Archive for the ‘Scenery’ Category

Traveling from Arizona to the Northwest

June 29, 2020

We left hot Phoenix and traveled through several states to get to the Northwest. What a beautiful drive it was!

We even had a free place to stay that we could have a small campfire. That was nice.

We did get into a dust storm in Monument valley which tore loose our awning. Kent pulled over and did what he could to secure it for our travels. Duct tape helped too!

We arrived at Kent’s mom’s farm and had a few days before we went to help our son and family. That was our last blog.

A video of our travels!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A fun day “ Joy riding” in the desert with friends

February 10, 2020

Yes, we went joy riding, but in our friend’s desert machine. I think it is called “The General” by Polaris. It is a four seater vehicle with seatbelts, windshield and even cup holders. It is very comfortable even when going over very rough terrain. We had a blast!

Our friend Dwain took us. His wife, Debbie is at a Gourd festival where people carve gourds into beautiful works of art! So we went with Dwain and two other men in a separate vehicle, a 2 seater Can Am . I got some pictures of them.

After getting gas, we took off across the desert.

Dwain knew where we were to meet up with the others. We drove on “trails” although some of the time Dwain decided to do a different trail. He was cautious enough and downshifted when necessary to climb a bit easier. The desert is starting to blossom. There were yellow Bottlebrush in bloom and I also saw some pink Penstemon as well as a variety of other desert plants.

We stopped for a late breakfast at a smallish diner and then back on the trails. We even saw some mines, Dwain knows about mines and said they were probably not gold mines though.

The scenery was great and it was a warmer day so much more enjoyable, although we did layer up with coats etc because of there were no windows in the vehicle. We did get dusty, as my water bottle here shows.

This was clean when we started. I didn’t even realize how the dust was collecting!

We drove some trails along a canal of water. This video shows the other vehicle going along the other side of the canal. This appears to be upside down. And I can not fix that, BUT when you press play or the arrow.. it plays properly! It shows you how fast we were going on this part of the trail.

We stopped at an old cemetery.

The oldest date we could make out was 1924. It reminded me of the Wild West the way the graves looked.

I climbed to the top of the hill where there was a cross. Going up wasn’t so hard but coming down with loose rocks all around my feet was harder. I went slowly and held on to the rocks and scrub bushes to make it down. View from the top..

After stopping here we went looking for some old mines. Again the desert scenery was beautiful!

I made a video to show you a bit more of what we saw. There is a lot of farming around Yuma, mostly salad stuff and broccoli and cauliflower. Beautiful green fields stand out in the desert landscape.

Thank You Dwain! For a full and wonderful day!

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Enjoying the fall colors and friends

November 16, 2019

We started our trip south with a mission conference in Seattle. Seattle Missions Fest is always a highlight for us and usually is the first place we stop on our way south. This year it was held at Crossroads Community Church. Many missions are invited to have booths and share what they are doing around the world. There are seminars and main speakers too. In our off time, we were able to chat with many friends. Some dear friends were there with their adult daughters that we have known for years. That was so good to see them again! While in Seattle we also got to attend our former church. It was great to reconnect there as well.

Then we drove to Portland for several days. Kent was able to spend a day at Multnomah University talking to students about serving the Lord overseas. I had a special day to hang out with another dear friend, Rachel. It was near our birthdays which are one day apart and we just had a wonderful time!


But each day we had great trips. We drove over the mountains in Oregon. Then our temps dropped to even 14 overnight. But we were fine and enjoyed the beautiful fall colors along the way. We drove through a corner of California, far from any of the fires!

We then took each day to go a bit further south and east to reach Phoenix before my birthday. I enjoy the traveling but wanted to be settled before my birthday, it was a big one…65, and I was having some difficulty in getting used to the idea of being 65. We did make it in time day was celebrated and I am getting used to the idea!

Thanks for anyone who prayed for us as we traveled! We do not take your prayers nor God’s protection for granted, but appreciate it greatly! We are going to be in Phoenix for 2 months and then we are not sure where. Stay tuned for the next adventure!

A video of some of the sights we saw as we traveled. We started out in rain but as we went along we enjoyed the colors and then mountains and even the early morning fog!

God bless,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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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