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Texas Interval

Although we won’t be doing an official SOWER project next month, it’s not really going to be one of those sit-back-and-relax months. It’ll be full of airplane rides, meetings, quilts, grandboys, and chickens. (Check out the “So Where are We Now” page for more details on that!)

But before we get started on that, here’s a little slide show of our trip from New Life Ranch, Frontier Cove (NW of Tulsa) to the SOWER Office (90 miles east of Dallas)) via Yukon, OK (just a bit west of Oklahoma City). The Yukon “via” enabled us to connect with friends from our ‘previous lifetime’ whom we hadn’t seen since we waved good-bye from the church parking lot in August ’04! So sweet to catch up with them!

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
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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
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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!
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(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

On the Road Again, Again

In the spirit of Monday’s are for Memories, and the fact that we today we were indeed “on the road again”, I decided to look back to see what other ‘on the road’ posts I’ve done over the years. Turns out I’ve done quite a few! Here’s one from almost exactly 15 years ago –

April 24, 2006 – On the Road Again!

After a wonderfully busy weekend (Friday back in Jamison to wrap up some loose ends with the house, Saturday to Lancaster to meet up with some SOWER friends, Sunday back to Lancaster to worship with and visit with a dear friend whose husband had recently passed away, and then this morning we even squeezed in a factory tour at Herr’s Snack Foods – with warm chips and everything!), we packed Lizzie up and began our trek northward. It was hard to leave Sandy Cove. We loved working with our friends, the Walkers, and staff was very warm and welcoming. It was a blessing to be able to help them get ready for their busy camping/retreat season. And such a beautiful spot! Living among the trees in the spring time was a delight. Sneezing aside, we were able to literally watch spring burst! One night last week we took a drive out to Turkey Point Lightstation. We walked out to the lighthouse and enjoyed the sunset. I promise to get some of those pictures posted. It was so beautiful!
So tonight we’re at the Danbury, CT, Walmart and the next several days will be filled with friends and family. Ah, that will be lovely! Our final destination will be Straight Ahead Ministries in Hubbardston, MA. Don’t know what will be in store there, so I’ll keep you posted.
But something tells me I’ll get to watch Spring spring all over again!
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Since I was doing pictures a bit differently back then (I think I had a separate photo’s page) I tracked down my Flickr album of photos from our time at Sandy Cove (including that lovely lighthouse!). Here you go –


(Or you can check them out over on Flickr HERE!)

Tonight (April 26, 2021)we are safely parked at the shop (in Mocksville, NC) where we’ll be getting new sunshades for Lizzie in the morning. And then it’s on to Ohio!!
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Home again, home again, Jiggity jig

Ah…..Home.

Although driving through Atlanta last Saturday morning at 4:40 AM was a good plan
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there was no such option on the way home. Thankfully, though the traffic was steady, and sometimes slow, it never caused too much of a delay
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and we were home from our 6 day, 4 motel, 1600+ mile sling-shot trip to Texas in daylight.
We’ve dragged in most of our travel debris (ugh – unpacking!), left non-critical items in the truck to be dealt with tomorrow, and had some junk food for dinner.
Tomorrow we’re off again to our April project, so the only thing on this girl’s agenda is her own bed and her own coffee in the morning!
Hope you’re snug as a bug in a rug wherever you are laying your head tonight!
A very tired…..
Steph

Mondays are for Memories – Joy in the Journey

CraterLake-19I was talking with our kids in Waco today, and they are chilled.to.the.bone. The roads are snow and ice covered (have you ever seen a snow plow in central Texas?), the temps are barely reaching the twenties, and there are ‘rolling blackouts’ as communities try and conserve electricity. As my dear daughter-in-law (who moved to TX to escape winter) said – “Texas, you have betrayed us!” Since I am not chilled to the bone these days, I thought I’d look back to a time when we came across some crazy snow in late April, 2016.

Joy in the Journey – May 2, 2016
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Sometimes we drive just to get to our destination. Sometimes it’s even a long drive. But this last week, while our drive was long (almost 1300 miles) and we were pointed at a final destination (Lake Retreat Camp in Ravensdale, WA (SE of Seattle)) we tried to take that road less traveled when it was possible and take time to stop and smell the roses (or walk in the snow as the case may be) along the way.
Want to come along?
Heading on our way! After 4 months in the desert we're excited to be heading to some trees! Washington, here we come! Oregon, we'll be enjoying you along the way. 🚍 🌳 #ontheroadagain
Although we did have to hop on to Interstate 5 for a bit to get through Sacramento, we mostly drove on Route 99 and then 97. Rte 97, in fact, took us from Weed, California right through Oregon and almost up to I90 in Washington. We drove through valleys, scaled (or so it seemed) mountains, crossed rivers and drove along beautiful lakes.
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Along with the gallery of pictures below, HERE is a link to the album on Flickr. (I’ve put captions on most of the pictures, but apparently unless you click on each picture, you won’t be able to see them. I’ll have to talk to Flickr about that!)


Our two main stops were –
Lava Beds National Monument
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Have you ever heard of this place?
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It was very interesting – lots of lava, beautiful views
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and lots of caves to explore. We weren’t really expecting to go spelunking, so we stuck with the one lighted cave (Mushpot) and one other that seemed pretty easy (Skull). As in no duck-walking or crawling easy. Yeah, we’re not into that. Of course, my phone died just as we were entering the Skull cave – so you’ll have to trust me that it was pretty cool!
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The caves found in this park were created by flows of smooth lava thousands upon thousands of years ago. In another part of the park was a huge rock outcrop with petroglyphs –
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I’ll confess that the petroglyphs were a little disappointing, but the rock itself was fabulous!
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(Full album can be seen HERE!)
and (continuing the sentence back a couple of pictures!)
Crater Lake!
We’d heard about how stunning it was – and I’m sure there is a lot more to do in the summertime when things are actually open,
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but draped in the beauty of snow – this was still a crazy beautiful experience!
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We are so glad we bundled up and stopped to see this amazing lake that was formed when a volcano erupted and collapsed upon itself. So beautiful!
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More snowy pictures HERE!

We thoroughly enjoyed our drive from the desert to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The scenery was varied, fuel prices were low(ish), our stops were outstanding, and arrival at Lake Retreat welcome!
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We caught sight of Mt. Rainier today on our way home from church –
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Looks like there will be more ‘sploring in our future!

PS – Here’s a music video of the song “Joy in the Journey” by Michael Card. It’s not so much about RV travel (not at all, actually), but about our journey with Christ. It’s worth a listen if you have a minute (or 3).