Posts Tagged ‘Trip’

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

Traveling to see friends and rest

October 1, 2020

We left the farm in rain. We traveled in rain for two days, but thankfully since we have found some sunshine!

We were in a bit of a hurry at first so we could see friends along the way for lunch. These friends, both the couple and lady in the picture have hosted us often. It was so nice to have a lunch then continue down the road.

We then traveled to an RV resort we have been in many times. In our 14 years in the road, we think we have been here at least 7 times. We have several friends here as well. Phil we have known since we lived in SE Alaska almost 40 years ago. Last fall Phil and the family lost his wife, Jeannie from cancer. Well, then we had just found out that Phil was diagnosed with cancer too, Phil, helped Kent to do the major modifications to our truck to carry our Smart Car about 5 1/2 years ago. He is a dear friend. So we stopped by to see him. He also had a project for Kent to do. So you can see the picture of him overseeing the work.

We also had a former colleague from WorldVenture here. Doug and his family are such a testimony to us. They served with WorldVenture in Congo and left during the wars years ago after being threatened at gun point for their lives.

Doug even served as our boss for several years. He was preaching at a church nearby, so of course we wanted to hear him. And Doug had just lost his baby sister at 54 year of age, to something in the brain. She was healthy and very active, playing with her teens and suddenly collapsed nd died. This us sooo hard for a family to deal with this sudden inexplicable death. Doug had a great message about “ Casting all our concerns onto the Lord.” It was good for me, as well as very appropriate for their situation. It made our visit with them so sweet!

After our lunch with Doug and family, we decided to go visit the ocean. I LOVE the ocean but we seldom get opportunities to see it. Since we were only about 20 or so miles from the beach, Kent indulged my love!

So you can see a picture of me on the beach near the water, and also one of my in sandals and bare feet and Kent in his shoes! He really doesn’t like sand between his toes!

We then had a few days to rest! Yes, actually rest. We are parked in some beautiful evergreen trees nd are walking each day among them and around this RV park. My body is feeling refreshed from all the work this summer on the farm and my soul and spirit are being refreshed from more time in God’s word and good songs!

I also got to catch up on some correspondence. And time to write this blog.

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our trip to S. Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina

October 7, 2013

We left Kentucky leaving our Rv house there at Kent’s brother’s business location. Our first stop was Bristol, Tennessee. Bristol is an interesting town in that it is on the border between Virginia and Tennessee. Here is an unusual sign dividing the town.

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Kent preached on Sunday at the little church that was our home church while we lived in TN for aviation training more than 35 years ago. Vance Bible Church was such an encouragement to us in those days. We have so appreciated their financial and emotional and spiritual support all these years of ministry.

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Kent was ordained in this church so that makes it that much more special to us. I found this picture of his ordination there and it was fun to share it with these dear people.

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We also got to see and stay with some dear friends and supporters as well.

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Larry and Yolanda drove us around all our old haunts. I had worked at three different places and we drove around looking at them. We drove by where we lived in a little old house. Since we lived there it has been torn down and nice new house was built on the property. Lots of good memories and it was fun driving around and seeing how things had changed. The scenery it still very beautiful of course. We loved living in Tennessee.

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Then we drove on to see some more friends that are also cousins of Kent’s near Blacksburg, Virginia. Again some gorgeous views. They live on a beautiful lake there and we just enjoyed so much seeing them and hanging out with their young adult kids. Here they are with their daughter Mindy and her dog.

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We enjoyed all the winding roads and choose to drive around more slowly to see more. Here is some of the scenery in Virginia and on our way to visit our next friends.

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We stopped at this river view. The river was so calm you can see a perfect reflection. Wow!

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Down the road a little ways I spotted this old outhouse. I was intrigued by the sign. Of course you wouldn’t want any “strangers” using your outhouse! Funny!

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I love the way the mailboxes show how these people live up the road a little ways.. It is like stepping back into another era of time. IMG_5983

We next journeyed on to North Carolina. We went visit some more friends.

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We first went to Charlotte. Our supporters live there. We had such a good time seeing them and their son and his wife. The son had not been married very long and so we had not met his wife before. It was so fun to see all of them again. They have a real sense of humor and when Kent asked them for a half cup of coffee, they came out with this one. Funny!

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We then went on to a smaller town south of Asheville to see Ruth and Mike again.   We first met them 6 years ago in Phoenix.

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They also lived in a RV like ours and pulled with a big white Volvo. So we became instant friends. They have decided in this last year to get off the road and built a beautiful house amongst trees.

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Beautiful! It was so fun to see them again and to catch up.  They drove us around on the Blue Ridge Parkway which winds through the Smokey Mountains all around Virginia, Tennessee and North and South Carolina.  Here I am sitting looking at the view. That is not really smoke..but fog from the way the mountains and the humidity make them look especially in the mornings. It is actually much prettier than this looks!  But this looks pretty good!

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 I think the 4 of us talked non stop for the two days we were there. But we had a lot to catch up on so that is what happens. We do hope to go back and see them when we can take our Rv house and rest there a bit.nIt seemed like such a peaceful place. Thanks for the visit Ruth and Mike!

We then returned to our RV house in Owenton, KY to get ready for the next trip. Watch for that blog.!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers