"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."
- Peter Marshall
Hello all. How's it going? I am a little stressed right now. School is keeping me very very busy and I have a huge paper to write. I have 13 pages down so far and just another 40 or so to go. UGH! It's character building, right? Aside from that, I have some 1800 pages to read by June 2 and some other papers to write, so needless to say, this post will be short.
The last couple of weeks have been wonderful. First, the Escapees rally in Lodi was a blast. We went to hang out with fellow full-time RVers and with the Christian group. There were some 500 people at this rally and 32 from our Christian group. Man we loved hanging with them and enjoyed making new friends. God is doing some amazing things in their lives and we enjoy hearing their stories. We look forward to seeing some of them again at the rally we will be attending in Gillette, WY.
From there, we crossed the Sierra Nevada mountain range into Nevada. WOW, what a drive that was. At times it was a bit hairy, but the scenery more than made up for it. I wish we could have taken some pictures of the mountains, snow, and valley but we had to focus on the road most of the time and, since it was a two-lane road, we couldn't stop and take pictures because we had a line of traffic behind us. Taking that 40' fifth-wheel through mountain passes can be an adventure!
Anyway, we landed in Carson City and loved it immediately. We had an awesome view of some snow-capped mountains in our backyard and enjoyed that very much. Our first adventure there was Lake Tahoe. Talk about beautiful. I thought Yosemite was awesome, but this really was breathtaking. I think because it combines both mountains and water in the same scene. And speaking of water, this is the cleanest lake water I have ever experienced. You can see to a depth of 90 feet in this lake. Cool (literally and figuratively)! It is also very deep at 1600 feet and sits at 6000 feet in elevation. The mountains in the background are the Sierra Nevada's that we crossed over the previous day. Lots to do in this area in both the summer and winter and would make a lovely place for a family vacation.
Steve and I visited one of the casinos in Carson City and lost $120. Man, I just hate that. I feel like such a poor steward of the funds that God has graciously provided to us so we have vowed to not do that ever again. We will pay Bingo (big fans of that game) because it's entertainment. But the slot machines are off limits! We also visited the Del Webb community in Reno and loved that too. This is definitely an area that we will think about relocating to.
Speaking of Reno, we headed into the city to visit the automobile museum that houses Mr. Harrah's (the casino founder) collection. We loved this museum. The way they laid out the collection was by year and also included vintage clothing that came from the same era as the cars. There were also pictures from the same time frame. Very nicely done. I love old cars. They are more like art than machine to me. Especially the hood ornaments. Back in the early days of automobiles, there were tons more manufacturers than there are today and each one had a distinctive hood ornament. I wish we would have gotten more pictures of them because they were just spectacular. Next time you are at a car museum or car show, check out the hood ornaments.
Steve and I also like visiting old cities and experiencing some of the history. We had dinner in the town of Genoa one night. This town was established in 1851 as a stopping point for Mormon traders who were crossing the mountains into California in search of gold. Check out their website for more information http://www.genoanevada.org/visitgenoa.htm. We had dinner at the Tombstone Tap & Grill which is owned by the guy who started Tombstone Pizza (which he promptly sold to Kraft for oodles of money). Cute town. We also visited Virginia City. WOW was this a bit of history. The town is carved into the side of a mountain so the streets are different levels and very steep. The city was built to support those working in the Comstock mine. A good portion of the town burned down in 1875 but was rebuilt in 1876, and those buildings are still standing today. Fun piece of history to visit.
Well, that's it for this week. Steve and I are in Provo, Utah right now and will fill you in on those details next week. Until then, be good and I hear some good weather is headed to the Detroit/Toledo area. Also, if you wouldn't mind, please pray for me as I struggle to get all that I need to do completed. I'm in the home stretch of this Master's Degree. When I finish with these 4 classes, I have 3 to go!!!!