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Arriving in Arizona

November 15, 2018

We arrived in Arizona one day before my birthday. We like to be close enough to a big city to enjoy the free things to do. Did you know that on your birthday you can have a free grand slam at Denny’s? All you have to do is show I’d that had your birthdate on it! We also went to Mimi’s Cafe for a buy one get one entree.. and Red Robin for a free burger if you sign up on their website! You should try it sometime? Look on the internet to know what you have to do to qualify!

Then we wanted to visit with several local pastors. Kent had lunch with one in Benson. We both traveled to encourage the pastors and their wives in Bisbee and Douglas, Arizona.

Douglas is on the border and even a border patrolman went to the church. It was and interesting conversation with him! These churches are doing well but all pastors can use some encouragement.

While driving to these towns we went through historic Tombstone! We stopped and walked the streets and saw the historic buildings etc. when silver was discovered nearby a town grew rapidly. It was once many thousand people here some sites say as many as 15,000. There was a lot of the “old west” feel in the town still. although a much calmer town than when the gunfight took place here between Wyatt Earp and the Clanton’s and others. Check this site out to know more about the town.

http://www.tombstoneaz.net/the-history-of-tombstone.html

We also saw the town of Bisbee.. it was also a mining town but instead of silver it was cooper. It was still being mined into the year of 2000, but has now been abandoned. The town is a bit of a eclectic artisan community now and it seemed to me to be struggling to keep alive. This link will give you a little history.

https://westernmininghistory.com/towns/arizona/bisbee/

Since we were going to visit and encourage pastors and their families,.. we didn’t do a lot of sight seeing, but we did stop to take some pictures of the mine and from the pictures you can certainly see the bright copper color in the soil.

Grateful,

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

Visiting another of Kent’s cousins

November 11, 2018

Cousin Connie and husband Steve have supported us for years as well. They are in the process of moving to New Mexico. So we stopped in to see them there. The first night we went to a nice East Indian restaurant and I really enjoyed that food! Again the conversation flowed and we didn’t lack for any silences! We haven’t seen them for about 4 years so we had a lot to catch up on.

Steve had to fly on Saturday so after we hosted a breakfast at our house, we all rode with Connie to take him to the airport. Then we stopped by to see the Petroglyphs Park. That was awesome and it gave us some exercise while we visited! We stayed another night and visited with Connie again all day. It was so nice to catch up a little on their lives too! Again grateful for supporters and also those who are family!

The second day we were hanging out with Connie we went to downtown Santa Fe again. We had a coffee and walked around and went to see if the beautiful Catholic Church was open so we could see the inside. Unfortunately we got there too late to see the inside, but we walked around to see the prayer garden around back. There was a couple there that asked us to take their picture, which we were glad to do..and afterwards we got talking. Wow, their adult son had just died of cancer and they were grieving but also celebrating his life. They showed us picture of him and his beautiful amazing art work. We also could celebrate with them and also grieve for their loss. We prayed with them and felt God was in our presence with all of us! You never know when you will meet someone who needs encouragement and God dropped us in this couple’s life at that moment. We came away blessed by them too! Awesome!

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Visiting in Kansas City, Missouri

October 10, 2018

For those of you who are new friends or followers, our family lived for 9 years in Kansas City, Missouri. Kent worked here for 8 years, but we had ministered with them for 26 years before we felt God moved us on to WorldVenture.

So to say we have a lot of contacts and connections and friends and even an “adopted” son and his family here, is to say we loved living here!

We arrived here and immediately found some old friends to chat with. We have not been here for 5 years so there is a lot to catch up on. Even with all the means of phoning and knowing and seeing pictures of friends and their families… it is not the same as having a face to face conversation. And that is what we did! We had a lot of them while we were here in KCMO.

We did see our adopted “son”, Pat and wife Loree and their youngest son Ethan first off. We had lunch at Chick-fila, which allowed Ethan aged 7 to use the play area, while the adults had conversation! It was so good to see them and talk to them again! We do hope to see their older two children who were in school at the time of our lunch together.

We also had the opportunity to have coffee break with former colleagues at Avant headquarters. Some of those who had impacted our lives for ministry and some that we had impacted all were there. It was a wonderful time of seeing old friends and catching up a little on their lives as well. It was a blessing!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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

Traveling on

October 7, 2018

So we left the campground in Ohio and traveled on.. we decided to stay on a red road..which means going through small towns and not the highways. We love to see these small towns and the farms that often accompany these towns. So you will see from my pictures that we enjoyed lots of beautiful scenery!

You can enjoy the pretty scenery through southern Indiana. A very pretty state!

It was a relaxing day and you might be able to see that we stayed at a Walmart that night. We were very grateful for the day!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

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

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