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Ketchikan, Alaska

October 17, 2019

After those wonderful days in Thorne Bay, Alaska we hopped on another float plane and flew back to Ketchikan for a week. We were here to visit the church we helped to establish 35 years ago. We have been back to visit but not for over 20 years. I wanted to visit those who remembered us and our old neighbor too. We were hosted by a couple that Kent had trained when they were starting with the mission and we also caught up with another couple that he had trained at the mission headquarters more than 20 years ago!

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Ketchikan and all of South East Alaska is a very transient society. So only one couple still knew us from the 80’s. They arranged for us to have a car and meals with different people in the church. They also hosted us and we got to catch up with them about others that were mutual friends. After several hours that we so enjoyed, we left them and drove around a bit to see what was different in the town.

Ketchikan is still a relatively small town but has tourism as its main industry now. When we lived here is was fishing, logging, pulp mill and salmon cannery plus some tourism. Now they have sometimes 6 huge cruise ships in in any one day. It makes a smallish town overcrowded during the hours they ships are in town. But it is a industry that is keeping the town going at present. Again God gave us some beautiful days and we met some wonderful new friends.

The church built a new building since when we left the in 1983, and we have seen it before but it was special to be back there. Calvary Bible Church is doing well and we had met the pastor and his wife before so it was good to see them again.

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We also had a nice gift from our hostess. She worked at a logging exhibition show for the tourists.. she got us free tickets to go to one. That was a fun treat and afterwards we stopped to get a halibut fish and chips lunch!

Kent and I also got to visit some people from the church as well with our friend. We used to do a lot of visiting when we pastored the church so it felt like old times!  We also met with all the people that came through our hosts house which were many. They’ve  reach out to loads of different people in the church and community. He works as a coach and teacher at the local high school and she used to teach too. He also works on the dock for security for the cruise ships part time. And they used to run the mission’s camp outside of Juneau. So they have lots of contacts in the town.

We also got to see our dear friend and neighbor, Jean. She and her husband were such good friends and we have kept in touch with our newsletters and visited when in town. I knew Jean was a widow now and I was so glad to see her and we even had an hour or so to visit. She is doing well for her age.

 

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Another very special trip, Thorne Bay, Alaska

October 16, 2019

In thinking of our 40th year in missions that we celebrated last year, we also wanted to get back to South East Alaska where we ministered and lived in the early 80’s. It had been about 20 years since we had been there so it took a bit of planning. We did finally have our plans made and reservations done and tickets purchased. We flew once again through Seattle and so were graciously hosted by Kent’s first cousin Denny and wife Jeri, whom we dearly love!

So flying from Seattle to Ketchikan and then hopping on a float plane, (similar to what Kent used to fly). We flew to Thorne Bay. It was a logging camp that then turned to a town. It was about 500 in the camp days with families living there and stores etc to care for their needs. We found the town some changed from our last visit. Still population is about 500 but only a little private logging going on. Some fishing and mostly tourism is the main industry now. Tourists one for an Alaskan experience of fishing and some hunting and some even hiking etc.

We got to stay with friends that we have known since we lived in Ketchikan. They now run a bed and breakfast so we had wonderful accommodations and great foo while in Thorne Bay! It was fun to hear about their lives nd even meet some of their family that lives in Thorne Bay too! They even leant us their truck so we could explore a bit.

We were so excited to see the church and meet the many new people there. The pastor allowed Kent to speak and he was well received. Pastor Ron and wife Mary were so wonderful and even hosted a bunch of us for a picnic and then a walk around a lake on Sunday. God gave us such wonderful weather and we loved that walk! here is a picture of the lake!

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And a picture of some of the group on the boardwalk that was our walkway part of the walk.

We really enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. We were so encouraged by our time with the people of the Church of Thorne Bay.

After 5 days we got back on a float plane and flew back to Ketchikan for a week there! We had even better weather flying back. This planes brings the mail and many other packages several times a day to Thorne Bay as well as passengers!

 

Here is a video of the beautiful Prince of Wales Island and especially around Thorne Bay. Just click on this link. Enjoy!

Sharing a birthday with a special friend

September 14, 2019

Ed, and his wife Goldie have been friends of Kent’s family when he was young, Ed also was Kent’s Sunday school teacher as a child. So he has known them for years. Ed and Goldie were never able to have children because she had MS many years ago, but we were the blessed ones as they sort of adopted our family! They love our kids, nd grandkids too.

A few years ago Goldie’s mental condition worsened and Ed with the help of hospice nurses found a great place for her to live. Goldie has wonderful caregivers and Ed visits her three times a week.

He had broken his hip in March and had recovered well, but had a knee on the same leg that gave him a great deal of pain and made it very difficult to walk much.

We knew Ed’s Birthday was coming up and we wanted to do something special with him. When we asked him, he said that he would like to take a drive to see Mt Baker. Mt Baker is the local snow capped mountain that is about one hours drive from where we are living. It is 10,781 feet but the fact that it is so close to the coast.. it is a massive mountain with its base starting at almost sea level. It actually has two mountains, with Mt Shuskan on the east side of Mt Baker. It is a beautiful drive and with good weather you could see a long way.

At the top of the mountain there is a place to park, but no place to get food so I packed a picnic lunch and the picnic tables were hard to get to, sooo we ate in our car! Also once we reached the top we saw a dozen old cars there. When we got out to stretch our legs we walked over to look at them. They were all Dodge Brothers cars( early Dodge cars). Ed and Kent knew about them and as we walked around and talked to the owners we found out they were having a rally and had decided to drive to the top of Mt Baker too. It was fun for Ed to visit with these folks too as they enjoyed these old cars together.

You can do some climbing and hiking at the top and most do. And Ed and his wife Goldie have many times. But today Ed was content to look and see.

It was a wonderful day for this drive and a special friend to spend this time with.

Happy Birthday, Ed!

A video highlighting the ride and the mountain!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting Las Vegas

April 17, 2019

Yes, we were in Las Vegas and we did see “The Strip” one time. But since we went there for other reasons… to see and visit Kent’s aunt and first cousin Karen and husband Tim.

As I already blogged we also met up with our daughter, 4 year old Ivan and husband Nick in Las Vegas. We went with them to see the Hoover Dam.

But after they left we had some time to check out first a Wetlands area near the city. It is actually the watershed for the Las Vegas water. It was a beautiful green park in the outskirts of the city, we enjoyed a nice walk here and the visitor center.

We also got to go with Kent’s aunt to see Mt Charleston nearby. Now when we set out it was supposed to be the hottest day in Las Vegas so far, 85 degrees. So we had prepared for that…but never were prepared for the climb to over 8,000 feet and snow capped mount that we were in within an hours drive of desert Las Vegas .

It was amazing and beautiful! There was a lodge a near the top and we stopped nd looked around and then later had lunch at another lovely venue. Aunt Chris took us there the very day after Kent’s father died, and it made it a nice treat for us! Thanks Chris!

Who would have thought that there was this kind of beauty so close to the desert of Las Vegas! A wonderful treat!

Watch this short video that shows these two places and a lunch with Chris and Karen and Tim. It was a good visit!

Video link: https://vimeo.com/330931188

Jan, for the Roaming Reimers

Yuma and Quartzsite, Arizona

February 5, 2019

Quartzsite, Arizona is an interesting town. We went there to spend some tine with dear friends that we have known for about 8 years now. We met Dwain and Debbie when at a RV rally we were parked beside each other. They drive their rig with a big white Volvo and have a rig of the same company as ours. So we have some things in common from the very start. We do enjoy being with them. Debbie is quite an artist! She made this out of  gourd and feathers nd lots of hazard work! She is taking it to a craft show for gourds. I hope the gets first place!

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Quartzsite is about one hour drive from Yuma and the town is pretty small. I think their normal population is about 3,000 people, but during January and February because of the fairly warm nd moderate temperatures many RVers come to visit the gem and mineral shows and the RV flea market tents with many vendors. It is estimated on Wikipedia that about 1.5 million people come during the winter months. So going here in January means you will have lots of RVs around you. There are some places to park that you pay a nominal fee and others where you can park on Bureau of Land Management Land for free. Just pick your spot, fill out form and you can be there for 14 days free. We have done this a few times. We were going for 5 days with Dwain and Debbie and they had invited others also. In the end our part of the desert had 7-8 rigs of different kinds. We would have an afternoon time to sit and chat and each night, a campfire to sit around. We shared one meal together.

It was a relaxing few days. We went to the RV tents  and that is where they sold anything and everything for RVers. We then went back to Yuma, Arizona to get some work done.

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Kent got to speak at Grace Bible Fellowship. We have known the pastor here for many years. We also knew the former pastor too. Kent has spoken here several times over the years that we have lived in Arizona in the winter. This church is doing great! They had 18 baptisms last year! They are one of the most mixed group of people that we have ever seen. From whites, African Americans, native Quechuan people, motorcycle bikers, homeless, migrant workers , snowbirds from the north and perhaps others too. But God has given all of them grace for each other and their differences! It is always a time to sense the Holy Spirit at work in many lives including ours!

We were in Yuma for most of three weeks and were able to get together with the pastor and his wife several times! They are doing great job and we were encouraged to be there.

Yuma is the salad basket for the United States in the winter! They grow all kinds of cool weather crops in the winter, like lettuces, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage. There may be other things too. I know they grow cotton nd grasses in the summer months when the temps can get over 100 degrees.

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So moments to rest and moments ministering.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Traveling through Texas panhandle and New Mexico

November 14, 2018

As we drive along we see the changing landscapes. It is so nice to be up high in our big Semi-truck cab as we can see things that much better! These past few days we saw the farming land, with cotton, corn, soybeans and some wheat being the prominent crops. We also did pass a few herds of cattle.. after all we did go through the panhandle part of Texas too and they are known for the “longhorn type cattle” there.

We also passed a “wind farm” which consisted of hundreds of modern wind mills, most slowly turning. I am certain that we passed by maybe a thousand of them. we stopped at a rest stop that also had typical wind mill used to get cattle water in the field.

We also have seen solar farms… that of solar cells that are used for gathering solar power for cities.. as the solar cells were huge and many of them!

We started to see the desert vegetation as well. We have seen sage bushes, alive and dead for many miles and now We also saw some cactus plants and lots of Yucca and mesquite, Pablo verde, and creosote trees. These all show up in the desert landscape. We only see Saguaro cactus…that is the big ones with “arms” at certain altitudes and usually closer to Tucson and also in Phoenix. These are what most people consider the “typical” cactus. And they only grow in this part of the world! No where else! They are protected here in Arizona. Interesting!

This short video shows some of the scenery that we saw as we drive through New Mexico.

Enjoy!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Staying at a city park

October 30, 2018

Kent is often looking for free places to park overnight and we do use these spots. In fact for those of you who RV.. you might look into the website called: OvernightRVparking.com. And if you are interested in that, contact Kent at kfrimr@yahoo.com, ok?

He uses this website to find some of the most interesting places to park! Last week it was a spectacular find! It was in a small city park in Elk City, Oklahoma, which not only permitted parking for free for five RVs but provided 50amp electric hookup and water for every other site, and they even had a RV dump site too! You could stay for up to four days free and then you need to move on.

What a find! The icing on the top of that, was that it was on a beautiful little lake. This lake attracts all kinds of birds.. we saw a flock of swans, some egrets, and pelicans and many smaller birds.

We stopped early this day as it was getting grey and overcast so we were here at noon. We were very lucky to get here early as there were tons of other RVers coming by looking for a place to stay, but they were all filled. We did meet another couple in the same type of RV we have, so Kent invited them over for coffee in the afternoon. We had a nice visit and Kent and Dale really hit it off. Since the next day we could still stay here, and it was rainy…we stayed. It was such a relaxing place to sit and read . And I got to do some cooking and baking too. It was indeed a real restful find!

Here is the two views from our back window.. very pretty!

Grateful for great places to rest and recuperate!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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Moving west

October 8, 2018

We traveled on the next day still driving on the little “red ” roads through the small towns and countryside. The United States has a lot more countryside than most people realize, and we find it beautiful! And usually the people are so friendly as well!

Today we drove through southern Illinois. We traveled about 200 miles and took time out for lunch along the way.

We often meet people interested in our rig and carrying our small car on the back of the truck.. it is fairly unique and many people take pictures of us or stop by to ask questions. This happened today at a rest stop. Some trucker came up to Kent and had all kinds of questions. Kent is so patient and answers their questions. I think Kent is a bit flattered as he did a lot of the work and most of the designing of this unit. So he has a right to be a bit proud of it!

At the end of this night we had found another Walmart which allowed people to stay overnight not to far from St Louis, Missouri. Another good night of sleep! We enjoyed the fields of corn and soybeans as we traveled along. Some of the farmers were out harvesting their fields as well. If you look closely at my pictures, you can see they were taken through our trucks windshield while driving… and as the day wore on we had more bugs hit the windshield so they somewhat obscured the view! Hah!

The next day we traveled through Missouri. We have many, many times traveled this highway. We were on a major road now as it was the best route. We are coming to our final long stop along this journey. We were heading for Kansas City, Missouri.

Gratefully,

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

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