Posts Tagged ‘Scenery’

Traveling some more

October 13, 2020

We left Oregon and started south to California but stayed on the eastern side of the Sierra Mountains. It should have been a beautiful drive…but the fires this summer and therefore the smoke from them impeded most of the views of the Sierras. Also because of Covid many museums etc were not open. We traveled on highway CA 395. We do WANT to go back someday.

Since the places that were open were the parks and we decided to go and see the Bristlecone Pine Forest near Bishop. I had seen brochures about this park and was very excited to see them! Apparently these trees are some of the oldest in the world. They were very interesting for sure!

We had to drive up to the Bristlecone Pine forest which was at over 10,000 feet elevation but where we had stayed the night was 4,150 feet. So it was quite a climb and our little Smart car did great! At about 9,000 feet we stopped and took a short hike. It felt like we were on top of the world although these pictures don’t show the awesomeness of this view. We could see several mountain ranges.

We walked to the edge to get this picture!

After we got to the top, there were several hikes you could take. We decided to do the 1 mile hike. As we climbed there was additional 300 feet elevation, and at some points quite a climb. I was a bit winded at the top, but it was a great view of these old trees! The trees are very gnarly and very old. Think of all they had to survive at this altitude over 10,000 feet elevation and it is believed that they are some of the oldest trees in the world.

The walk down on the path had some places where it was actually more than a little precarious! If you slipped off the path, there was nothing to stop you from falling several hundred feet! I must say I was very glad to be down but still was very glad to have done the climb!

This forest is a must see for people that love trees!

Love, 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

We left Kentucky today after a month

October 1, 2013

We are back “on the road again” as a popular country song goes…

As we drove away from Kent’s brother’s cable business office, we found it hard to realize that our Rv house was parked there for a little over a month. We have traveled from it so much. I will tell you about that in another blog.  Right now we are off the road for the night and able to get some office work done. We are both a bit tired from all the travels of September.

But let me tell you first about where we have been parked. Kent’s oldest brother, Ron

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owns a cable company which offers cable, telephone and internet in a small town north of Lexington, KY where he stills resides with his wife named Jan.

Yes, his wife’s name is also JAN. We sometimes have interesting experiences when we are together because of our names being the same. Here we are with Alicia their daughter who is the same age as our daughter Kara. Jan and I got to see each other a bit during our time here and that was fun.

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It was so nice to park here. Ron was kind enough to put in a 30 amp outlet for us and so we were very comfortable here. Here you can see his satellite dishes on the backside of his property.

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We are parked on the west side of the building so we could see the sunset.

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Here is a better shot of the view that we had from our side window. There is a small lake that we could see and the beautiful rolling hills all around us. It was so peaceful until the neighboring medical clinic had a helicopter rescue to do. Then off went the helicopter right over our RV…but that didn’t happen very often.

Here you can see the name of Ron’s company is KRCC. which stands for Kentucky Ridge Country Communications.

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We had some beautiful sunsets here.

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Ron used his bucket truck to get some of these pictures, so here he is in it…

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One of our first days there Ron had to climb this tower to fix a problem. That tower is at least 40 feet tall.

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This one picture is a bit out of focus but you can still see him way up there…

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We wanted to do something as a thank you for them allowing us to park here. So we could see they needed some landscaping done. We bought the plants and Ron and Kent roto-tilled the soil.

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Kent and I planted the next day.

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Of course, this is the kind of work I like!!! SInce I have don’t any all summer I was a bit sore though afterwards! Hah!   All done in short order, really one day! This is one of the sides but both are planted almost alike.

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So thanks Ron for allowing us to stay near your office and to get to see you a bit more often than if we had parked elsewhere.

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Love from Jan for the Roaming Reimers