June 24/day 1: Driving from Ashland to Hopkinsville KY
Lodging: Marybeth and Phil Brand
What a fantastic Sunday morning!! Three professions of faith, a baptism, and a celebration of our fourth year of ministry here at South Ashland. And a planning meeting for our trip to the Holy Land next spring. Hard to think about that adventure when still working out this one! A perfect send-off.
After fixing a small wiring issue with the trailer lights, cleaning out the fridge, and grabbing last minute I-might-need-that items, we were suddenly on the way to Hopkinsville, KY!
We are well supplied with food, clothes, and a 32 year old pop-up camper. No AC, no bathroom, but a shelter from the elements that’s easy to tow and a bit more comfortable than a tent. Only the boys’ bicycles this trip, for riding around the campground or making a quick trip to the camp store. Our travel plan is to work our way to El Paso, TX by way of Dallas. Once there the real exploring begins with Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands. We have a tentative schedule and major stops, with some wiggle room for unplanned excursions.
June 25/day 2: Driving from Hopkinsville to Little Rock, AR
Lodging: Willow Beach ACE (Army Corp of Engineers) campground
We had a wonderful over-night in Hopkinsville with close friends who are renovating an old house. Lots of catching up, reminiscing, and remoding stories.
Now we head to Little Rock, Arkansas. You know you’re headed in the right direction when the gas station offers warm boiled peanuts! One of my mom’s favorite snacks.
Willow Beach is a quiet, well-kept campground. It was perfect, except for the swarms of mosquitos! Let's just say they were very eager to taste some sweet KY blood.
You have noticed Charles Jeremy Wesley, our friend and mascot. Known as The Other Wesley/TOW, Charlie, or CJ. He’s very photogenic so keep an eye out for him.
June 26/day 3: Driving from Little Rock to Dallas, TX
Lodging: Lewisburg Lake campground
Before leaving Little Rock, we made a quick detour to see Little Rock Central High School. During the Civil Rights movement 9 black teens braved the halls of previously segregated all-white Central. It’s hard to imagine the serene shady street packed with protestors and armed National Guard soldiers. And difficult to accept that these events were not too far distant in our History.
We arrived at the campground early enough to enjoy a quick swim in the lake. The temperatures are in the upper 90's, low 80's at night.
We were gifted a set of prayer beads for our journey made by Sharon Shortridge and Carol Barnhorst. We were in the path of flying semi-truck tire treads twice in three days of driving!. Thankfully no permanent damage, just some scraped paint and a dent in the camper box.
I'll close tonight with another miracle. Joel, who is usually very responsible with his glasses, kept them on while wading in the lake. He and Ben got to rough-housing and sure enough the glasses ended up about 5 feet down at the bottom! Keith and I slowly swept the sandy bottom. I just assumed they were gone and tried to work out how we could replace them quickly. You would think that after God provided on our bike trip I'd have a bit more faith.
And just as we were going to give up the search, KEITH FOUND THEM! Completely undamaged. So we are sleeping well tonight