'Many blessings' during Crestview family's trip to Argentina

The Dreaden family

The Dreaden family — from left, Kim, Sandra, Cody and Art — relax with refreshments in the Barrio de Paris Londres district of Santiago, Chile, at the start of their pilgrimage.

SANDRA DREADEN / Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 02:50 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Church of God recently held its annual Feast of the Tabernacles in nine locations around the United States.

However, a Crestview family chose to attend the event farther south.

Sandra and Art Dreaden, their son Cody and his wife, Kim, both Crestview High School alumni, spent the eight-day feast in Mendoza, a 452-year-old colonial city in western Argentina.

The adventure, which began last month with a flight into Santiago, Chile, was part of the family's desire to broaden its cultural horizons.

"It's just so expanding to be with people with other cultures; to see how they live but see how, basically, we're so alike," Sandra said.

Visiting South America also meant a climate change. The Dreadens' bus almost didn't make it to Mendoza in time for the celebration when snow blocked the Andes mountain pass between Chile and Argentina.

Lions and lambs, wine and olives

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