Early in our SOWER adventure we met Jim and Lillie Walker. They were a tad bit older than us, and had years more experience! We pretty much fell in love with them at first glance! Lillie was as sweet as could be and Jim – well, Jim was his own special brand of crazy fun! We worked with them several times (and loved each one) and shared many wonderful memories, on and off SOWER projects.
We have so many more memories than pictures with this dear couple, and through the years we’ve managed to stay connected even as their time as active SOWERS slowed down. They’ve been retired for several years now (maybe even 10?), but even just last winter we were talking about the Christian Motorcyclist Association (yes, he’s still a biker!) with some new SOWERS, and their name came up. With great fondness, might I add!
Jim and Lillie settled in at their property in Western Maryland and a couple of years ago, due to her failing health, Lillie moved into a nearby care facility. When we realized we’d be going close by their location on our way to Ohio from West VA, we couldn’t resist stopping for a visit. Needless to say, given Jim’s love of All Things Fast, we were not surprised when he met us in a stunning candy apple red, souped up 2015 Mustang convertible!
Oh, Jim – you are still so crazy fun!
(No – I did not drive this. This photo is for demonstration purposes only!)
We loved our day with Jim! We got to visit with Lillie, though with COVID restrictions we could only visit through the glass door. We spent the night snugly tucked in on his property
and were so very thankful to have been able to connect with this dear, dear friend!
People often ask us what’s the Best Part of this adventure we’re on. Oh, there are so many wonderful things, but as we were reminded so vividly recently, the friends we’ve made along the way and the memories we’ve made with them will always rise to the top of the list!
Instead of looking back into the archives for a Memories post, it only seemed fitting to look back to just this past weekend where there was a lot of walking down memory lane! There is something very special about spending time with someone who shares your growing-up memories, and this past weekend was no exception!
We started the weekend by going through lots of old family pictures
…and giggling at the stylin’ folks we were!
(Please note our pet squirrel, Pierre, on my oldest sister’s arm. One of those favorite family memories!)
Little girls in their PJ’s –
And except for the degraded photo problem, this is a pretty sweet family photo – circa 1962 +/-.
We could’ve spent hours going through them, but there were other items on the agenda!
When we were downsizing into our RV, Joie took ownership of this folding screen that we’d had in our living room. And before we had it, it had been in my grandmother’s bedroom. We’d learned that my grandmother had done the crewel work and my grandfather had built the frame, so even though it was in pretty bad shape (though not as bad as the picture shows!) it was still precious to us. Joie was delighted when one of her granddaughters discovered this family treasure and asked if there was some way it could be redone so she could use it in her apartment. The two of them began hatching a plan, and then this weekend Joie and I took the plunge and actually cut into the almost 100 year old fabric.
While I can’t reveal all of details of the plan (oh, that we had all those details!), I can certainly share some of the beautiful crewel work that we’re trying to preserve –
I’d have loved to have stayed longer to help with the actual construction, but that was not to be this time. I’ll be sure to share the finished product once it’s completed and been gifted!
Of course, no sisters weekend would’ve been complete without a little bit of time with ALL the sisters, so we made sure to have a nice long video call with Elna. Besides, she was a huge help with identifying folks in all those old photos!
It was such a lovely weekend – it brought back so many wonderful memories and we made some new ones to boot! The older we get the more we value, no – treasure, each and every moment we get to be together. And the fact we had ice cream for lunch one day didn’t hurt one little bit!
Thanks for coming along as I walked down my memory lane…..
Doug got it right – Beautiful Lake Tahoe!
We were there just under 10 years ago – May of 2010
And while we drove all the way around Lake Tahoe, we never did find the Ponderosa!
Here’s the album of some of my Lake Tahoe photos – Lake Tahoe
Some mighty pretty country out there!
Since we just ‘celebrated’ our 16th anniversary of Life on the Road, I thought it would be interesting to look back on some other early August posts to see where we were, and what was going on! So here is a post from August 1, 2008 as I reflect on the beginning of Year Five for us! (And as an editorial note, Gary still does his daily journal, and that spreadsheet is still going strong (though Gary manages that now!)! Oh – and the plant lives on too!)
First Day of Year Five – August 1, 2008
Can that really be true? Today begins day ONE of our fifth year on the road. And it is only fitting that we spent part of the day actually ON the road! 🙂 We made our short trip from Green Forest, AR to Springdale, AR without event – but I did manage to take a good “on the road” shot of our faithful traveling companion – our jade plant –
See how she’s grown?
For virtually every day since we have been on the road Gary has kept a journal. He records what he read for devotions, where we stayed, and what he did (or we did if we did something together). Sometimes he notes where we ate, and he always notes where we stayed (or at least where the RV was parked).
It looks like this –
God’s truths are eternal and unchanging
Devotions – Millers (the Sower couple that led our group devotions)
-closed up fence near barns
-worked on horse feed troughs
-covered A/C cond. fan
-checked on equipment shipments (A/C)
Lunch & Dinner at TC
Sower (that’s where we were parked).
He has done this every day since we left on August 1, 2004. And since he has kept such good records, I can tell you that we have been parked at Sower projects for 984 nights, campgrounds -82, Flying J – 7, Wal-marts – 70, at friends and family – 191, Rest Areas – 16, Home – 36, miscellaneous – 26. When I’m trying to figure out just when we were at such and such a place, he says – “wait, let me look it up”. And he does. Amazing.
On the other hand, I have been the keeper of the spreadsheet. We have tried diligently to record all of our expenses, from the diet cokes we buy when we travel to the insurance we carry to the money we spend in tolls. It’s not nearly as interesting as what we did when, but we do try to be careful with what we spend – after all, we’re spending the kids’ inheritance! 🙂
And hasn’t it been fun!
More reflections later…….
Ah, beautiful Montana! Wide open spaces and big sky! It was fun to read over this post from 2016 as we wrapped up our time in Montana. Kinda makes me want to schedule another jaunt out that way!
Last Weekend in Montana – 8/14/2016
Our time in Montana is drawing to a close (we head to Idaho on Friday), so I wanted to make sure we filled our last weekend with a bit more Montana beauty. We put about 200 miles on our truck again on Friday, but all of them were paved. And I think all of them were lovely! Our destination – Flathead Lake – one of the largest natural freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi.
We came up Rte 28 from the west (bottom of map) and drove the entire circumference of the lake. The drive TO the lake (almost 50 miles) was lovely in and of itself!
But when the lake came into view – Oo-la-la!
We made a couple of stops along the way – either at fishing access spots or pulling into some of the many state parks that dot the edges. Each little mini-stop was full of delights!
A panorama from one of the fishing/boat access areas –
A glimpse of just how clear the water is –
Lakeside camping at one of the state parks –
As the road continued around the lake,
we stopped at a pull-out that seemed to have a little access to path down to the lake.
Look, there’s a dock down there! With Gary shaking his head, I traipsed down the path with my Croc sandals on (only slipping a time or two and never with any bodily injury) and was greeted with this beautiful view-
Seemed like a random place for a dock, but no one asked me. 🙂
This area is also known for Flathead Cherries. Along the Eastern shoreline there are a myriad of cherry orchards, and we finally gave into the temptation and purchased our own bag.
Which may or may not have been empty by the time we got home. Just sayin’.
We enjoyed a great lunch out at one of the many lakeside eateries, and finished up the drive in style.
As we drove home I was once again struck with the the pioneer history of this area. Seeing these random shacks, still standing in the middle of a field, makes me wonder-
Cattle drive shack?
We passed an old barn that I tried unsuccessfully to get a good clear shot of (always a challenge in a moving truck with traffic behind us), but when I cropped it down, I really liked how it turned out.
Oh, the mystery of the history!
It was, to be sure, a great day!
Saturday was a bit quieter. We stayed around camp, which had just said good-bye to their last batch of summer campers. The summer staff took the opportunity to have some end-of-summer fun
by getting the director’s car up on the dining hall porch. (Not so sure he was that thrilled when he returned from his board meeting, but at least they cleaned it out before they moved it, and got his wife’s permission.)
That evening we gathered by the river and got to witness the baptism of one of the summer staffer!
It is so exciting to see the Lord working mightily in the lives of these young people! Not to mention all of the lives that were touched throughout the summer.
This morning all of the staff left for their end of summer staff retreat, so it’s especially quiet around here today. But the sun was shining as we drove to church
and we were blessed to be worshiping outside on this glorious Lord’s Day!
And it didn’t hurt that the worship service was followed by a picnic and some great fellowship!
So that about wraps up our weekend here at Camp Bighorn. We did get a couple of chores done over the weekend (let’s be real – mostly I was sewing!), and as the week progresses we’ll be tying up loose ends and finishing up our SOWER assignments. Seems like we just got here – and soon it will be time to move on down the road!
Thanks for stopping by – hope your weekend was blessed also!
PSSST – there are a couple more Flathead Lake photos HERE if you’re interested!