Category Archives: On the Road

It’s OK

Some of you dear friends have expressed concern about one of our dashboard plants.
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That jade plant does look pretty pitiful, doesn’t it? But fear not – it’s OK!
If you’ve been stopping by here for a bit you know that our jade plant has been riding on our dashboard from the very beginning of our adventure.

And in fact, that little sprig was a cutting from a plant I had purchased the first summer we were married, late last century! As we’ve traveled these last 17 years it’s been transplanted and trimmed and pieces of it have been left all around the country.
Dashboard Plant
In 2016 it was looking pretty robust! =)
Dashboard items
It made it through the early part of the pandemic pretty well –
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But earlier this summer, it began to look a little leggy and it seemed to need a bit extra attention.
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Now a horticulturist I am not, but with a little bit of help from Google, I whacked away at it while it vacationed with us at The Cabin and repotted all of the little sprigs in some lovely yard sale pots. Here they are on the windowsill of the Cabin porch.
Jade snips
After the reunion the cuttings (in their new fancy pots) went home with their new families to North Carolina, Vermont, and Pennsylvania. Of course, I brought the ‘mother plant’ back with us (with its own little repotted sprig), and I’m happy to report that although it does look a little rough at the moment, I’m very excited to see some lovely new growth!
Jade sprouts
There’s even a little bit poking up from one of those sad stubs!
So thank you for your concern about this staple of our RV adventure, but rest assured I am giving it my best plant care* and am confident it will once again reign supreme on the dashboard in the days to come!

Steph

 

 

*Best Plant Care = loving neglect

Made it!

WV-MD-WV-KY-IN-IL-MO-OK
Two State Capitals (Drive through only!)
The complete length of I68
All but about 7 miles of I64 (Did we really want to drive through St. Louis on a Wednesday morning? No.)
Found an easy in-easy out campground for our last night just outside of Springfield, MO where we didn’t even have to unhook the truck
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and journeyed the last 90 miles on nice two lane highways! A sweet change of pace after  ~1100 miles of zipping across interstates!
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There were some small All-American towns to navigate
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but we did enjoy the more leisurely pace of the ‘less traveled’ road.
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We made it to our final destination by 10AM before the worst of the heat kicked in, and were able to have a lovely afternoon getting settled.
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And while we haven’t done much exploring yet, this looks like a pretty incredible camp!
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Stay tuned for more about Frontier Cove, but for now, here are a few more photos added to our “Road To OK” slide show!

Thank you for your prayers! We were blessed with lovely, uneventful 1150 miles of travel, and for that we are truly grateful.

But my, it feels good to be still!

The Road to Oklahoma

UntitledIt’s been quite a while since we’ve done an almost 1200 mile cross-country, gotta-get-there, drive-till-you drop road trip.  So while we didn’t actually drive-till-we-dropped (we’re way too old for that!), we have had a couple of long days behind the windshield as we moved from our August SOWER project (Eastern WV) to our September project (NE OK).   Wanna come along?
We set out from West Virginia, drove through the panhandle of Maryland on I68 (so beautiful – so HILLY).  We actually drove the entire length of I68 and lost count of the runaway truck ramps that we passed. Geez, they make me nervous!
Over hill,
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And dale
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through cities
Louisville Skyline
over rivers
Crossing into Illinois
and through construction zones.
Hello, Indiana
And more construction zones.
More construction
(I’m generally too tense when we’re in the actual cattle chute type construction to snap pictures!).
All in all, it was more good road than bad, more light traffic than busy, and certainly more open road than city driving! The mountains eventually gave way to the corn fields of Indiana
IL Fields
and eventually we made it to a lovely Corp of Engineers campground (Rend Lake) where we are enjoying a quiet evening, an electric hook-up and air conditioning!
Gun Creek, Rend Lake
(These 90+ degree days are hard on everyone, but when you live in (essentially) a tin can – that A/C is critical!)
Here are some shots from our first two days on the road…..

One more full day to go (which involves getting through/around St. Louis!) and then a short day on Thursday as we move into the project – New Life Ranch, Frontier Cove, in Adair, OK.

Thanks for coming along! Gotta get to bed now – someone likes to get an early start!

Sweet Dreams!
Steph

The Dashboard Dance

dashboardplantOver the years many of you have asked if we really drive with so much ‘stuff’ on our dashboard. And the answer is a very simple “Yes”. It all started with this little jade plant that was a cutting off a plant that I had purchased in 1972, the summer after we were married. By the time we left on this adventure it was over 3 feet tall, and had about a 3″ diameter trunk. It didn’t seem really practical to bring that along, so we settled for those two sweet cuttings.  Over the years as it grew (and we left more cuttings with friends along the way) it was joined by an Aloe Vera plant from the Florida Keys in 2011 and then this sweet little cactus from Arizona in 2016.
Dashboard cactus
Other items have joined the party (mostly attached to memories or stuff found in Gary’s pockets)and this is how the dashboard looked as we left Columbus last month, heading east to PA.



Ah yes, complete with mask (good to keep one handy, right?) and a couple of crumpled up tissues. (No staging here. This is a true life still life.)
As I began taking my ‘windshield shots’ to document our drive, I noticed that items were beginning to do a little dance.
Dashboard dancing
Let’s face it – the roads through Akron had those guys really jumping!
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Gary added the candy wrappers and those tissues just kept moving to the road music.
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The mask was the first to topple over the edge as the dance floor became quite crowded.
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The dove had fallen over, attempting to get closer to the memory stones, and the pink flowers were distancing themselves from the potted plants. As we crossed Pennsylvania on I80 and then headed north up I81, I was keeping a close eye on the breakables that were getting precariously close to the edge. Just as we were coming into Montrose, the inevitable happened.
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Can you tell what took that final leap off the dash?
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One of my little Kenyan hippos! All is well, though – no harm, no foul! He was safely reunited to his mate!

The tissues made it just fine (eewwww), and don’t even ask me why we had a mousetrap on the dash. Somethings are beyond my understanding!

Thanks for coming to the dance!

Steph
And yes, I know that little leaning cactus need to be repotted!! Yikes!

 

Made it!

A. We made it to our May SOWER project, and our resting place for the next three weeks! Thank you, Lord, for safe travels and a beautiful place to serve!

This month we’re volunteering at a new SOWER project – Heartland Retreat Center – in Marengo, OH. It’s north and a bit east of Columbus, and this is the first time they’ve had SOWERS! It’s also less than an hour from both of our kids who live in the Columbus area! In different directions, of course!

To Toby’s To Lara’s
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We haven’t figured out just how the Visiting the Kids will look (everyone is super busy these days!), but we’re looking forward to great month. Not only are we working at a new SOWER project, but we’re working with a brand new SOWER couple! It’s always so encouraging to see the excitement in new folks as they begin their “RVing with a Purpose” journey!

Let the Project (and fun!) begin!

B. I’ve also made it to May, ending my self-imposed challenge of doing a blog post everyday! Phew! I certainly can’t promise (or maybe it’s a threat??) to do it again in May, but I’m hopeful that I can continue on with a more regular schedule of tidbits from our life. Thanks for coming along this month – I really appreciate each one of you!

Have a lovely first day of May, dear friends!
Steph