Archive for the ‘On the road’ Category

Seeing the Ark Encounter

October 6, 2018

Yes, that is right there is a full sized version of Noah’s Ark built about a half hour drive from the Creation Museum, also in Kentucky. So after our son and family left we traveled to that and had a fun time seeing that ourselves. We knew that these museums were close together and so had thought to see both of them.

They were both fun but I think Kent and I liked the Ark better. I can’t really say why as the Creation museum had more for the kids outside but both are really better for older kids to understand all that it entailed. The Ark Encounter is a bit newer and I felt they did an excellent job of answering all the questions that people often have. Anyway, we really enjoyed it but after two days of lots of slow walking were ready to move down the road.

Here are some pictures from the Ark Encounter:

Seeing the Creation Museum with our son and family

October 5, 2018

When leaving Lexington, Kentucky we knew we weren’t too far from the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. We had wanted to go to see this before we left the area and we also wanted our son’s family to come too. So we went to a campground nearby and invited them to come and stay with us and go to the museum with us. Silas had just turned 13 and I knew he could really take it all in. They also brought along a younger cousin Isabella aged 7 who did great too.

We had a nice breakfast then headed out the ten minutes drive to the museum. It was incredible to see . There was a 30 minute 3D video that depicted Creation from the Bible’s perspective and then walking around the museum itself. It had some nice dioramas with life-sized manikins talking about different aspects of creation. They had a nice display of insects too which was very interesting! Including some rather large beetles. We also enjoyed the petting zoo and botanical gardens which were nice,y arranged. We did have a quick lunch there to allow us to see a bit more time.

After the museum the kids wanted to play at the campground! It had a nice small lake and had boats and paddle boats to use as well as a playground. We were able to have a fire in the evening and even had s’mores to top off the day!

It was a fun time with Josh and to hear about Teresa’s recent three weeks in Kenya, Africa. We also got to see her pictures! It was so nice to see them so soon after her trip and Silas’s 13th birthday! We don’t often get to see Silas near his birthday and it was a treat!

It was a great but short family visit as they had to leave Sunday morning!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

It took awhile to get out of our RV site

October 4, 2018

We had problems getting stuck in the grass and getting into our RV site in Lexington. We were parked on grass so we kept hoping and praying for sunshine to dry things out before we left.. well we got about two days in the first part of our time there that it was sunny! But most of our visit it rained! Some days or nights it even rained very HARD! There was flooding in the area.. Apparently Lexington had 18 inches of rain above the average for the month of September! So we had a very hard time getting out of our spot.

Kent’s brother had his truck and boards of all shapes and sizes and we added our boards that we use for under our jacks that hold us up when not attached to the truck..

We inched Ali g into the place where our truck and the RV hitch could be attached.. it took a lot of maneuvering to get it there plus 3 Hours of patience for all of us…BUT finally we got it hitched up.. you can see the final result was that we could pull out of the space and after checking to see that all was good and loading the car..we did indeed go on to our next destination!

We had a great time in Lexington and with Kent’s brother Ron and wife Jan…but if we ever return we do hope that there will be less rain!

Enjoy the video showing our progress!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

We had a fun time visiting!

September 29, 2018

After our momentous arrival, we have had a blast with Kent’s brother Ron and wife, Jan. We have done so many things with them.

So we enjoyed the sights around Lexington, Kentucky as well as the fun things we did together! We ended up staying longer than we had anticipated because of rainy weather and wanting to see our son and family one more time before heading west.

Lexington is a Horse town! I have loved horses since I was a little girl and my family had a few of them!  The 450 horse farms around town are beautiful and scenic on the rolling bluegrass hills. The area is just so pretty and makes me feel so refreshed as we drove around with Ron and Jan.

 

 

We also got to see the Thoroughbred Park downtown which has life sized horses running a race. Apparently the town used to allow a race through downtown, so I think this commemorates that. Anyway, just looking at these lifesized figures makes you want to be on one of these animals in the race! I could almost “feel” the horse under me as I looked at these figures.

 

 

We also happened to be there when Keeneland racetrack was having their September sales of horses. We got to go there for that as well as seeing the horses train on the track as well. This was not the time that they were racing just now.

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After seeing Keeneland one day it was a pretty day so Ron took us to a lake, with his jet ski. We all got rides before it started raining. It was exhilarating! Can you see how hard it rained on the guys for the back window of the truck.? You can hardly see them as they were tying the tarp down.

 

 

They also took us to a play one evening. That was a fun date night!

We did get to see their two daughters..but missed their son and all the 4 grandsons. But we were grateful that their daughter Julie who lives further away had a reason to come to town. Yeah! Great to see all of you!img_9790img_9753

We also stopped in a fifty’s style diner.. Burgers, fish, fries and shakes. We each had something delicious and in the end had no room for the shakes or floats. Ohh so sorry!

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It had all kinds of signs around that reminded us of our youth and the cars that were used then. And the one about Indian motorcycles reminded us of Kent’s parents now in their 90’s, when they were dating.. Fun!

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We mostly hung out together and talked, visited and just enjoyed each other. The guys did a lot of talking about finances and also all the jobs they’ve had over the years. Who knows when we would be able to do this kind of visit again? It was a real treat!

Thanks again Ron and Jan. It was such a fun time!

Gratefully,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Driving to Lexington, Kentucky

September 27, 2018

We left East Tennessee after several days and we were driving to Lexington, Kentucky. We were here for a few days visit with Kent’s brother Ron his wife, Jan and the family. We have visited them many times over the years and always have a great visit.

This time we were bringing our RV house and Ron had found a small campground close to their house. That was great as we had stayed over a 30 minute drive away at the Lexington Horse Park one time, 9 years ago. While the Horse Park is a beautiful place to stay, it is a long way from where they live.

This small @ 19 sites campground actually is only rented out certain times of the year. We happened to be coming when it was available! Yeah! So Ron made arrangements and we arrived.

When we looked over the sites…they were all on grass and it had rained. So the ground was very soft! We were a bit reluctant to get on it, but Kent planned that he could back in. He tried to and was having some trouble and tried two times… the second time he got stuck! The truck started to slide down the side of the road!

Sooo, Kent called his brother, Ron and asked for his help. He brought some board, shovels and his truck! So they were doing things and another Rver came by and offered to help pull us out too. So both of them hooked up to our truck which was still hooked to our RV house. Here is the video of them helping us:

I do not know why this video is upside down here,BUT if you hit play it is right side up… please play it for your enjoyment! I have tried to fix it but can’t😚!

Thankfully we got out as you can see from the video! And eventually Ron and Kent got us parked! We were so grateful for the help! So we are here for a visit! And glad to be parked for now!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Leaving North Carolina in front of Hurricane Florence

September 24, 2018

We left North Carolina about the time Hurricane Florence was hitting the coast. We went over the mountains and ended up near the Smoky Mountain National Park. We had Sunday there so we went to a very friendly and sweet old time church. We enjoyed being there and hearing the gospel preached!

We then took a day to drive around the Smoky Mountains. Beautiful scenery and a peaceful day! We saw a lot of old houses and of course lots of mountains. It was a bit hazy but still beautiful!

One of the things I liked about Smoky Mountains National Park was it was entirely FREE! Apparently the folks that donated some of the land..which I understand was there ancestral land…wanted anyone at any income level to be able to come to the park anytime! I loved that and what a heritage they left! I felt very relaxed and lifted up in my soul after this day! Thank you Kent for taking the day off to do this!

On our way to the National Park, we drove right through Chestnut Hill, Tennessee where we saw the Food processing plant for Bush Beans and the visitors center. So we decided to stop for the video and to see the visitors center. It was so nice. I liked the attitude of the Bush Family staying in their home area and helping and employing the local people. How nice!

Check out the video of the park too!

 

It was a nice quiet stay!

gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting friends and supporters in Tennessee

September 22, 2018

We lived for nearly 3 years in East Tennessee while Kent was getting missionary pilot training. It was an adjustment for Kent and I but we not only came to understand some of their customs but came to love the people and be loved by them. Our little church that we attended supported us as missionaries for many years. We made many long lasting friends that we treasure and still keep in touch with!

We always get to see and often stay with Larry and Yolanda. We have known them too more than 40 years. We always have a great time with them. We did get to go for a nice walk around a river. It is such a beautiful part of the country too!

And this year Kent had a bit of a maintenance issue on our RV house while we were there. Larry, his help and his tools were a huge help with that project too! Larry also arranged for a place for us to park during our stay…at a campground across from the Bristol Motor Speedway. The brother and sister who own and run this campground were so sweet and kind to us.

Kent did get to speak in our supporting church as well and we saw some of the people we’ve known for that long too! There were also a family that had left the area and then came back.. so we got to see them and their adult kids too. All of which we haven’t seen for a long time too!

I also got to visit with another missionary friend. Joan and her husband were the missionaries that welcomed us to the field in Brazil. Her husband passed away many years ago now. So I had lunch with her to catch up. She is the age that my sister would be (who went to heaven in 2000). And very like a sister to me too! It was a special time with a dear friend!

Grateful for great friends! And these long term friends!

Blessed,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Seeing good friends and supporters

June 18, 2018

This past weekend we went to a town in central Pennsylvania where there is a small church that has supported us for our entire 40 years of ministry. This church is so encouraging to Kent and I and we always come away refreshed!

40 years ago we stayed with a couple that had 2 of their boys about 6 and 8 years old as well as a daughter and older son. These two little boys grew up and are still in this church.. one of them Peter has a son that is 6 now.. and he remarked that his son is the age that he was when he first met us. Wow! That gave all of us perspective on how long this relationship has been. We now stay with this son that is grown up and has several children of his own. We love Peter and Melanie and all of their children.. their older son just graduated and daughter is not far behind. We had a great relaxing time with them. We also saw Ron and Joyce, as Ron traveled with Kent on a missions trip. Ron and Joyce have supported us for many years as well. It was fun seeing their house and garden and his paintings! And Peter’s parents also traveled to Mali, W. Africa on a work team with our whole family. Great memories!

We also stopped in another town about an hour away that another supporter lives in. Thelma has supported us faithfully for many years as well.

And before we left on this trip my aunts and uncles on my mother’s side have been meeting together for lunch every month and so we caught up with them at the restaurant. Some couldn’t make it but we enjoyed those that could.

God is giving us many good visits and we are so grateful for all of these wonderful, supportive people!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Traveling east and finding fun places to stay

June 10, 2018

We have been traveling along many red or country roads for the last few weeks. Kent and I really enjoy that. We both were raised on farms and so really enjoy these drives.

We are always on the look out for low overpasses and small bridges and places to pull off the road safely due to the weight of our RV house and the big truck so we can enjoy all these places. Just the same we do find all kinds of fun places to stay.

Kent has an app for his mobile devices that helps us find some of these places to park overnight for free. Yes, that is right for FREE! Now some of you know that Walmart’s often allow an RV to park overnight in their parking lots. I am sure some of you have seen RVs parking at some Walmarts near you. And we do park at some Walmarts. But there are lots of other places to park for free.

Of course, having friends or family with big enough property for us to park on has been one of the biggest blessings on this trip. And when needed they gave us electric…so we can use either heater(when it is cold) or air conditioning when it is hot or humid! We also got some fresh water from some hosts and several have allowed us to wash our clothes too.

Some of you are wondering what do you do about dumping our tanks? Well, we look for places like campgrounds, fairgrounds and other places that will allow us to dump either for free or a few dollars. Now we are not unwilling to park in a RV campground or other places where we have full hookup BUT we feel like it is like a treasure hunt to find places where we don’t have to pay…to stay.

So here is a collage of some of the places including friend’s houses where we have parked for free… you can see some of them were in the country and some more in the city but all interesting and fun!

We have now traveled through the following states…leaving Arizona, traveling through Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and finally Pennsylvania.

We have driven on a few major highways but many more smaller red or side roads..we try to avoid dirt roads as the stones might damage our RV and truck😒! We love driving through the small towns… some have been as small as less than 100 and of course some large cities as well.

We have met many wonderful people on our way. We have been in churches and even a Cowboy Church in Colorado. We have met people in parks, in parking lots, some stores, in a few restaurants.

And we have seen lots of scenery along the way. From the red rocks of Utah to the rolling hills of Iowa and Nebraska to the flatter farmland of Illinois and Indiana to the beautiful scenery in Michigan and finally the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. We have seen all kinds of crops being raised…corn, soybeans, northern beans, wheat, and alfalfa…this only what we could see from the roads. We heard about hydroponic tomatoes being raised in a huge greenhouse in Nebraska.

We have seen all kinds of herds of cattle, goats, alpacas and a HUGE sheep herd that we had to slowly drive along with them as they were being herded by horse and sheep dog around us and other motorists in Colorado. And in Pennsylvania have seen the many herds of dairy cows.

We have had a lot for fun, finding places for lunch along the way…we try to find a place to stop and have lunch in our RV but often meet some locals in the process. One day in Nebraska a local came to see if we had broken down or needed any help? Kent chatted with him and got to know a lot about the little town we had stopped in! We really enjoy the small towns and don’t mind slowing down to enjoy them.

We also have had tons of people slow down their vehicles as they drive past us. So they can take a picture or video of us and our unusual rig carrying our little smart car…

We find the people of America to be so friendly and helpful! And we love traveling through it to find those people. We feel so fortunate to be a citizen of this great country and able to travel from state to state and meeting all these wonderful people and many of them are our dear friends who have supported us through these 40 years of ministry!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Some more ways God is caring for us

June 5, 2018

When we left hot and humid Michigan and drove to Ohio to see friends.. we realized that the truck’s air conditioning had stopped working! Well, we both looked at each other and said “it was hotter in Brazil” and opened our windows and kept driving.

When we stopped for lunch Kent was able to locate a dealership and they would look at the truck the next morning so once we were parked. We visited Doug and Jo and told them… they prayed and God answered all of our prayers!

The truck repair place said IF it would be less than 4 hours, they could fix it. And they were able to!

Yeah! The last few days in the summer heat and humidity was much more comfortable! Thanks for praying and thank you God!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers