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Mondays are for Memories…12 years ago!

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 –

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See how she’s grown?
Jade 2007

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 –
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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)
Played cards
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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…….

Mondays are for Memories – MONTANA!!!

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.
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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!
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But when the lake came into view – Oo-la-la!
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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 –
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A glimpse of just how clear the water is –
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Lakeside camping at one of the state parks –
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As the road continued around the lake,
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we stopped at a pull-out that seemed to have a little access to path down to the lake.
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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-
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Seemed like a random place for a dock, but no one asked me. 🙂
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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.
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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.
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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-
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Original homestead?
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Cattle drive shack?
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???
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.
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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
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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!
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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
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and we were blessed to be worshiping outside on this glorious Lord’s Day!
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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!

Steph

PSSST – there are a couple more Flathead Lake photos HERE if you’re interested!

The Answer and a Memory

Good morning! I had some good guesses over on Facebook (Utah, Blue Ridge, Glacier) and although one of them guessed the correct state (California) no one got the correct place. Don’t feel bad, Gary couldn’t guess either and he was IN one of those pictures! This week’s mystery spot was Kings Canyon National Park. Here’s the post (with many more pictures of that beautiful area!) from October of 2016.

Kings Canyon and Giant Trees – October 24, 2016
One of our other goals (along with getting to Yosemite) while we were at Sugar Pine Camp was to get back to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park which was only about 100 miles away (which in the overall scheme of our life is pretty darn close!). We had visited the “Sequoia” part of the park back in February of 2009, but since it was, after all February, the Kings Canyon part was closed. Too. Much. Snow. Here’s the Sequoia Visitor Center on the day we visited in 2009-
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so you can see why snow might have been an issue. So this time, while there was a bit of overlap, we were focused on Kings Canyon (northern and higher altitude) section of the park.
Once we started east from Fresno, the drive started to climb.
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and the views became expansive.
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Our first stop in the park was the Grant Grove area – home to the General Grant Tree and a beautiful walk through some giant sequoias.
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The General Grant Tree is also known as America’s Christmas Tree (designated by President Calvin Coolidge in 1926).
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(It looked a little more “Christmas-y where we were here last time -)
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Those giant sequoias are amazing
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but we really wanted to make our way to Kings Canyon. So on we went!
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We did check out a couple of stops along the way – one was a short hike into Grizzly Falls, which unlike Yosemite Falls, actually had some water falling.
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And such beautiful clear water it was!
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Once we made it to the bottom of the canyon, we followed the path of the Kings River.
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We also took a hike through Zumwalt Meadow, which was part meadow
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and part not-so-much-meadow.
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It was a beautiful hike and after we continued on to the end of the road, we turned around and just un-wound the trip down. I confess that somehow, the trip back seemed much more dramatic. Might have been because now we were in the outside lane!

From the steep canyon walls
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to the realization of just how far down DOWN was once we started to climb out of the canyon.
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(Still not sure you can get the real feel for how steep it was – but it was pretty impressive, believe me!)
One last stop on the way home was to drive by Hume Lake –
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Sure would’ve liked to set a spell in those chairs!

Soon we were headed back to Sugar Pines –
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and a nap!

Thanks for coming along on our Kings Canyon excursion. If you’d like to see some additional photos (you knew that was coming, right?), you can check them out (in reasonable order of the day) HERE!

[Since this is also a Monday (as in Mondays are for Memories), if you’d like to check out the photos from our 2009 trip to the Sequoias, just click HERE!]

Don’t know the details….

Facebook (for all its good, bad and ugliness) reminded me today of something that happened 5 years ago.

Ah – an early spring Girls’ Week in 2015. What wonderful and precious memories! Back in January, when we were having our Sisters’ Winter Getaway, we started talking about what GW20 was going to look like. There were lots of things to consider – some of them were health related, some of them were just plain logistical complications. And things have not gotten any less complicated with the arrival of COVID-19 and the ensuing restrictions and cautions. But we do know that, in some shape or form, LORD willing,  it WILL happen. Count on it!

Meanwhile we’ll just keep on Zooming on Tuesdays at Two!!