Category Archives: On the Road

Wait? More fun?

I had every intention of getting right back to work on the Monday following the cruise. Honest, I did. But when our daughter called over the weekend and asked if we’d like to join them at Knoebels Amusement Park on Monday, well, it didn’t take us too long to say – “Of Course!”

Even though we’ve only been to Knoebels once before (during our 2015 Adventure with granddaughter Hayley)
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we are big fans of this amusement park. We love that there is no admission fee, that you can either purchase an “All Rides” wrist band or just purchase tickets for the rides you want to take. The food isn’t too pricey, the rides are everything from vintage to state of the art, and the general feel of the park is oh-so-very family friendly.
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We met with Lara and Herbert and kiddos Ellie (11), Maddie (Toby’s daughter, 10) and Alexandra (3.75) by the Ferris Wheel and the park did not disappoint!

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Grams and Pops took care of some of the more mild rides.
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We also handled all of the watching of the bags and keeping track of kids that were too small to go (or didn’t want to go) on the big ‘coasters-
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(Despite the look on Maddie’s face – she WANTED to go on that ride!)
Lara, Herbert and Maddie did all the big roller coasters, but only Maddie and Herbert were brave enough to do the StratosFear!
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Yikes!
Spending the day with Lara and Herbert and these three cuties
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was a total delight. We got home late that night, exhausted but happy and content. It was a totally unexpected, totally delicious, impromptu day of fun!
Here are some additional pictures of our time at Knoebels. But I think this one, taken by Herbert, is one of my favorites!
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Oh, those faces!!!

Where in the World Wednesday

Hi! We leave bright and early this morning for the 2nd stage of Gary’s nuclear stress test and his echo-cardiogram, but I didn’t want to miss posting this weeks mystery location. Gary’s been giving me lots of grief about how ambiguous the photos are that I’ve chosen, so I thought that this week I’d pick one that (I believe anyway) is a bit more distinctive.

 Any guesses?

PS – About Gary’s tests – so far none have shown any red flags. So no answers yet, but no scary answers yet either! Thanks for praying!

Mondays are for Memories – The Loneliest Road

A SOWER friend recently commented that they had decided to travel Rte 50 across Nevada and it brought back memories of the time we drove that road. Which apparently is (justifiably) designated as the “Loneliest Road in America”.
Here’s our memory for today –
May 8, 2010 – The Loneliest Road
When you travel about the country in a big ol’ RV, with a cute orange truck tagging along, you have to be careful about planning your road choices. Pretty much we try to avoid large cities (we can’t always do that, but at least we try to avoid them around rush hour!) and toll roads, and when possible we like to stay off interstate unless we just plain have to get somewhere and don’t care so much about checking out interesting sights along the way. So, when we were planning our drive from the Bryce Canyon area of Utah to Nevada City, CA (near Lake Tahoe), we looked at the map carefully. I80 was far to the north, but to be quite honest, there wasn’t much that went across the state of Nevada except Hwy 50, and to get to that we had to travel on what looked like an even smaller road, Hwy 21 in Utah. Another trick we have learned is to check with some “locals” about road conditions – is it “good road”, and is it OK for big rigs. (Believe me, our trusty GPS does not take into account the “big rig” factor at all!). When I asked about the 21, the answer I got from girl was that it was an OK road, but man, there’s not much out that way. Her final comment was – “It’s a lonely road”. Gary checked with a fellow by the fuel pumps about Hwy 50 – and he got pretty much the same answer. The towns (and I use the term lightly) are between 50 -100 miles apart, but it’s good road and not much traffic.
So as we set out on “the 21” we kept commenting that yes indeed, this was a lonely road.
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What we didn’t realize was that we were about to embark on a trip across Nevada on the “Loneliest Road in America“, so named by Life Magazine in 1986. And what we also didn’t realize was that we were traveling through the Great Basin. Now put on your 5th grade US geography hats and see if you can remember what the Great Basin is. Has it come to you yet? Here’s a little help –
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Pretty much it’s long (10 miles or so) flat arid valleys followed by a mountain range, followed by long flat arid valleys followed by a mountain range, followed by a long flat arid valley followed by…….
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Here are just some of the summit signs I managed to capture as we crested the different hills –
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And looking out the side window really drove home the “we are alone” feeling –
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But don’t think this road wasn’t without some POIs along the way. When I noticed a tree close to the road in the distance I figured it would be a good photo op (you know, contrasting the tree with the otherwise stark roadside).
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As we got closer, there seemed to be some sort of moss hanging from the branches.
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Some strange desert/mountain growth?
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Nope. Sneakers. Of course.
Then there was Sand Mountain
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Looked like God had just decided that HERE would be a good place to dump a humongous pile of sand.
There were also the salt flats, that stretched on for a couple of miles –
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Along much of the shoulder folks had been writing their names or messages with stone –
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We did not stop to add our names – looked to us like finding the rocks would have been a lot of work!
We discovered Hwy 50 loosely followed the Pony Express route and there were several ruins along the way with historical markers, but unfortunately we didn’t stop at any of them. And now we know we could have picked up a Loneliest Road Survival Kit before we set out. Even our road atlas has Hwy 50 marked as the Loneliest Road.
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All I know
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is that it seemed
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to go on
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forever.

And the answer is…

Gary looked at the picture, looked at me, and said – Do you know how many farms we’ve passed in the last 14 years?????
I thought it had a certainly locality look, but I bet if I’d picked this picture, he’d have gotten it right away.
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Yep – beautiful Lancaster, Pennsylvania!
I was actually IN Lancaster yesterday, enjoying a bus trip through Montrose Bible Conference to see Sight and Sound’s production of JESUS (Oh my, how excellent), and  eat too much at Shady Maple Smorgasbord.
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Yesterday was a total delight, but today it was back to work! While I continued in the folding linens and making bed routine, Gary was helping out (in a not-exerting way) with getting started on the 16 bed frames that will be needed for all those new queen size mattresses!

Just how many men does it take to cut a piece of plywood?

Tomorrow we head back to the cardiologist for the start of Gary’s nuclear stress test.  I want to thank all of you (both here and on Facebook) for your prayers on his (ours, really!) behalf. We are confident of God’s leading in all of this, and are looking forward to learn just what He has in store for us!

Thanks for stopping by – and for praying!