After years of planning we are now 1 week away from departing for a 6 month cross-country adventure. Readers of this blog know that we’ve camped for nearly 40 years from tents to popups to a 5th wheel. With the acquisition of “Ole Red”, our 2000, 34′ Foretravel we believe we now have a rig that will provide both comfort, safety and practicality for seeing the country.
We’ve put over a year into updating many of Ole Red’s mechanical systems in preparation for the trip. As any long-time RV’er knows, preventative maintenance is the key to minimizing mechanical interruptions, especially over longer time/distance travels. Doesn’t mean we won’t have a breakdown along the way….just that those systems most likely to fail over the coach’s 18 years of life have been addressed. Stay tuned.
An important aspect to this journey is also our strong desire to experience the country we live in….both its history and its natural beauty. As a result we hope to spend time outside typical “RV Resorts” in favor of State Parks, Corps of Engineers, National Forests and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in addition to National Parks, Recreation Area’s and Monuments. Also hope to begin seeing as many of the Presidential Libraries along our route as well as the important opportunity to see lots of Diner’s Drive-Ins and Dives.
Finally, there’s the important opportunity to strengthen our connection to each other and to our Faith. Over our soon to be 34 years of marriage we’ve both been busy….work…raising kids…stuff. This will be an opportunity to spend significant quality time with each other in pursing something we’ve always enjoyed but simply not been able to spend a great amount of time doing….camping.
As Christians we also believe strongly that we are temporary residents on an Earth made by our Creator God. A new friend gave us a Travel Journal entitled “God’s splendor is a tale that is told” (Psalm 19:1). I’ll share its Introduction:
“Our world is so big that even if we traveled every day of our livest we’d never see it all. There would still be lagoons to snorkel, mountains to crest and hidden nooks and crannies of creation to explore. Earth is merely a grain of sand on the shore of a limitless universe.
And still we get bored. We simply stop exploring because we believe we’ve already conquered this tiny corner of the universe. But right under our noses there are buds beginning to bloom, leaves preparing to fall, lizards scurrying over rocks, or tiny ants carrying tremendous loads. Above us there’s a sky filled with so many distant worlds that our minds cannot fathom its expanse.
Today, wherever the road takes you, open your eyes. Instead of hurrying past what you’ve already seen, look again. Take time to appreciate the detail God has woven into nature. Look at the faces of the people you pass along the street. Notice the buildings, the food, the artwork, the amazing innovation, and the imagination that originated from the human brain – another of God’s masterworks.”
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. (Psalm 32:8) The God of gods, the mighty Lord himself, has spoken! He shouts out over all the people of the earth, In every brilliant sunrise and every beautiful sunset, saying “Listen to me!” (Psalm 50:1)
Join us as we look…and listen.