Category Archives: On the Road

Mile 92658.3

That’s the number on our motorhome’s odometer.
“Wait. That’s all??”
“How many years have you been traveling?”
“We just finished our thirteenth year.”
“Is that the rig you started with?”
“Yep.”
“I’m surprised it’s not higher.”

And so it goes. That is actually a respectable 7100+ RV miles per year for(on average) and even if it doesn’t seem like much, it’s been enough for us to

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Speed blogging

You’ve heard of “speed dating”, right? Well, hang on – here comes the speed blogging whirlwind!

Oakridge Ministries – Anadarko, OK  4/10 – 4/22
Great SOWER project! Wonderful time spent with friends, old and new, big electrical job completed, big drapery job hung and hemmed, house renovation begun, deck built and stained, many peanuts eaten.
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Time with the Kids in Ohio – April 28 – May 8
Snuggles and giggles and swing sets and gymnastics and ballgames. So good to spend time with these littles and their parents!

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Never Forget

Memorial Day 2011
I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.
~Benjamin Harrison~

‘Bout Time…

….I do a little blogging, right? Although I still have to put together a post about our wonderful cruise –
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and then catch all you’all up on our April project at Oakridge Ministries in Anadarko, OK.
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I thought I’d do a little real time update, instead.
We left Anadarko bright and early Tuesday morning.
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We did have a small concern in that the “Warning” light on the dashboard came on just as we were starting out. It doesn’t actually tell you what’s wrong, just that SOMETHING isn’t right. All the fluids were good, and she was running fine, so we opted to drive up to Oklahoma City (about 45 miles) and get it checked out there.
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We made it without incident, and they were able to diagnose (and replace) a failed transient suppressor (you wanted to know, right?). That’s the good news. The bad news is that they spotted a potential problem with the “#3 Exhaust Gasket” – it had a leak and there was possible damage to the manifold. However, since they couldn’t fix it until next week sometime, we opted to continue on and get it looked at (a second opinion is always a good idea anyway when $$$ is involved) in Ohio since we’ll be there for over a week. (Are you glassy-eyed yet?) Sooooo…..
With the 4 hour delay, we only got to the Missouri Welcome Center before we stopped for the night. Not quite as far as we had hoped, but thankfully we had no additional mechanical issues.
This morning we started out in the rain –
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and it pretty much rained all day, all the way.
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Eight Hours. Driving in the Rain. Ugh. But we made it most of the way across Illinois and, Lord willing, we’ll make it to Columbus (or at least to the diesel mechanic) by the end of the day tomorrow!!

As I type this, we are sitting in a Walmart parking lot in Effingham, Illinois watching it rain.
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(And listening to PSA’s about severe weather warnings. What county are we in again? Do we head into Walmart if it gets too crazy?)

It looks like we’ll be in the rain for most of the night –
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We’re the blue dot – and let me say, that green blob has been with us all day!!! We can only pray that it will be long gone in the morning!

I’d like to say that I’ll be catching up soon with Cruise and Project posts, but the truth of the matter is after tomorrow my days will mostly be filled with kids and grands. And once again, blogging will get placed on the back burner! (But that’s really how it should be, don’t you agree?)

Thanks again for stopping by!

Two girls and a baby goat

We have worked at Trinity Pines Camp, in Trinity, TX three times in the last 4 years. And each year, Gary says, “Let’s go to Dry Creek for their community Fish Fry while we’re here.” Well, Dry Creek Camp does hold an excellent (as in possibly the best we’ve ever had) fish fry the third Thursday of every month from September to April. We know, first hand, because we’ve worked there and thoroughly enjoyed that meal. But Dry Creek Camp is in Dry Creek, LOUISIANA, so I just look at him and say, “Honey, I really think 140 miles for a fish fry is a little over-the-top,” and we don’t go. But THIS year we are also the Area Reps for Dry Creek and the standard protocol is to do an annual visit to each of the ministries in our territory. (Now, mind you – we can do this by phone, or ask another SOWER to do it who might be working there. An “in person” visit is not required!). I was still hesitant, but then I remembered that we had some good SOWER friends working there – and well, the deal was sealed.
We left right after devotions on Thursday and arrived just in time to stand in line with the masses.
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And from that point on, we were too busy eating and visiting to take any pictures of this great meal. (But really, who needs more food pictures, right?) We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and visiting with other folks who were likewise enjoying the meal. It was also fun to harass the wait staff – many who were our SOWER friends! We even managed to sit down with the camp director and have that official meeting!
After lunch, while Gary took at a nap, Jenny & I took a walk to see some baby goats. As in a couple of days old baby goats.
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They were sooooo adorable!
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So cute! (Even if the goat is a bit fuzzy!)
We spent the night at Dry Creek, had a lovely evening of fellowship with our fellow SOWERS,
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and then joined the group on Friday morning on a bit of Agri-tourism – Learning the ins and outs of a Crawfish Pond and getting them to market.
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It was a very fun morning!
We decided since we had come this far, we might as well go an additional 60 miles to our other Louisiana ministry – Acadian Baptist Center down the road in Eunice, LA. Don and Jenny tagged along, and we had a great visit with the staff there and were also able to touch base with the SOWERs that were working there. We’re glad we drove those extra miles!
Yes, it was crazy to drive 140 miles to enjoy a delicious catfish dinner, but with all the perks that came with it – we’re so very glad we went! It was a 36 hour, 400+ mile travel extravaganza!
Heading back to Trinity, TX after a quick overnight excursion to Louisiana. #roadtrip #texasskies #sowerfriends