an Indianapolis based woodcarving club. I was happy to share my story with the men at the booth. Can you believe that they had never heard of me?

Amanda's son Robbie's favorite part of the day was playing on the farm machinery on display near the FFA (Future Farmer's of America) building.

I even found this giant machinery fascinating. WOW!

Before we left for the day, Amanda picked up some postcards to mail to Shirley, adopted human of the Sunny State Hitties. Shirley loves to get postcards! And although we did not purchase them, we giggled over souvenirs such as Bacon-flavored lip balm, breath mints, and gummy candies. There were even bandaids shaped like bacon strips.

So celebrate summer in this year of the pig! If you take your Hitty to your State Fair, please share with us at the Hitty Travel doll site. We'd love to hear your stories!

"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it." ~Russel Baker
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